I agree with other reviewers--...
March 29, 2012
I agree with other reviewers--this is an excellent pencil. I was a little
surprised, because of the dozen-or-so "drafting" pencils I own, this quickly
became one of my favorites--even though it was only about eight bucks. The
Promecha 500P (SP-504P) was my first 0.4-mm also, which I've found to be a
be-yoo-tee-ful compromise between the more popular 0.3 and 0.5-mm sizes. If you
find 0.3mm leads break too easily and a 0.5mm just isn't fine enough, try a
0.4mm. They're not that common, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
I can't think of another under-ten-dollar pencil with a METAL barrel offhand,
either--like this one. The nose-heavy balance is just right, and the metal
knurling on the grip is comfy and what I call "non-distracting." The Promecha
also seems to have an extra-long distance between the grip and the lead--putting
your fingers further from the page and making it easier to see what you're
writing. I noticed this right away.
And yes, after a suitable "test drive," I go at my pencils with a scale and
micrometer for comparison purposes, so--the Ohto Promecha 500 is definitely
light (at 12.6g), heavier only than my bantamweight 0.3mm Pentel Graphlet
(10.1g) and Uni M5-552 (12.44g). Compare this to 19.65g for the Uni Shift Pipe
Lock (nice, but a real Buick compared to the Promecha or Pentel). The grip is
9.3mm in diameter--about average. Compare that to the tiny 8 mm of the Alvin
Draftmatic and the 9.7 mm of the Uni Kuru Toga Roulette.
It's well-made, and I couldn't find fault with the quality of any pieces or
parts or the mechanism, which has a solid feel and no "sloppiness." This is a
case where "light" does NOT equate to "feels cheap."
I'd definitely recommend it--it's really a great pencil and it's inexpensive
enough to buy several, and either give one away (guaranteed to make a friend) or
not lose sleep over losing.
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