Average Customer Review
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is an amazing pencil...
, April 30, 2012
This is an amazing pencil for everyday use. It has great quality and it feel
really sturdy. It has an average drafting eraser , so I recommend buying the
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ahhh, what can I say,...
, March 1, 2013
Ahhh, what can I say, I've used this pencil since I was in 4th grade. By far the
pencil I've used the most, even made a BB shooter out of one of these (in grade
school at that). So heres my review.
Length - Decent, not real long, not real short, it works.
Pipe Length - About standard, not enough to make a difference on how I hold it
Tip - Works well enough, no gripes.
Grip - Has one.
Body - More of a solid piece, dont really have to worry about it unscrewing at
the tip, works well.
Clip - Standard, works well enough.
Cap - One mine, they've never slipped off, so thats a HUGE plus in my book.
Eraser - Has one, but I really dont use it. Some have the needle for clearing,
never needed it personally.
Finish - Kinda shiny, doesnt show scratches really, the shiny metal makes it
more appealing to the eye. The different body colors makes it easy to see what
lead size the pencil is.
Weight - On the lighter side, not a problem in my book, weight isnt really ever
an issue with me in pencils.
Lettering - Pretty decent, they placed it a good spot where it really wont get
rubbed off from using it consonantly.
Tip - Has unscrewed before while writing, nothing major, and again, this is the
pencil I've used the most in my writing.
Lead Indicator - Doesnt have one, I just write whatever lead softness I'm using
and tape it on the body below the cap.
Grip - Biggest problem, not that its a huge problem, but it tends to get
slippery when writing for hours. Wish the grip groves were more pronounced.
I love this pencil, I've gotten more used to other drafting pencils with better
grips and other features, but I wouldnt feel right not having one of these. For
the price, definitely worth having.
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
My favorite pencil ever....
, May 26, 2012
My favorite pencil ever. I've used (as I like pencils) probably most mechanical
(and wooden) pencils available mostly from Germany and Japan, two countries that
produce quality products, costing from few dollars to over $50 each but, I
always come back to this classic pencil.
It just becomes part of my hand with its lightness and shape, I can use it all
day while most other pencils I either get uncomfortable or bored after some
I mostly use 0.3mm and 0.7mm so I can have two different thickness in lines (0.5
and 0.7 is too close for me) but 0.5 and 0.9mm can be used for this purpose too.
0.3mm pencil (brown barrel) is currently not distributed by Pentel USA but is by
web shops, especially if you order from Europe or Asia. eg, pixiemall (Korea) or
stationeryart from Hong Kong and many Japanese sites. 0.3 (p203) is probably the
best 0.3mm pencil ever made. I'm surprised JetPens does not carry it yet.
It is a simple no frills...
, June 21, 2013
It is a simple no frills standard mechanical pencil. I is much better than bic.
I has a metal front and a metal clip it has flat sides so it will not role off
your desk. this is good for graphing lines.
This is a great pencil...
, May 23, 2013
This is a great pencil overall. Unfortunately, the pencil is a little too hard
to write with. As a drafting pencil, it does a phenomenal job. When actually
writing, the feel of the pencil makes writing very jagged and rough.
This is the best mechanical...
, April 13, 2012
This is the best mechanical pencil for every need. Use with a template (it's
primary purpose) is made incredibly easy, note taking in class (as I find to be
its biggest use) is great. The build quality is perfect, and there is no
wiggling in the lead at all.
First off the one problem: the pocket clip. While it is very sturdy and more
than gets the job done, after a little while of use it begins to slip and twist
around. Not a major problem, and one that's easily fixed. Just take a tiny dot
of superglue and the problem is fixed!
The good points: the balance is perfect, and the pencil is very light due to the
plastic construction. The grip is more than sufficient, and after hour and
two-hour lectures the pencil is still comfortable to hold and write with. It is
relatively thin, but that's not a problem in the slightest-more of a personal
So, after fixing the pocket clip, I would say that this pen is unbeatable. The
combination of relatively low cost and high quality makes this my every day
A fan since 1982, these...
, March 15, 2012
A fan since 1982, these Pentel Sharp P series mechanical pencils are, in my
opinion, by far the most durable and reliable ever produced. I have tried most
all of the other styles and brands on the market today but over the years I
always seem to end up back with these ol' reliables. You can pay much more but
you will not go wrong with these. I still have a P205 I used in college
engineering and drafting classes in 82'. Thanks Pentel. Now if I could just find
ink refills for my Pentel Ceranomatics.
I loved this pen, but...
, March 11, 2012
I loved this pen, but it somehow died on me about a week after I started using
it. The lead won't advance anymore! D: Doesn't really matter since it was 5
bucks, but it was still annoying, especially because of all the great things I
heard about this pencil. Will try another one though.
I first bought the Pentel...
, March 10, 2012
I first bought the Pentel P205 from my university bookstore around 1983, for
classes in Engineering, Science, and Math. I also bought the P203 (brown,
0.3mm), for open-notes exams.
The P205 is available in metallic red, metallic violet (purple), metallic green,
metallic blue, metallic pink, black, green, red, marble blue, marble red, marble
green, and marble bronze (brown). JetPens should carry the Pentel P205 Pencil
Metallic Special Edition and the marble colors. This is an advantage of the
simple, clean barrel type of this pencil: it's a large, uniform surface that can
vary in color. You can get them imprinted by Pentel. Wooden barrels are also
available, from craftsmen.
I have the basic collection of the 4 P20x sizes: P203 (0.3 mm, brown barrel),
P205 (0.5 mm, black barrel), P207 (0.7 mm, blue barrel), P209 (0.9 mm, yellow
barrel). The P209 is like holding a hunk of lead; it lacks a "cut" into the
paper; it just rolls over the paper. It is good for shop-work.
Pentel should make the P203 in more barrel colors and distribute it again in the
U.S. It is ironic that the 0.3 mm P203 has restricted distribution, when the
trend in pens is toward thin lines.
Pentel should make a P204; 0.4 mm would be the perfect balance of thinness and
lead strength. I will probably get the Pentel Graph 1000 0.4 mm pencil, which
is almost as light as the P205; it's the closest thing to the P204, which would
be colored green like the 0.4 mm Graph 1000: it would have a green barrel (in
the standard model), paired with a green-capped case of 0.4 mm leads.
The line thickness depends on turning the pencil to chase the sharp spot, and
depends on the paper. A very thin line results from writing smooth or slick
waxy textbook paper, tiny text, light pressure, turning the pencil to pursue the
sharp spot. A thick line results from subtly rough, generic printer paper.
Therefore, one might prefer a P203 for slightly rougher paper -- rough printer
paper causes the thin P203 to be surprisingly thick. Smooth textbook paper
causes the relatively thick P205 to come out surprisingly fine. I wish there
were a P204. On good (smooth) paper, the P203 lacks some character ("character"
= varying thickness in each stroke).
Even as popular as this pencil is, it is still underappreciated, largely because
it is so perfectly understated, efficiently low-key, and streamlined -- a
faithful, unassuming workhorse, universally flexible ranging from everyday heavy
writing, to fully technical work. I've used the P205 for all kinds of work,
including Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Engineering, and design of electric
guitar equipment. P205 is the official pencil of the Egodeath theory, a major
breakthrough theory of religion which I developed especially in 1986-1988; I
have hundreds of pages developing this Theory, using the P205. The P205 is an
intimate part of my life and identity.
Why is this pen so popular? It is very lightweight, so it disappears; it stays
out of the way. It's solid, sturdy, streamlined, doesn't tire the hand when
taking notes all day. The sturdy rigidity of this light-weight pencil gives
full control and feedback, and the tip is thin, making it fast to turn it to
pursue the sharp spot. It is highly respected and familiar in the technical
world. It's got metal where needed, but light-weight plastic on the body. The
eraser-cleanness protector is easy to take off and put on. It advances in small
increments of 0.5 mm, not 1/8" like cheap pencils, to produce the ideal
protrusion. It has a distinctive elegance. This elegant black-and-chrome
design is immune to trendiness. It stylistically ages gracefully, timelessly:
no one would ever design a pencil to look like this today, but it is inarguably
a great, effective design: streamlined, organically curved; almost as if the
situation designed it optimally, rather than mere human designers trying to
calculate what would sell based on merely what looks cool by some superficial,
Another of the many unconscious and underappreciated reasons this pencil is
popular could be the utility of its 4 mm tip as a small thin tool: the thin tip
of the P205 has come in handy countless times when I need a small, thin rigid
poker shape to tweak something. I'm always reaching for this pencil, even for
non-writing related tasks.
My P203 (brown) is vintage: it has a green eraser, with clean-out pin. My
vintage tube of green erasers doesn't work, however; they dried up/broke down.
I understand and support Pentel's decision to switch to the white eraser and
omit the clean-out pin, since a workaround to fix the rare jamming is to use a
piece of lead. The price of entry for this workhorse pencil is a bit of can-do
ability to take it apart and clean out a jam. A part of the whole P205
experience is pulling and tossing the last half-inch of lead and clicking to
advance the next.
The barrel holds many leads, but if you cram too many in, it is more likely to
jam, and probably is not using the pencil as-designed. I think some of the few
experiences I had with this rare jamming are due to storing too many leads.
The Pilot eraser-pin hack, I discovered: Use the two cleanout pins from the
Pilot green box of 5 erasers, "Pilot MS-10 Mechanical Pencil Eraser Refill".
Buy several of the "Pilot MS-10 Mechanical Pencil Eraser Refill" sets, one for
every two P20x's you have. 1 pin is 0.3 mm, 1 pin is 0.5 mm. They can be cut
and inserted into the eraser for a vintage cleaning pin. I remember over the
years occasionally needing to clean out a stuck lead fragment: it rarely happens
but you have to resolve the problem when it does. For 0.5mm, I've done fine
using a piece of lead as a clean-out tool.
You have to be ready to take apart the pencil to some extent, which did present
a problem once when trying to take notes in a meeting when my P205 jammed - I
wanted to spend a few minutes repairing it (don't know if I had a clean-out pin
in that case). It might be a good insurance idea to put a cut clean-out pin in
all your P203 and P205 erasers. Hold the straight part of the pin and let the
loop-handle go flying away when you cut it; don't hold the loop-handle and let
the straight pin go flying away. The P203 (and mythical P204) must use the thin
clean-out pin. The P205 can use the thicker clean-out pin. The P203 especially
benefits from adding a clean-out pin: it's easier for the lead to break, and
harder to use a piece of lead to clean out.
I've had a Pentel P205 mechanical pencil with me almost every day. I've briefly
tried out alternatives, but they only increase my appreciation for this revered
classic, which always has a reserved parking spot in my backpack and desk.
THE mechanical pencil....
, March 7, 2012
THE mechanical pencil. Period. In my mind the P205 is the standard against
which all other mechanical pencils are measured. For the price you cannot get a
This is a clean, simple tool that always just works. Nothing fancy about it.
Durable, stands up to abuse, easy to clean, feels good in the hand. Lead
advance rate is just right. No single attribute really stands out, but
everything about this pencil comes together to make it exceptional. One of the
least expensive mechanical pencils available, and it lasts for years (been using
the P205 for several decades now).
No question that if I could have only 1 pencil it would be the P205.
Ever since middle school...
, February 11, 2012
Ever since middle school almost 2 decades ago, I've never been without a Pentel
Sharp P205. I've owned only five or so during that period of time. And the
only reason I've ever needed to buy a new one to date is because I've either
lost the pencil, or someone's borrowed it and never gave it back. My current
P205 is almost five years old, and may be the first to see retirement because
the plastic cylinder the erasers go in is getting worn out. It's no
exaggeration to say that I'll be a little sad to put it out to pasture.
I swear by these mechanical/drafting pencils. Buy one, and you will too.
I first bought one of...
, January 11, 2012
I first bought one of these over 3 decades ago, and it has been the standard
against which I have measured all other 0.5mm clutch-advance pencils. Plenty of
other pencils have come and gone on my desk, but I still have a P205.
The P205 is a very good general-purpose pencil, plus I found it worked perfectly
for drafting when I used to do that. It seems to fit in my hand really well,
doesn't have a lot of extra bits and gizmos to get in the way, is _very_
durable, and it makes it easy to see the tip on the paper if you're drawing.
The only thing I'd say it isn't good for is putting in a pocket. It's long and
pointy, and will put holes in your pockets or even you if you're not careful.
(About the only pencil even less suited for a pocket is the Pentel PG5.) Yes, it
has a clip, but I regard it as solely useful to keep the pencil from rolling off
of a table or desk. I don't normally carry a pencil in my pocket, so I don't
have any trouble with the P205 in this regard.
The P207 0.7mm and P209 0.9mm pencils are also very good, but I just prefer
I have been using this...
, January 10, 2012
I have been using this pencil every day for about three months (I didn't get it
from JetPens), and I am confident in saying this is the best cheap mechanical
pencil I have used so far.
The plastic body is very sturdy; it feels high quality and has a very
comfortable diameter. The ribs effectively provide sufficient grip. The metal
tip screws onto metal threads on the mechanism inside the body, so there is no
need to worry about metal-on-plastic durability. The action feel nice; I would
describe it as having a soft, defined click and very little play in the button.
It dispenses a very small amount of lead with each click, which I like. The clip
can be moved, or removed, but I find it generally stays in its place.
All told, I couldn't ask for a better no-nonsense pencil.