June 28, 2013
I was very impressed with this pencil, one of my top five for sure.
I have a smaller hand in addition to a preference for 0.3 lead, so I often have
to turn to drafting pencils since they com in 0.3 sizes much more frequently
than regular mechanical pencils do. That being said, the entire S line of
pencils are fantastic. I own the S3, S5, and S10 all in 0.3. While the S10 in
0.3 is my go-to drawing pencil, this S5 is my writing workhorse.
The S10 is clearly more solidly constructed, but I actually prefer the S5 for
both extended writing sessions and everyday carry (especially over the S3). The
S5 is more weighty than the S3 with a much more comfortable grip to boot. It's
stylish and substantial, and at half the price of the S10 I worry less about it
bouncing around with my other pens when I'm on the go. The yellow orange is very
good looking, and the muted orange on the grip is actually less muddled than I
thought it would be. The weight towards the tip of the pencil is fantastic, and
a great balance gives this pencil and excellent feeling. It's a pleasure to hold
in my hand!
The grip is actually very, very nice--it looks underwhelming, but it's soft,
smooth, and the little indents give you a great grip on the pencil. The knurled
grip on the S10 is also nice, but as someone with art callouses the grip on the
S5 is a clear winner.
Another reviewer mentioned problems with lint sticking to the grip, so I was
worried that I would have a lint magnet of a grip on the same level as an Alpha
Gel grip. Fortunately, that's not the case! While lint does stick to it and get
into those indents, compared to an Alpha Gel it's hardly noticeable lol. But if
you can't stand stuff collecting on your pencil grips, I find the best way to
clean them off is with a piece of tape. :) I have also never had any problems
getting the lead to advance on any of my S series pencils, unlike the previous
All said and done, the S5 is a fantastic pencil; A great alternative for the
more expensive S10 and still of surprisingly better quality over the S3.
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