This pencil is quite comfortable to use, with a thickish barrel balanced just
above the last molded ring groove, so neutral to slightly forward bias. The
plastic barrel is thick and weighty, and all the moving parts fit snugly and
with surprisingly little wiggle. The magazine tube appears to be color-coded
plastic, in this case brown for 0.5mm. The clutch is brass, 3 jaws, with a heavy
collar and the weighty nosepiece screws into an unusual tension/compression type
situation, rather like the Pentel P200 range. Lead advance is heavily sprung, a
longish-feeling action with a meaty, solid click. Overall impression is of a
sturdy, knockabout, everyday pencil that won't make you feel bad about leaving
your fancier tools at home. I'm a professional artist, and I delight in using
these puppies all day. I might even go so far as to say I've found My Pencil.
Don't let the bubble-filling-standardized-test-supplies packaging fool you-
these are serious tools. Get some better leads for it, though. The stuff inside
and in the refill tube is scratchy and inconsistent...
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