October 30, 2010
This is probably the most comfortable pencil I've ever used to write with for
extended periods. The grip area is a fair bit larger in diameter than that on
most other pencils I've used, which works nicely with the narrower barrel to
keep the pencil perfectly positioned in my hand with less fatigue than I usually
experience. The weight and balance are basically perfect for me, and the texture
on the grip is nice - seemingly smoother than, say, the Pentel GraphGear 600,
but just as effective.
Overall, the Promecha feels very solid, but there is just the slightest hint of
"give" in the lead when writing. Nowhere near the level of wiggle in the Uni
Kuru Toga or their Shift Pipe Lock, and very close to, but not quite up to the
par of the GraphGear 600, which is the most rock-solid pencil I've ever used. I
rarely retract the lead sleeve, since the twist action feels slightly rough, as
though it isn't quite lubricated well enough and would wear out if I used it all
the time. It's probably fine, but I don't want to take the chance and wear it
out. I can't speak much about the cap - I've only taken it off to add lead and
never used the eraser. The lead indicator easy to read and is fairly stiff,
which to me is a good thing.
This has got to be one of the best-looking pencils out there. I've had it for 2
months now, and there's not a ding or nick on it after close to daily use for
notes and assignments. The writing on the barrel doesn't seem to be wearing off
yet, which is more than I can say for any of my Pentels.
Overall, this has quickly become my favorite pencil. It's very good looking,
more solid than anything I've used other than the GraphGear 600, has very good
balance, slightly nicer finish than the similar-ish GraphGear 1000, and is more
comfortable to write with for long durations than any of my other pencils. I
haven't owned it long enough to really comment on its durability, but if after a
few more months it's working as well as it is now, I will definitely buy a few
more so I'll have backups if I ever lose this one, or if it ever wears out.
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