|Model Number||ALVIN DM07|
|Diameter - Grip||8.3 mm|
|Diameter - Max||8.6 mm|
|Lead Diameter||0.7 mm|
|Lead Grade Indicator||Yes|
|Lead Sleeve Length||4.0 mm|
|Length - Body||14.2 cm|
April 7, 2013
Eraser that came in it...
Eraser that came in it is actually decent. I really like the metal grip and the pen itself feels solid. Local art store was selling these for $14. I'm happy that I got it on sale here for $10.20. Definitely a good purchase. If you buy this pencil, you won't regret it.
March 1, 2013
I gave this pencil 5...
I gave this pencil 5 stars because I've been using this lead size more and more lately. 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 the body.
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.
Cap - This is another crap shoot, some are more better fitting than others. Again, this is a downside to buying online but not a total deal breaker as they do go into the pencil enough not to have fallen out while in use.
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.
February 17, 2013
This is the best 0.7mm...
This is the best 0.7mm pencil on the market. I've had many 0.7 pencils to compare it to, and I have a collection of over a dozen highest quality drafting pencils from all the best companies: Rotring, Steadtler, Pentel, and Pro-use...
Alvin Draftmatics are solid, well-made, well-weighted and balanced, precise, durable, stylish, and comfortable. They feel great in your hand, and inspire to to create good ideas and pictures with your hand.
They have a solid click sound and feel when you advance the lead. The grippy and solid knurled metal grip is comfortable, secure, and it screws onto metal threading on the body, not plastic threading! So it is metal to metal... do not worry about stripping the crappy plastic threading you find on inferior pencils.
The tip gives you a good view of your work. And it is designed similarly to the Rotring series of drafting pencils, but I think the Alvin pencils are much better than even the Rotring 800 series, at less than one sixth the price!!
If you are even remotely tempted to try this pencils, you absolutely must give it a chance. It will not disappoint you. Even if it was 100 dollars, I'd say it's still worth it. It's just that well made, and should last you your whole life.
It also has replacement parts available, such as erasers, so you can keep it in ship shape for all those years of service which you are bound to enjoy in the future!
It will become a friend, not just a pencil...