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May 2, 2014
A great idea but....What...
A great idea but....What a great idea from Pentel. I love larger dia. pencils (0.9mm is my goto size). I don't have to take buble tests anymore (at almost 50 I should hope not!) but I do have a very heavy hand (I can use 3 to 4 0.5mm leads a day due to breakage!) so a thicker dia. lead really appeals to me. In that aspect this pencil is a winner. Grip wise it is suprisingly comfortable. No it's not a Graphgear 1000, but it is far better than say a P20x. So what we have is a nice metal sleeve, metal tipped pencil with a decent grip, good advance and an emergency eraser. Whats not to love? THe mechanics!!! Come on Pentel- seriously a plastic clutch mechanism?? Not even a 3 jaw clutch, but a dreaded 2 jaw. Wow was I bummed about that. Time will tell how this holds up (I will probably take this out to the woodshop to give it a fair shake down). The included leads are top quality Pentel as is the Mark Sheet eraser. Matter of fact the eraser is great. Works as well as my Pentel click erase. The set comes in a nice plastic zipper close bag (mine seems tacky or slightly sticky on the outside) with wonderful Japanese writing all over it! What a beautiful language! All in all I like what is here- just not thrilled with the cheapened mechanics Pentel stuffed inside this.
May 25, 2013
I really enjoy this pencil....
I really enjoy this pencil. The description is accurate. I find that the eraser on the pencil works a bit better than the block eraser, and I'm not sure why you'd need a block-style unless you were erasing your entire test. Then again, the eraser on the pencil is small and would have been better as a twist-up. I think that this pencil could be improved.
+ Smooth, strong lead
+ Quickly fills small areas (bubbles)
+ Smooth lines for drawing
+ Good grip
+ Decent eraser (both on the pencil and block-style)
+ Convenient clear pouch (to bring in to the test without suspicion)
- A lead pointer would be nice, for drawing (though this pencil isn't designed for that)
- Grip is a little oddly-shaped
- Pencil seems a little low-quality, but not less than your standard mechanical pencil
- A twist-up eraser would be nice
I will continue to use this pencil and would probably purchase another one if something happened to this one. It needs improvement, but is still nice for its purpose.