I purchased this pencil...
I purchased this pencil through a different vendor, but it is the exact model
that I am reviewing here.
I wanted to love this pencil, but I just couldn't. The 1500p is not a bad
pencil, but it seems like it was put together with a smooth appearance as the
primary goal and smooth function as an after thought. With a few tweaks this
could be a truly great pencil, but as it stands it is just too far off of the
mark to merit its price.
The issues begin at the cap and do not end until the tip. The end cap is tight,
but the stem is loose and rattles around when writing, and the LGI in the cap is
a little difficult to adjust until you learn the trick of it. Moving down, the
clip is removable (which is nice), but even when fully tightened it is not a
tight clip. The lead length adjuster is a nice feature, but without any stops
or indicators it is impossible to tell where you are on the scale without some
trial and error. The grip/guide pipe adjuster appears to be knurled, but the
so-called knurling is slippery and does not really provide much in the way of
grip (the knurling really seems to be there for the sake of appearance). The
adjustable guide pipe feature is also nice, but it does not lock into place, so
it would not be difficult to accidentally adjust it without intending to do so
(in the 1500p’s defence I did not have any real issues with this, but I would
have been much happier if it had a way to lock in place). Finally, the tip. I
found that no matter where I placed the lead length wheel the initial dispensing
of lead was tiny and did not extend as expected until the second push. The
guide pipe also seemed fairly susceptible to pressure, which might well pose as
a risk in regards to being damaged or bent.
In spite of its drawbacks there is a lot to like about the 1500p. The pencil
looks great, it is a nice looking pencil with its design obviously geared toward
a smooth and pleasing appearance. The pencil has a nice heft to it and feels
solid without being too heavy. Gadget folks will love the fact that there are a
tons of things that the user can adjust (the clip is removable, there is a lead
grade indicator, and both the length of the guide pipe and of the dispensed lead
can be adjusted). The O-rings half way up the pencil are a nice touch, allowing
for a good grip when adjusting either the pipe or the lead (the rings also look
cool, which is a plus). Finally, it is a nice and slim pencil with a slightly
fatter grip making it feel streamlined without having to sacrifice good finger
placement. If the 1500p were about $10 less expensive I would even say that it
was worth the cost, in spite of its issues...but as it stands it is not.
If you can find the 1500p for a good price then I would say that it’s worth a
try, but at the standard $20- $25 I would say to take a pass on this one.