July 31, 2015
I bought this and the E+M Pocket Clutch Lead Holder. While the E+M is absolutely
beautiful, the Pilot Croquis is a lot more practical for my use.
- It has a more comfortable grip due to the ergonomic design.
- The rotating knob mechanic to advance the lead gives me peace of mind because
I never accidentally drop the lead on the floor like I do with the E+M (drop
clutch mechanism isn't my favorite) and it enables very precise advancing of
lead. Also, it is more clean as I don't have to get any of the lead on my hand
as I have to with drop clutch.
- Croquis is made of plastic and thus lighter, which may or may not be what you
prefer. I like it light as it weighs less in my already cluttered pocket.
I realize that comparing this to E+M may be irrelevant to those who need a lead
holder with specific lead thickness (E+M uses 5.5mm lead and Croquis 4.0mm) but
both leads are fine for my use as casual sketching tools.
In short, this is a great utilitarian lead holder for a bargain price. It might
be the best value out there if you are looking for something to carry easily,
use easily, and replace easily if you ever lose it. (Though it doesn't mean I
love my E+M less, as its beautiful wooden body is worth the price. That one will
have a permanent place on my desk, while the Croquis resides my pocket.)