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This is only an initial...
, April 15, 2011
This is only an initial review, as I received the pencil today. However, there
are a lot of good things to notice right off the bat. One, this all metal
construction is spectacular. It isn't anywhere near as heavy as a rotring 600,
but it has all if not more of the solid feel from the build quality. The grip
size is great. I usually go for smaller grips, but this one isn't too big like
lots of pencils can get to be. I really hate reading 2 and 3 star reviews from
people disappointed that when they mistreat their pencil (i.e. DROP IT) that it
doesn't stand up better. Of course a pencil with a permanantly protruding lead
sleeve is going to be damaged. You should recognize this and do your best to
Enough of my rambling. This is one awesome pencil, and as far as drafting AND
regular mechanical pencils go, I can honestly say this will be in my top 3 for a
long time to come.
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All business, no retractable...
, April 16, 2009
All business, no retractable guide tube, no shaky shake mechanism, just meat and
potatoes. The less fancy stuff, the less that can go wrong over time. Although
the clip is not removable it is thinner and closer to the body's shaft than any
other pen/pencil I've seen so it doesn't jab into my hand when drawing and
turning the pencil around to get the exact edge I want on the lead. Tiny eraser
under the cap and I was able to drop in 10 .5mm pencil leads in the tube and use
the pencil just fine. I'm guessing it could probably handle 5 more.
The metal feels great and is very smooth. The grip part of the pencil feels good
as well with the rounded ridges allowing multiple height/grip placement of your
fingers. The tiny copper lead hardness indicator stays out of the way. Just
below it are very lightly engraved pencil lead hardness numbers that include 3H
2H H F HB 2B 3B. Unless you switch leads all the time I find this largely
pointless but decently implemented and most importantly kept out of the way near
a part of the pencil you never touch.
Upon examining the main body of the pencil originally thinking it was one piece
I noticed a faint line just above the grip. I turned the pencil and almost
crapped myself when it suddenly began to twist off. Twisting and twisting I
finally managed to separate the two pieces. The bottom piece of metal which is
the entire grip area comes off and holds the entire lead storage tube with the
eraser and metal cap on the end. The upper piece is simply an empty shell that
holds the clip. I was impressed by how much unscrewing it took to separate the
two. They really made it so when it screws back together it becomes very solid
and will remain so over time. Even more impressive was actually seeing the
thickness of the pencils metal shaft at a full 1mm thick. This was not simply a
rolled metal tube but a solid hunk of aluminum that had been milled out. I
started to lightly twist the pencils lead reservoir tube to see if it came out
as well then thought better of it and immediately screwed the pencil back
The pencil is initially cool to the touch but quickly warms in your hand. It's
about one and a half times thicker than your typical mechanical pencil tube and
smooth and cool. Like a cigarette without the bad side effects. It is also
almost 3/4in shorter than your average size mechanical pencil which again I
found to be very nice. I never clip anything to my shirt pockets but I am
guessing the reduced height would help as the pencil does not have a retractable
tip. From where the pencil would clip on a shirt it is 4 3/8in long. Also take
into account some sag in the shirt for the weight of the pencil which weighs
about 3 times as much as a solid plastic Pentel Mechanical Pencil.
As for the Platinum's weight balance it has slightly more weight towards the
My only initial reservation was what seemed to be the very long amount of space
past the grip to the tip since I like to hold my pencils as low as possible. For
that reason I was considering Lammy but they don't make a .5mm fat pencil.
However it turns out the amount of space is no more than what I was using before
so it was no big deal. In the end I love the Pro Use, it sketches absolutely
fine, my search for the perfect pencil has ended. In no way shape or form am I
curious about other pencils, I am now fully satisfied. If the Platinum Pro Use
had a sister I'd marry it and promise to never draw freakin unicorns with it.
Good weight, incredibly solid build, short, fat (I'm sorry, "voluptuous"), low
profile clip doesn't get in the way or gouge your hand like so many others. I
really can't think of anything I'd want to change on it. My former Pentel side
click mechanism pencils were good, my black Platinum Pro Use with rubber grip
was great but this lethal metal weapon is perfect. Based on that I would highly
recommend this for sketching/writing unless you store your pencils in your
pocket often. In that case I would look for a retractable tip mechanical pencil
or extend your shirt pockets!
Sorry for the long review, I like to be thorough especially for those
considering the higher cost of such a pencil.
- Rogers -
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I've been experimenting...
, October 14, 2012
I've been experimenting with many drawing instruments purchased from JetPens for
eight months now, but this is the first review I've written here--the Pro-Use II
has inspired me.
When I found out there was something beyond mechanical pencils--namely drafting
pencils--I went about finding out everything I could about them online. I was
after one with a thick, solid grip, because I felt that would be easier
ergonomically. After much looking around and reading reviews, it became clear
that the Platinum Pro-Use II was the only choice.
When I received it I was surprised by just how short it is, but I have somewhat
small hands, and after a few days of adjusting, it now feels almost like a part
of me. The biggest adjustment was actually the balance; the short length makes
it forward weighted, which was quite different than what I came to realize was
the back-weighting of the long, decades-old (and still in great shape!) Pentel
PD345 mechanical pencil I'd been using, which was further backweighted by a
larger eraser stuck on the end. But I've found that the forward weighting of the
Pro-Use II is the way to go--it inclines toward the drawing board and seems to
make lines with almost no effort from me! In fact, from the very first drawing I
made with it, I noticed an improvement in my drawing over what I'd been doing
previously. I'm sure this is mostly a mental thing...but given the drawing
improvement I've noticed since getting it, I can't help viewing this pencil as
something almost magical.
The construction is cool, lightweight, and as solid as I can imagine is
possible, despite the fact that if you want you can unscrew various parts and
pare the pencil down to just the tip, grip, and inner lead-holding tube. Aside
from that inner tube, which is plastic, the rest of the body seems to be very
finely milled aluminum. By unscrewing the end of the pencil, you can remove the
pocket clip, although I've left mine on since it prevents the Pro-Use II from
rolling away when placed on a flat surface. There is a very tiny eraser under
the end cap, which I have not tried using and do not intend to, since I prefer
using standalone block erasers.
My favorite part of the Pro-Use II is the grip: nice and thick, initially cool
to the touch, and knobbed with those lovely gentle undulating ribs that just
seem made for fingertips to grasp with easy security--there's absolutely no
slipping, sliding, squishing or grating like you may get with just about any
other type of pencil grip. The Pro-Use II grip is a marvelous invention that
should go down as a landmark in writing instrument design.
I'm a comic artist and the Pro-Use II has been my primary, daily drawing
instrument for the past six weeks, during which time I've only come to like and
admire it more and more. I use Pentel Super Hi-Polymer 0.5 mm H leads in it,
which are pretty easy to find just about anywhere, and haven't had a single lead
break or jam, despite having clumsily struck the tip of the pencil against the
lower lip of my drawing table on numerous occasions.
Scans of a few pencil layouts I've done with the Pro-Use II:
http://smbhax.com/stuff/121009e17d102p.jpg (approx 16.5" wide)
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To update the earlier...
, April 21, 2011
To update the earlier review, I use this thing a lot now. It doesn't grow old
and remains very fun - I'd currently rank it quite as highly as the rotring 600,
which I thought substantially better previously. Of the pencils I've owned or
used and liked, I prefer it to ohto's promecha 1500p and place it just behind my
longtime favourites, two pretty ancient faber-castells, the tk-matik and
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I find theses pencils...
, September 6, 2012
I find theses pencils (both the 0.5 and 0.7 sizes) to be excellent, as they
combine great functionality with beautiful design. Each "feature", rather than
being added on to a "base" pencil, is expressed naturally as an integrated part
of it's original design. Things, such as the ribbed grip and rounded pocket
clip, are part of the natural flow of the pencil body. In this way, it reminds
me somewhat of the MacBook Pro "unibody" design: great functionality is created
as a natural result of a unified design, making the device a pleasure to use.
Originally, I thought the thinner Platinum I pencils would suit me better, but I
soon found that I actually prefer the Platinum II pencils (I have used both).
The larger grip size and more refined design make it easier and more pleasurable
(for me) to use. The only thing that I have yet to decide upon is which lead
size and hardness I want for daily use. I like the Uni NanoDia leads and now use
the 0.7-B (which is dark enough, but has a somewhat thick line). I've just
ordered (but haven't yet received) a set of Uni NanoDia 0.5-B to 0.5-4B leads
(from JetPens). I'm hoping that one of these will achieve a thinner, yet dark
line, without too much smearing (my ultimate lead ;-).
I know it's "just a pencil", but it feels more like a piece of art that you can
hold in your hands, making a common-place task, like writing on paper, more