Platinum OLEeNu Lead Breakage Prevention Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body

3.6 (8 reviews)
The standard length of a pencil lead is typically around 60 mm. In a conventional pencil, the pencil is only able to clutch the lead core until the last 10 mm. The remaining lead then typically becomes unstable and unusable. This wastes almost 17% of your lead! The Platinum OLEeNU, on the other hand, can clutch a lead core until the very last 0.5 mm! That's an incredibly short piece of lead.

Note: for this mechanism to work and let you use your lead to the very last bit, an additional piece of lead must be loaded in the pencil body.

An ordinary pencil's clutch mechanism has an interspace that causes the lead to become weak and unstable. The OLEeNU addresses the issue of lead breakage through the implementation of four major features:

1. OLEeNU guard
In ordinary mechanical pencils, a gap exists between the mechanism that grasps the lead and the pencil tip, resulting in an unprotected lead piece that is easily broken from pressure or movement. The OLEeNU contains two additional clutch parts (blue and yellow pictured below) that hold the lead to avoid breakage.

2. Internal spring
An internal spring absorbs shock during writing to decrease lead breakage.

3. Sliding metal tip
The tip features a sliding metal sleeve that moves with the lead to give it extra support.

4. "Zero Shin"
Since the clutch of an ordinary mechanical pencil is located a slight distance from the tip, typically around 10-12 mm of lead is left unusable at the end (i.e. lead is too short for the pencil and must be thrown away). The two additional clutch pieces of the OLEeNU allow you to use lead up to 0.5 mm in length.

Model NumberPLATINUM MOL-200 1
Weight0.4 ounces
Body Color Black
Body Material Plastic
Clip Material Plastic
Clippable Yes
Diameter - Grip 9.9 mm
Diameter - Max 12.1 mm
Eraser Included Yes
Grip Color Translucent White
Grip Material Rubber
Knurled Grip No
Lead Grade Indicator No
Lead Size - Diameter 0.5 mm
Lead Sleeve Length 3.2 mm
Lead Type Graphite
Length - Body 14.3 cm
Length - Retracted 14.0 cm
Sleeve Type Sliding
Tip Material Metal
Tip Replaceable No

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Customer Reviews

This is my new favorite...
March 29, 2012
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This is my new favorite pencil for class! It really does help with lead breakage, which is a problem because nobody likes it when you have to click the pencil over and over to advance the new piece of lead and then have to repeat the annoyance ten minutes later(yes, I take a lot of notes).
Another really great thing about this pencil is that the eraser cap fits on the clip while writing so I don't lose it - I really like that.
Overall, this is a sturdy but light pencil that does what it says it does and I'm glad I ignored other reviews and got it. The only thing I have changed is putting a super cushy grip over the pencil because I hold it so close to the tip that grips that come with the pencil never work for me, however this pencil is slim enough to accommodate that - yay!
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I think the breakage...
August 19, 2012
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I think the breakage prevention works well. I really need this because I like a 3 or 4B lead for my class notes and they break easier.
This pencil also advances lead a lot more quietly than others I've tried, also a must for class!
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pencil worked great at...
July 2, 2015
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pencil worked great at first but then the pencil starts to fall apart and stop working after a couple months.
Totally love these -...
April 5, 2015
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Totally love these - got several sets ( 4 colors ) for gifts and everyone loved them
This pencil feels good...
December 9, 2013
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This pencil feels good in the hand. The grip is comfortable and the size is not too big or small. I am a female with a small palm and long, slender fingers; my finger span from pinky to thumb is 8.25" and the top of my palm (where the middle finger meets) to my first wrist-wrinkle is 4". Writing with it feels great! The stroke is smooth across the paper and I enjoy it very much.

However, I bought this pencil in search of a specific quality --I want a pencil that does not waste lead. I write a lot and go through many graphite sticks, so all those wasted end pieces add up. This pencil wastes about 1.5cm of a 6.1cm graphite stick. This is about 24% waste. I didn't want to believe the review here indicating this about the OLEeNu pencil from 2011 and I had seen others mention that this pencil used graphite down to the last few mms elsewhere online. It isn't clear if my particular pencil is defective or if there's some trick to getting the graphite to last that long. Once you approach 1.5cm, the pencil clearly does not have a grip as you cannot rotate the pencil to write on the tip as it rotates on its own. Trying to extend the graphite results in its being pushed back into the pencil once pressure is applied. Back to the drawing board, I guess...

If I wasn't concerned about the waste, this would be a fine pencil and I would highly recommend it. If waste IS a concern for you, then purchase this pencil at your own risk. Maybe you will get one that does not waste, but I did not.