February 22, 2010
I am very happy with this pencil. The grip is comfortable, it feels nice while
writing, and it looks like something you would find in the hands of an engineer
or architect. Overall I give it 5/5, but one minor annoyance keeps it from being
My only concern is that if you shake it, the regulator wheel assembly rattles
against the barrel of the pencil. I feel like Staedtler could have sized the
diameter of the regulator wheel a bit larger so that it did not rattle, while
still keeping it loose enough to rotate freely. Perhaps this is just a tolerance
issue, who knows. This problem is not apparent when writing, it just takes away
from the 'solid feel'. I am curious if other people notice this.
To address problems previously mentioned- as far as the lead grade indicator
nut, I cant imagine it will unscrew over time if you tighten it well; I don't
see this being a problem. Regarding the snapped leads- as long as you don't
constantly change the regulator level, you shouldn't have problems with breaking
Good job Staedtler on the nice design, if you fix the rattle problem this pencil
would be perfect!