This is the best pencil...
December 5, 2014
This is the best pencil holder I've used - by a wide margin. The push-button
makes inserting and adjusting the pencil's extension length trivially easy. It
takes pencils with thicker enamel coatings (most artist's pencils) without
damaging them. I'm sure the jaws cause some small amount of wear on the
pencil's paintjob, but I haven't really noticed any.
The eraser hidden under the end cap has turned out to be surprisingly handy.
It's certainly not as nice as a kneaded eraser, which I try to have on hand, but
it's wonderful to have it as backup.
Despite being metal, the aluminum is very lightweight and I don't find the
holder to put the pencil out of balance. The jaws are low enough in profile
that gripping the holder around the jaw area, while not ideal, is not a painful
experience. In all, it's very comfortable, especially compared to the holders
which use metal rings to tighten the grip. It's way more comfortable than those
Because of the easy push-button jaw release, it would make an excellent point
protector as well as holder - just reverse the pencil and you're set!
Another nice feature is that with the eraser and end cap removed, the holder
becomes completely hollow for its entire length, allowing you to use it with any
length pencil, even brand new ones, if you wish.
In all, I can't say enough good things about it. For a while, I considered
buying another one so that I can use several short pencils at the same time -
but it's actually so easy to swap pencils in this holder, that really becomes an
As for durability, only time will tell. I've used up the last two inches of a 2B
Staedtler Mars Lumograph at my desk with no problems, but I've not tried
something more abusive like pocket carry.