August 30, 2014
SO NICE to have this solid pencil.
I'm an artist and I use mechanical pencils (0.5) all the time. At first, I used
the Kuru Toga pencil so I wouldn't have to stop to click and advance the lead,
however Kuro Togo basically works when the lead is lifted and placed back on the
paper -- which happens less with drawing versus writing. Then I moved to a
shaker system, so I can advance the lead with just a flick of the wrist instead
of stopping to click it with my thumb.
However, in all cases one thing that irked me was the loss of lead / breakage.
And THAT was the real loss.
The ZeroShin is a great solution for lead loss/breakage. It holds the lead VERY
close and uses a LOT more of the lead right to the end (well, there's a little
bit that doesn't hold, but it's far better than other pencils). I have to stop
and click with my thumb to advance the lead, but the amount of lead I am saving
makes up for it.
The pencil is light. A bit too light for my tastes and the rubber on the grip
is hard. If you're into gel grips you may have to buy one of those slip-on
grips (since the pencil is thin enough).
Loading the pencil is easy, and it holds the usual amount of leads. I don't use
the eraser so I can't comment on that.
The ZeroShin may not be the fanciest pencil on the shelf, but it is the most
practical and makes up for it by using 97% of your lead instead of usual
breakage and loss of control when the lead gets short. As an artist I can
depend on it, lean on it a tiny bit more, and I have MORE control because the
lead is SOLID with the pencil.
There is NO *wobble* as the pencil holds the lead. The wobble (inside the lead
sleeve) is one of the main reasons for breakage. The ZeroShin is rock solid and
feels like a wooden pencil lead. I appreciate this as an artist.
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