|Model Number||PENTEL P1035C|
|Body Material||Metal, Plastic|
|Design Style||Capped, Compact|
|Diameter - Grip||9.2 mm|
|Diameter - Max||10.8 mm|
|Grip Color||Metallic Blue|
|Knurled Finger Grip||No|
|Lead Diameter||0.5 mm|
|Lead Grade Indicator||No|
|Lead Sleeve Length||2.3 mm|
|Length - Body||12.5 cm|
November 5, 2014
Let me throw another...
Let me throw another five-star review of the Pentel Kerry on the pile.
It has a quirky design. There's a big, knurled metal ferrule in the center of the barrel. The cap is made of anodized aluminum, but the colored portions of the barrel are plastic. The colors never quite match (except maybe in the black version). There's a push-button cap on the barrel that conceals spare leads and another on the cap that conceals the eraser. Quirky.
The genius of the Kerry is that all of these seemingly idiosyncratic features contribute to a perfect whole. The beautifully anodized aluminum cap couldn't be plastic because it must resist substantial tensile forces where it clips onto the barrel. The plastic portions of the barrel couldn't be anodized aluminum to match the cap, because they would scratch everytime the metal cap was posted. The chunky knurled ferrule couldn't be small or plastic because it forms a rigid shoulder onto which the cap snaps along with spring detents which are held in place against the ferrule by the plastic portions of the barrel which must thread deeply into the ferrule to resist the force of the cap against the shoulder. The complexity of this ferrule/spring retaining mechansim ensures that the cap stays on tightly and never rattles even after years of use. The two pushbuttons work in unison when the cap is posted to transfer the knock from the outer button to the inner. Another system could be used, such as that used by the Tombow Zoom 505 pencil, another capped mechanical pencil. The Tombow's inner pushbutton is shaped such that the cap snaps onto it. So the cap becomes the pushbutton when posted. It's a nice pencil, but the cap is a sloppy rattling mess when posted. And because the cap and barrel are both metal, the barrel scratches.
I've studied the Kerry. Its cap is constructed from no less that eight parts, not including the eraser and its seating clamp. Pentel has been making this pencil for nearly 45 years. If they could simplify the cap, they would. It simply cannot be improved upon. The rest of the pencil, likewise. The mechanism remains all metal unlike many other "high-end" mechanical pencils, and yet this masterpiece is only $20. I don't know how they make money selling what is clearly a $50-$100 pencil for $20. Amazing.
On a personal note, I sketch incessantly. I carry a Kerry in my pocket almost always. If my shirt doesn't have a pocket, I toss it in my pants pocket. The Kerry is compact, and strong. It doesn't ruin my pants and doesn't get ruined itself. My favorite color currently available is the blue of the 0.5 mm model, which is why this review is on this page. I prefer 0.7 mm lead thickness though, so I switched out the mechanism with that from the darker blue 0.7 mm model. I use a dark, 2B lead and the thicker lead lasts longer. I wish it came in 0.9 mm. And I wish they re-introduced the brighter green from the 1980s instead of the dreary olive green.
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June 4, 2014
I've had this pencil...
I've had this pencil for over 25 years. I've replaced them once when my original got scratched up over the years. It is my favorite mechanical pencil by far. Okay, so I don't have large hands so some of the comments about it being small don't apply. But the feel and durability have been a blessing. I still have my original drafting pencils but when I need a pencil that protects the metal tip, this has been great. Years ago, I dropped my backpack from my shoulder to the floor and the metal tip bent. And there went the pencil. I put an extra one of these in my bag and don't even worry.
And as for the eraser ... using the eraser on mechanical pencils is just silly. I learned from my drafting days to always carry a separate eraser and that's that.
1 person found this helpful
October 31, 2014
The gold standard for...
The gold standard for mechanical pencils! There is none better at any price. Firm hold on lead and easy to hold pencil.
March 10, 2014
I love this pencil. ...
I love this pencil. It feels and looks great but broke in two days. Fixing it was no hassle at all. Super glue did the trick and to this day I have no regrets. Might buy a different color soon.
February 16, 2013
Just a note about the...
Just a note about the eraser. It does exist. It is hidden in the top of the cap. You have to post the cap on the pencil to access the eraser.