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I'm a math graduate student,...
December 31, 2007
I'm a math graduate student, so producing reams of paper covered in pictures and calculations is how I spend my days. This has been my favorite pencil for some time now. I'm afraid I can't compare with the other drafting pencils -- some look attractive but not their prices, but for a student on a budget these have worked well. My friends notice and covet my pencil (though they make fun of my "exacto-pencil" since it resembles the knife).

Why I like it: The slim barrel is comfortable for my small hands. I'm clumsy and easily distracted, so the grip usually keeps me from dropping the pencil, and yet I can attest it isn't damaged when I do. The .9mm lead is most practical since I write with a heavy hand.
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I totally love this pencil....
April 25, 2012
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I totally love this pencil. I definitely love the thicker lead size.

I have no use for this in real life, yet I always want to try and use it when I can!

I find graphing pencils to be lovely to look at and this one is no exception.

It has a great weight to it, I can use it for hours, and because of the wider lead I can't remember the last time the lead broke on me while in use.

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Workhorse of a pencil....
July 22, 2011
Workhorse of a pencil. Gets the job done, never had any problems with it, good value. The knurled grip seems to have the right balance between grip-ability and comfort. I have pencils that cost twice as much that don't feel as sturdy as this guy.
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I purchased the Graphgear...
March 31, 2013
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I purchased the Graphgear 500 to replace my previous daily use pencil, the Pentel P200 series, and because it had a knurled grip. After trying most of the 0.5mm drafting pencils that Jetpens has to offer, this series 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 600's knurling)
-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 shaft
-Sometimes the end cap/lead sleeve will annoyingly rattle, but it more often does not

I do recommend this pencil, for the price you get a knurled grip, very solid mechanism, perfect weight balance, and a very durable pencil. I own all of these pencils, and they all see use. The 0.5 is my personal favorite, however this pencil is excellent as far as .9 mm pencils go.
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For the money this pencil...
January 26, 2009
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For the money this pencil is a great deal. Light weight it feels great in your hand.
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The Graph Gear 500 series...
September 11, 2015
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The Graph Gear 500 series is probably the best value and the best all around daily mechanical pencil you will find. Much nicer than the the awkward 1000 series with that weird clip thing (they need to rethink that design). The mechanism is bomb proof and reliable, the weight balance is perfect as is the grip. Couldn't ask for a better writing machine. 0.5-0.7 are my favorite lead sizes, but I have the whole line now....sweet!
alright pencil was expecting...
March 5, 2015
alright pencil was expecting more from Pentel
Made well, not thrilled...
February 7, 2015
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Made well, not thrilled with the plastic barrel. The chrome knurled grip could be more defined for my taste but is a good buy.
Writes great!...
October 31, 2014
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Writes great!
My favorite drafting...
April 19, 2014
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My favorite drafting pencil of all time! A good, solid feeling pencil with great balance and a comfy grip (and I'm usually not wild about metal grips). I love the .9mm size lead for sketching. I will be ordering more of these!
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