Average Customer Review
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is probably the...
, 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.
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
What a wonderful pencil....
, July 26, 2012
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
JetPens also made the delivery to me in about 3 days. Well worth the price. Feel
like it's almost a steal.
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
Space age looking and...
, April 12, 2009
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.
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best all-around drafting...
, May 24, 2013
Best all-around drafting pencil I've ever used.
Compared to all the modern-day greats, such as the Rotring 600, Graphgear 1000,
Rapidomatic, Rapid Pro, Kuru Toga, and even Ohto's own Super-Promecha, this is
the best all-around pencil I've ever used.
The weight is perfect, the grip (older style, no longer offered here at Jetpens)
is perfectly knurled without being too smooth or too rough, and the internal
parts are brass with plastic for the lead sleeve to keep the weight down. The
retractable tip via rotating grip is less awkward than the auto-on style of the
Graphgear and Rapid Pro, in that you don't have to worry about plastic wearing
out or having to manually push back the lead sleeve to retract it. It twists in
or out and the action is solid. The lead sleeve is almost on par with the
laser-precise internals of the Pentels, in that there is no lead wobble at all.
The eraser is decent, but just a Mars plastic imitation which can be replaced
The balance is also spot on, much like the Rapidomatics of old, which were
(until now) the most well-balanced pencils I'd used. You pick this up and it
makes other drafting pencils feel strange all of a sudden, because they got it
right with this one. The Super-Promecha is too long, too heavy and frankly is no
longer of serious quality after the latest revision.
I bought three of these to keep for a lifetime of drawing, since they're phasing
out this older design. Again, best all-around pencil I've ever used.
1 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
I've had this pencil...
, April 30, 2009
I've had this pencil for roughly five months now, and I can say that after
every-day use I would not recommend it for most people.
For durability I would rate this pencil a 5/5, for the full-aluminium doesn't
wear easily, and after 5 months of every day use the only problems I have
encountered are the lettering on the barrel rubbing off some from clip, and the
grip's diamond finished chipping in almost microscopic scratches. The
retractible tip is very solid and at first lead breakage was a problem, but this
was fixed as soon as I removed the factory lead.
For Overall construction I would rate it a 2/5, because of the cheap interior
and the lack of ability to service the parts yourself. There is no way to
unscrew the barrel from the tip and clean it or replace the spring if need be,
but this hasn't really presented any problems so far. The inner lead guide is
cheap plastic though, and bends, scratches. and tears easily. Don't plan on
using the eraser much on this pencil, for you will eventually loosen the eraser
cap so much that it will never stay on. The eraser cap doesn't fasten securely
to the pencil, and it is very irritating to have to worry about it coming off
For writing I would rate it a 3/5, because it's cumbersome to write with the
guide pipe at halfway for increased stability. I use this to write
Chinese/Japanese every day also, and it performs decently.
My biggest complaint though is that it is uncomfortable to hold. For some
reason, my hand sweats noticeably more when using this pencil over others, this
is annoying! This pencil is also smaller than you would expect, and for my
average-sized American hands it was still too small to write with comfortably. I
would ONLY recommend this pencil if you have small hands!