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I had three major problems...
, April 5, 2012
I had three major problems with this pencil:
1). The day I got it, the eraser cover/lead indicator broke (I dropped it, but
that was the first and last time I did so, and who doesn't drop their pencil at
least once in their life?). While this provided little inconvenience other than
being visually unappealing, it indicates a poor material quality.
2). The second issue I had with it was that the lead dispenser adjustment
feature slowly began to "drift" towards the tip of the pencil, by this I mean
that the piece was sliding (not twisting) in such a manner that eventually, to
keep the pencil at the same lead-dispensing level, there was a physical gap
where the twistable section ended. This is difficult to describe with words, but
the end result was that it became more difficult to adjust the lead dispenser as
time went on, and it was again visually unappealing.
3) The third and worst issue I had with this pencil was that as time went on,
the lead dispersal became more difficult, in that pressing the eraser to release
more lead would often time fail entirely. The best way I can describe this is
with the analogy of prairie dogging; the lead would simply push out slightly
before retracting back into the shaft. End result being that the pencil became
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I recieved this pencil...
, October 25, 2010
I recieved this pencil today and thought I'd share some initial impressions:
I was rather leery at first about the sturdiness of this pencil, given my
expectation that the guide pipe moved in and out of the body but was more than
plesantly surprised. It isn't the guide pipe which moves but the entire assembly
from the knurled gripping area to the outer sleeve which protects the guide
I was attracted to the fact that you could vary the amount of exposed guide pipe
and the fact that you can adjust the amount of lead advanced per button push.
I've long since gotten used to double-clicking a pencil and then tapping in the
lead to adust before resuming so I've been wating one of the Steadler
Regulators. The only down-side to getting the Steadler was the fact that they
had fixed guide pipes. While the fixed GP promotes strength and durability, I've
had too many incidents which caused damage to those oh-so fragile components
from drops or bangs. This in spite of the fact that I tend to be very cautious
with my pens and pencils. So a retractable GP has always been pretty high on my
list of desirable features for any pencil. The fact that I can advance the point
guard and grip instead of retracting the GP means I don't have to face the
compromise of strength for the sake of protection.
While the lead adjustment was initially somewhat inconsistent, it soon "wore-in"
and provides uniform feeding now that I've used it for a little while.
Since its arrival, I've given it a real workout. I've used it to complete over
thirty sketches and have gone through two leads. Overall, I'm very pleased.
A previous reviewer mentione that the build quality seemed to have suffered
compared to a previous version of this pencil. While I can't make any such
comparison myself, I have to say that I was expecting something a bit sturdier
than this struck me as being when I first began familiarizing myself with this
pencil, but so far it has impressed me.
Another previous reviewer commented on the oddity regarding the hardness
indicator and I have to agree that it's rather annoying that I can't indicate
anything softer than "B" since I usually use HB, B, and 2B leads but it's not
something that's going to make me absolutely insane.
The price is rather steep for most people, but I look at pens and pencils as
tools since I use them on a daily basis for work. Given that the cost of one of
these is 1/10th as much as I paid for any one of most of my pens, it seems quite
reasonable to me. The cost involved doesn't bother me so much since I look at
them as work-related investments... and tax deductable. ;-D
I'll try to remember to write a follow-up after I've abused this machine for a
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This is my number one...
, September 1, 2009
This is my number one preference for a quality metal barrel drafting pencil. I
draw portraits with this pencil and have had zero problems with it after 4
years. The lead never slips, and is made sturdy. I agree completely with the
above review. I use many drafting pencils as a caricature artist; sizes range
all the way up to 3 mm. For small detail work, there is not a better drafting
pencil that I have experenced yet
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I really like this pencil....
, March 25, 2010
I really like this pencil. It feels very good in the hand and writes very well.
I did not like the eraser assembly that much though, kinda cheap for such a
pricey pencil. I rarely use erasers on pencils like this so not that big of a
| Excellent drafting mechanical...
, March 21, 2013
Excellent drafting mechanical pencil. I am using for this one for about a year,
no problem at all. Thanks for everything.