Average Customer Review
I love the Retro 51 1.15mm...
, April 2, 2014
I love the Retro 51 1.15mm pencils. I'm a graphic artist/cartoonist and own
three. They all perform flawlessly. I also discovered that an extra lead or two
can be stored in the shaft, underneath the eraser - very handy with the one that
stays clipped in my shirt throughout the day. The advance mechanism is rock
solid; much better than their old .07mm pencils. And the Retro 51 comes with a
real eraser that doesn't wear out after a couple of line touch ups. Thanks,
I, too, bought one of...
, November 27, 2013
I, too, bought one of these pencils for the thick lead and cool design. Within a
few weeks, the advancing mechanisms inside the pencil quit working. I bought a
second one, thinking I just had a dud. NOPE. The second one quit also.
Very disappointing. I contacted the company to complain and never heard back.
Save your money.
I like the old 0.046...
, July 5, 2013
I like the old 0.046 inch size lead, or 1.15 mm. You can still get old pencils
and old leads in this size, and I have some, but this is the old modern one I
know of. I don't know if the lead size is exactly the same, haven't tested the
old leads in this pencil, or the modern Retro 51 leads in the old ones. It
feels like writing with the same size, however, and the HB leads that Retro 51
sells are a good match for what I want. I use it to write, not draw, although
like anyone I might doodle a bit.
It's also a very attractive pencil. The propelling mechanism works very
smoothly. It has a nice heft to it without being too heavy. The enclosed leads
just glide over the paper, leaving a mark that's neither too faint or too dark
(in my opinion, obviously). Besides the one in the pencil there's a 12 pack of
extras. Unlike other mechanical pencils you might be used to, this one only
holds one lead at a time, which has to be fed in from the tip. So if you think
you might be about to use up the current one, you should carry the spares with
you, or a second pencil. That's the only real disadvantage I've found.
There's also a tube of 6 extra erasers, which should last a long time. The
black eraser on this model erases without smudging the paper, although of course
there are crumbs. The metal storage tube that came with it is too nice to throw
away, I use it to hold the extra leads and erasers, and the users guide.
Probably this is the only time I'll pay $30 for a pencil, but I just like having
one that is visibly nicer than the others, and I like that it uses this "old
fashioned" size of lead.
Best pencil I have ever...
, May 30, 2013
Best pencil I have ever owned. I am not an amateur pen and pencil user. I have
used pencils of all kinds over the years. This is my favorite. The lead size is
perfect, it flows beautifully, and looks killer. It is almost perfect. Great
it broke, already and...
, May 6, 2013
it broke, already and i dont use often only a few conventions, doing sketches!
the twisting to put out the lead its not working!
i wish i can return it or exchange it!
i like it when it was working, cuz the thick lead, u can do nice cartoony