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3.5 (16 reviews)
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The Ohto Promecha series is a great line of precision pencils from Japan. The 1000 series features a brushed silver metal body, metal grip, adjustable lead grade indicator and an adjustable sleeve. Just twist the metal grip to conveniently extend or retract sleeve length.

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This is probably the...
October 30, 2010
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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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I've had this pencil...
May 24, 2014
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I've had this pencil for a couple month now so I'm writing this review. Every single time I use this pencil I have to first replace the lead because this pencil breaks it. The metal tip before the knurled grip also comes loose every now and then. Other than those things the pencil is otherwise very nice.

2/5 because of the lead breakage
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What a wonderful pencil....
July 26, 2012
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What a wonderful pencil. I'm a Web Developer and my daily business includes Sketching and writing in a Daily Business Journal. So I have multiple uses for my few pencils. The Ohto Promecha 1000P is great for sketching those difficult and detailed sketches. The grip is really nice to use, it's visually appealing and light-weight.

JetPens also made the delivery to me in about 3 days. Well worth the price. Feel like it's almost a steal.
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I loved this pencil at...
October 2, 2014
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I loved this pencil at first, but after a short while it started breaking lead. Worse of all it seems like lead is stuck in the mechanism and can't be removed. Basically it seems broken for me now. Can not get lead in it period.
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Space age looking and...
April 12, 2009
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Space age looking and at the same time the shape is a bit odd. Yet, I find that writing with it is a pleasure, took several pages of notes tonight and have nothing bad to say. Love how the sleve retracts with a twist of the barrel. Good weight, not too top heavy, lead dispensed per click is good too. Seems like a nice compromise compared to other drafting pencils on this site. The ohto 1500 seems to be overkill to me and I have read some questionable things about the graphgear 1000 on another forum. So to sum it up, so far so good. I plan on writing with this quite a bit so I will check back in if durability is an issue.
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