I really like this product;...
February 22, 2015
I really like this product; maybe it's because I grew up in the 80's and I loved
Transformers. In pencil mode, it is surprisingly ergonomic; the notch at the
end serves as an excellent index-finger rest and balances the pencil nicely.
The compass arm folds out with a nice action and both joints can be adjusted
with a Philips screwdriver. For reference, the maximum radius this compass can
reach is 6.25 inches (16cm). The metal body construction feels very sturdy and
has a nice heft to it, making writing comfortable.
There are a few minor issues I have with it. First, the compass tip is
permanent, unlike higher-end drafting compasses which have removable tips.
Unlike the body, which is made from aluminum, the tip is made from stainless
steel, so it's probably not an issue. Second, the clip doesn't have a much
spring and there is a gap of several millimeters between it and the body; if you
put it in a pocket, say, the clip won't hold it in place. I currently have a
Cubix Pen Case
3176) and I can't put it in the outside pouch because it just falls out. Third,
the lead provided with the pencil is low quality; you should replace it
immediately. It's not as long as normal lead, so you'll have to break off a
length for use in this pencil. Sadly, that extra chunk isn't long enough to do
anything with, so it feels a bit wasteful. Finally, there isn't an eraser. I
don't really have an issue with this, since I like to use a polymer block eraser
anyway, but it's good to know.
In short, there are a few minor issues, but overall it's a solid product. It
feels good in the hand, writes well, and transforms into a compass when needed!
Sadly, it doesn't make the Transformer's noise...but I do.