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This is the best drafting...
February 4, 2009
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This is the best drafting pencil I have used so far.
It is well balanced (the center of weight is about one centimeter from the upper end of the grip) and very lightweight. I thought that it would be much heavier, but in fact it is only slightly heavier than an all plastic pencil.
The grip is a very well designed one. It is quite hard to give a solid feel, but in the same time the rubber strips which do not stand out of the metal base that much allow a better grip on the pencil than a knurled piece of metal would allow.
The pencil's design is a very timeless and practical, yet elegant one. If the pencil was a sculpture, I would define it as modern or bauhaus.
The only negative point is the loud clicking noise of the mechanism, but it is not something that is too annoying. There are worse mechanisms.
Some feature that is rather surprising, but also quite practical is that when you have no lead in the internal clutch and press the advance mechanism, the vibrations of the clutch will propel the lead dust that is produced by the lead sticks rubbing against the edge of the fixed 4mm lead sleeve from the inside out of the tip. So I would say, it is self cleaning to a certain extend.
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Good pencil and great...
April 27, 2016
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Good pencil and great value. I use it everyday.
there are drafting pencils...
January 21, 2016
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there are drafting pencils that fit each persons palm, hand or fingers 'just right'. the steel and rubber grip to the body of the pencil and great weight has made this a constant in my arsenal of drafting pencils. What sets apart this from others is the simple feel of the body. It does not boast a high ergonomic grip or some pressure body for holding, it is a simple drafting pencil. I use drafting pencils for some basic drawing and writing, the body is thin but feels sturdy in my breast pocket and carrying pocket.

fun fact. I've owned a pentel graph 1000 for nearly 10 years. The truth, I had to re-order this exact pencil 4 individual times. the first tour with the graph 1000 started my sophomore year, some 12 years later during an office I lost the entire pouch included in the pouch was this beast. a few trips to office max/depot and collecting some plastic body mechanical pencils had me yearning for this wonderful single barrel beauty. I re-ordered this in 2013 and again in 2016. 2014 was a terrible year -- I learned that with enough pressure and at the right angle these rough machines can be bent and unusable.

the pentel graph 1000 for everyone? perhaps not. but I found my spirit drafting pencil and I will continue to buy them as long as they remain in production.
I consider this to be...
August 19, 2015
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I consider this to be an all plastic version of the more refined Staedtler 925. The grip works well and the weight and balance of the pencil makes it easy to control. As with most less expensive plastic mechanical pencils there was the smallest amount of play in the graphite but nothing that should give anyone pause to try this solid mechanical pencil. I also like the fact that the clip is short so that it does not interfere with my hand as I twirl the pencil in my hand during writing. Overall, not a must have pencil but one I would likely place in my top 5 and definitely in my top 10.
Simply superb pencil.....
April 19, 2015
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Simply superb pencil.. I bought it back in 2012.. still using it.
This is an alright pencil...
March 9, 2015
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This is an alright pencil I was expecting more from Pentel it's very light and the the material is not that good. I would recomend the graphgear 1000
the weight is very well...
March 1, 2015
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the weight is very well balanced and writing is very comfortable. one of the best mechanical pencils I used!
Sadly, I was too poor...
February 15, 2015
Sadly, I was too poor to afford this pencil, but my friend gave it to me instead! Let me first say that just because so many people are writing amazing 5star reviews, don't expect a flawless amazing pencil that'll write for you and make everything perfect or whatever. Keep in mind, this is still a $14 pencil, but for it's price, I think that it's perfect. The weight, some say is too light, but it's heavy enough to have a nice weight on it. It's hard to say exactly what's so good about this pencil, but it's just so much better than an average p205 or other drafting pencil. There's nothing specific that makes this pencil so much better than any others, but it just is. The feel to it, the perfection of the writing, everything just makes this pencil so great. An easy 5/5 for me
Personally, this is the...
February 4, 2015
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Personally, this is the best pencil. If you've get to buy just one pencil, this could be it.
I liked this pencil more...
May 11, 2014
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I liked this pencil more when it was new. Don't get me wrong, it's a very precise and cool-looking tool that's had no trouble whatsoever on the inside. However, if your fingers are just a little sweaty, or you touched your face before you took this mechanical pencil then its rubber inserts are quickly becoming just as slippery as their absence would be. My second and last issue with this pencil is that after a year of so of not so intensive use, the rubber grips started making clicking sound when you squeeze and release the grip. It seems to me that the base of those rubber inserts is sticking and then coming off of whatever is underneath with the clicking/snapping sound, which distracts attention from drawing. One last note is that my other pencil, exactly the same one except it’s 0.7 mm did not make clicking sound when you pressed to extend the lead. As if something was missing in it from the start, wonder if it might be a quality control issue.
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