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Frequently Asked Questions
Alvin's Draft-Matic drafting pencils are designed to provide convienient features in a professional package. This cushion pointed pencil has a plastic barrel and a traditional metal knurled design on the grip as well as on the top lead grade indicator. Pencil eraser is hidden underneath the top knock button.
Pencil Dimensions: 5.6 inches (14.2 cm) long and 0.3 inches (8.4 mm) in diameter.
This pencil is excellent. I'd consider it the value-version of the Rotring 600.
The grip and tip and mechanisms are extremely similar. Although the barrel is
plastic, it is heavy duty and feels extremely well built and solid in the hand.
I've done hours and hours of math and engineering homework with this pencil and
it is a joy to use.
I have used both the Alvin Draft-matic and the Rotring 600. Of course the
weight of the Rotring is more substantial than that of the Alvin Draft-matic,
however, I honestly have to say that I prefer the rough knurled grip of the
Alvin Draft-matic. The Rotring 600's grip is also knurled, but it's markedly
smoother to the touch - personally, I like the rougher grip.
Solidly built and even though the barrel is plastic, it is thick and could
probably withstand a good beating. The click is very solid and advances the
perfect amount of lead out. The eraser is tiny but thats the same thing that can
be said about just about every other drafting pencil... Get a Staedtler Mars
In regards to the knurled grip... It is perfect! I dont know how there is people
complaining about the "roughness" and how their fingers hurt after using this
pencil. This is quite possibly the best grip Ive ever felt. This is a drafting
pencil after all and serious manual drafting requires precise control of your
writing instrument and this grip gives you that. You could still hold onto this
thing if it was coated in cooking oil! Anyone complaining about the rough grip
needs to put down their pencil, go outside, do some real manly yard work and
develop some stronger fingers and skin and stop using your girlfriends
moisturizing lotion every hour! Leave this pencil for us real professionals and
go pick up a pink Bic.
My only complaint (if you can even call it that) is the fact that when you write
a certainw ay, the metal cap over the eraser wobbles about 1mm side to side
inside the end of the barrel making it rattle ever so slightly... I fixed this
but using a very very tiny square of the sticky portion of a post it note,
adhered to the side of the cap so that it fits between the side of the cap and
the inside of the barrel, creating a shim of sorts. No more rattles except spare
lead inside the thing!
As a student I've enjoyed using this pencil for math, engineering, and other
technical work. It's comfortable to write with and feels solid. I initially
wanted to purchase a Rotring 600, but thought the price was a little high. When
I saw this pencil, it seemed to me like this was a value-version of the 600.
The tip design and grip is extremely similar. It's got great feel and great
precision. I suspect the main difference is only in the plastic, smooth barrel.
Alvin actually makes a pencil with the hexagonal body like the Rotrings but the
top is not as solid as this one.
I would highly recommend it to those looking for a quality drafting pencil that
has a solid tip for great precision and smooth writing. I've done hours and
hours of homework with this pencil and carry it with me everywhere. I enjoy
using it more than my Graphgear 1000, and the metal grip provides a nice
contrast to my Pentel Smash. It feels like a quality pencil that will last.