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The drafting pencil's...
, December 15, 2011
The drafting pencil's biggest upside is definitely how durable and virtually
unbreakable it is. I have a tendency to kind of...beat up my pencil cases
throughout the year because I bring it with me everywhere. It gets scribbled on,
dropped, lost several times, and the reoccurring event of exploding pens. =_=
(It always happens and I don't know why)
My other mechanical pencils, erasers, etc break into several pieces or gets so
contaminated with lead I can not use it anymore. BUT this pencil NEVER EVER
breaks or even dents. I was amazed by the pencil! :O
BUUUUUT there is a big disadvantage too. Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't get
used to holding it. Mainly because the grip is slippery and strange to the
I think it's hilarious that any erasable writing utensil always gets an eraser
unfit for how much the person will use it. The eraser is suuuuper tiny!
Seriously, not even a centimeter. It goes away quick. Sure you can get refills
but every week?
Overall, GREAT durability but kinda awkward to hold~
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I purchased the Graphgear...
, March 24, 2013
I purchased the Graphgear 500 to replace my previous daily use pencil, the
Pentel P205, and because it had a knurled grip. After trying most of the 0.5mm
drafting pencils that Jetpens has to offer, this pencil is my favorite.
-Eraser cap stays in place
-Clip is removable (I do not like clips on my drafting pencils, as when I turn
them they dig into my skin)
-Solid "click" sound
-Plastic body is strong enough to not bend under writing (in fact, this pencil
and the more expensive Pentel Graphlet shar everything except the grips)
-The grip is the a comfortable knurling (the closest I have found to the Rotring
-View of the lead is absolutely superb, yet the tip is still strong
-The balance is towards the tip, making it easier to guide the pencil as apposed
to forcing it
-Very durable all around
-It's appealing to look at, and people notice the syringe-like look as an
example of quality and precision
-Not pocket safe (I make a little cap out of heat-shrink tubing to protect the
tip and my pockets)
-Slightly awkward at first due to the difference in size of the grip to the
-Sometimes the end cap/lead sleeve will annoyingly rattle, but it more often
I do recommend this pencil, for the price you get a knurled grip, very solid
mechanism, perfect weight balance, and a very durable pencil.
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I like this drafting...
, March 1, 2013
I like this drafting pencil enough that if I blindly grab it out of my stash of
drafting pencils, I wont drop it and pick up another. I would have given it more
stars, but theres a few things that I would like to see on it to get 5 stars.
Length - This is a goo length, I havent noticed that it was too long or short,
so length is fine.
Weight - It's on the lighter side, but weight really isnt an issue with me in
any drafting pencils.
Construction - The grip part is metal, knurled nicely, no issue gripping it
while writing (for classes or work). The body is plastic, but its strong enough.
I wouldnt use it as a prybar, not really sure how many really snap their pencils
on a regular basis, if they do, might need to carry their writing instruments
elsewhere. Though one bad thing about the body, but I'll post that in the con
Clip - Clip is pretty much standard, it'll hold, but if you bend it, you pretty
much lost the ability of using it without really knowing how to bend the clip
back to the curvature that it needs to be to be functional (if you do, not end
of world, just now it wont have a clip).
Cap - On mine, its a tight fit. Again, I dont take it off and on a lot during my
use, I really only take the cap off to fill it up or if I have to erase several
mm of pencil markings. I use a different eraser for erasing.
Lettering - The lettering on the body is holding up, I havent had it for years,
only about 6mo and so far its holding up.
Pipe length - depending on how you hold your pencils, it can either be a little
on the long side or not a problem. The pipe length really isnt the issue, as
most drafting pencils have this pipe length, but how the whole tip is with the
pipe length. For me, its fine.
Body - Not that its plastic, but that where it screws into the metal grip will
unscrew at times. It'll only unscrew a little before I notice it, but it happens
enough to make me want to put some blue lock on it. I havent had to take apart a
drafting pencil in about 15yrs, so wouldnt think it'd be bad to put some kind of
mechanic screw lock on it.
Lead Indicator - none, thats the problem.
Overall, its a decent pencil, I have the 0.3mm & 0.5mm and like them both. Will
be completing the set here shortly.
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Its a good pencil with...
, February 7, 2011
Its a good pencil with a great grip worth the price. You can change the lead
mode too. But you cant unscrew the tip. It a has great eraser. Great for pen
spinning.The grip is fantastic very good for writing. Highly recommend. Great
for drafting and drawing. If you draw you should get a 0.3 one.
| Awkward. My one complaint...
, December 5, 2012
Awkward. My one complaint is with the weight. Super heavy grip, super light end.
I own a Rotring 600 and a Pentel Graph 1000 which are fabulously weighted but of
course they are slightly more expensive. The pencil would be perfect if they
made the shaft just slightly thicker and in aluminum or something a little more
substantial than just thin plastic. Had to give it away. Other than that I have
no complaints. Sturdy, good design. It's so close. But if you're not so critical
on balance, and more on just having a decent drafting pencil, you'll like it.
Good thing? It's cheap.