The Good: A solid, durable,...
, October 12, 2012
The Good: A solid, durable, mechanical pencil with both black and red leads in
0.9 mm, which means the lead won't break (if you break these leads, stop using
mechanical pencils and use a ballpoint instead) and you can quickly switch
between lead colors faster than with any other writing instrument(s).
The Bad: Some are not going to like the "old school" twist advance mechanism,
and there is no retraction mechanism - you have to turn the nose
counterclockwise and then press the lead against a hard surface to retract it -
it's not really a problem for me though. Once you're used to it, it's second
nature. The other issue is that the pocket clip is a joke, even worse than the
one on Fisher Bullet Pens. The smooth stainless steel slips right off the smooth
plastic with very little pressure. Again, though, for me it's not that big a
deal but I'm sure it will be for some.
Summary: All things considered, this is a unique and useful instrument for those
that have a use for its particular properties. I really like mine.
These pencils are terrific....
, September 19, 2012
These pencils are terrific. My father, a mechanical-engineer, used them
throughout his career from the early 50s to the mid-80s. And I've used them as
an editor, relying on the blue/red leads to make my points.