| Eraser that came in it...
, April 7, 2013
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.
| I gave this pencil 5...
, March 1, 2013
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
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.
| This is the best 0.7mm...
, February 17, 2013
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
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
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
It will become a friend, not just a pencil...