Very few of my drafting...
Very few of my drafting pencils get a 5 star (see other reviews). But in this
case, I love this pencil. Now I dont use it a whole lot, but when I use, it
works well. So heres my review.
Length - Not too short or long, works well.
Pipe Length - About standard, not enough to have me change my writing style to
make it work.
Tip - Awesome, its on the longer side due to it part of the grip. Absolutely
love the design of the tip, one of my favorites.
Grip - Favorite, well one of my favorite, knurling on this is fantastic, I would
put it above the Rotring. I have some Alvins that the knurling is wearing down,
but still gives a great grip when writing. Some might say its too aggressive, I
say toughen up some. When you're writing for hours, taking down notes and
jotting things down quickly, it wont slip out of your fingers. Also, I hvent had
it unscrew but just a few times, but thats a rare occasion.
Body - Plastic, but strong, havent snapped it, not sure how other people snap
it, if you're not using it as a pry bar then it shouldn't be a problem. Also,
they're color coded so makes it easy when you pick it knowing what lead size
they are. The girth of the grip is about right, wished it was a tad wider, but
definitely better than most out there (Rotring 500, Pentel 205, etc.).
Lettering - Stands out nicely...
Clip - Has one, about standard, has turned on me really, havent bent mine either
as I dont really use the clip, more there to keep it from rolling off the table.
Lead Indicator - Has one, which is a plus. Knurled as well, not that a lead
indicator needs to be knurled, but sure does make it look nice.
Cap - Shiny, I dont take my cap off very much, really only to refill it...
Lettering - It will wear off with lots of use, I have several that have worn off
Lead Indicator - Biggest grip about these pencils is that its a crap shoot of
whether the indicator will be stiff or not. This is the downside of buying
online, I've had to go to a drafting store to replace a couple of these as the
indicators become too loose, to the point that I wont know what lead softness is
in them without first writing. Not a deal breaker, but worth noting.
Definitely get these, they are a little more pricey than others, but for what
you're getting, its a damn good pencil. I mainly use these in my daily use. I
have the 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, and the 0.9mm.
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