Pentel Orenz Mechanical Pencil - 0.2 mm - White

Pentel Orenz Mechanical Pencil - 0.2 mm - White

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The Orenz mechanical pencil features 0.2 mm lead for amazingly thin, clean lines. It's great for writing notes, math problems, graphs, and more!

Despite being so fine, the lead doesn't break as you write, due to the innovative Orenz mechanism. The guide pipe protects the entire length of the lead, and you write without extending the lead out of the guide pipe, which glides right along the surface of the paper. Since it has rounded edges, the guide pipe doesn't catch on the paper or scratch it. As you write, the guide pipe gets shorter. When you need more lead, just click the top button as you would with any other mechanical pencil. The guide pipe will extend again, along with the lead inside.

Because there's no lead breakage, your papers remain clean without smudges from broken lead dust. You can also retract the guide pipe so it doesn't poke you or your belongings when you've stowed the pencil away.

0.2 mm HB lead is included and you can find more 0.2 mm lead here.

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tl;dr: Rugged and stylish...
September 19, 2014
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tl;dr: Rugged and stylish P200-like body with clever and fool-proof mechanism that allows you to use a 3mm length of lead per click while protecting it with the sliding lead sleeve. Affordable pencil that brings you the best of both worlds, a thin line with none of the inconvenients typically associated with it.

As of writing this, I've got this pencil clipped to my shirt pocket and I just completed a small series of test with it. As always Pentel puts out a very practical and solid-feeling product that features well-executed innovative ideas.

The first thing you notice about the Orenz is the solid plastic body similar in feel to the P200 series we all know and love. The only differences with the P200 series is that the clip is a little more stylized and rounded, and the tip of the pencil is also tapered and stylized. The ridges are more spaced and less deep than on the P200 series, so while it's not as grippy as the P200's, it's smoother yet not outright slippery because of the type of plastic.

Before really putting the lead support system to any tests, I changed the provided HB lead with some Pentel Ain Stein B lead. I don't know if that HB lead is the same stuff as Pentel Ain Stein, and it might be, but it's worth swapping out the leads just to use a softer grade, since it will produce darker, more visible lines while still not smearing.

It is a bit strange to write without seeing the lead at first. Seeing only the tube, I had a very slight "lag" impression the first time I wrote, but you get used to it in seconds. The important thing is that writing with this is very very smooth. The difference between that and naked 0.35mm lead is pretty much unnoticeable.

The next test I did was to hand it to my dad, an extremely heavy-handed and left-handed writer who is used to blunt wood pencils (!!) and cheap ballpoint pens (!!!!!). He had a breakage or two at first, but he was able to write a whole sentence without it breaking. And the lead sleeve is still intact, which I think is a testament to this system's reliability. It won't just fall apart as soon as you put too much pressure. In fact, upon further testing myself, I found that I can confidently put down pressure I would hesitate to put on a 0.9mm! It's not unbreakable by any means, you can't bang it on a table or anything, but it resists to every stress it could reasonably experience.

Next I tried writing with it until the lead runs out. When it does run out, which takes a while because the system allows you to start writing with a full 3 millimeters of lead extended, it doesn't scratch the paper, it just stops writing, and with a single click you've got the full length of the sleeve full of lead again and ready to write. This system truly does everything it could possibly do to minimize the number of clicks you have to make, which is often a criticism of mechanical pencils with extremely tiny leads.

The way I think it works is that the tip of the pencil contains the free-sliding lead sleeve unit, while the lead extender is exactly 3mm behind the sliding sleeve's furthest position. When you click once, the lead extender kisses the back of the sleeve unit and lets the lead drop down to exactly that 3mm length. Further clicks extend a variable amount of lead, between 0.5mm and 1mm, which is the behavior of a lead extender with nothing in front of it to limit it (like most 2mm lead holders).

When people hear about sub-0.5mm lead, they think it's brittle (which is partly due to their poor choice of lead, I think), and they think they'll have to click out lead after every sentence. This pencil shatters those stereotypes, allowing you to use the same pressure you'd put on a really thick lead, and truly maximizing the writing length per click to a degree most thicker-leaded pencils can only dream of.

This is an extremely appealing and affordable option for small writers or STEM students. It blows everything under its price out of the water with its simple and ingenious mechanism, and it compares well to everything above its price thanks to its timeless rugged plastic P200-like body design.
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Honestly, my handwriting...
September 11, 2015
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Honestly, my handwriting and writing form just do NOT go well with smaller pencils and lead sizes. However, the anti-breakage mechanisms implanted in this thing work GREATLY! The only complaint I have is that I often get hand cramps because the pencil itself is so small in diameter, which I just have to get used to. Well worth the money! Beautiful pencil!
Very thin lines and writes...
May 3, 2015
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Very thin lines and writes smoothly most of the time. Sometimes the metal lead protector doesn't give out enough lead to write, depending on the angle written, though that only happens on rare occasions.
This pencil is absolutely...
March 24, 2015
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This pencil is absolutely amazing. I am an Engineering student, and do a good deal of sketches and take copious quantities of notes, so I use my pencils frequently. I also write at a very acute angle (30 degrees or less with respect to the paper), and I find myself always searching for the finest line possible, and this pencil beats my .3 Graphgear500 pencils with ease. I can put three times as much pressure on the lead thanks to the the sliding sleeve, and the only breakage I suffer are compressive failures, crushing the lead, rather than bending and snapping the lead.
The pencil does have some feeding issues now and then, but uses the majority of each piece of lead. One problem I experieced was that I accidentally washed my pencil in a pair of pants, and the lead became statically charges against the inner wall of the pencil, and the lead is too light to fall down. Also be careful during disassembly, as the sliding sleeve is very small, and falls out easily.
All in all, the pencil is great, and well made. I personally bought it purely for the thoughtful engineering that I perceived went into its design. It writes extremely fine, and I've even hooked a few friends on it, switching from .5s.
You should buy it.
Good product...
March 19, 2015
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Good product