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I was expecting a lot...
September 29, 2012
I was expecting a lot from this pencil after reading other's reviews. The knurled grip and barrel are lovely, but the lead advance button rattles badly, to the point that i'd actually describe it as 'loose'. It really detracts from the overall build quality. Its a deal breaker for me.
As others have said,...
December 30, 2011
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As others have said, the weight is very good, it feels solid in your hand whilst using it and the grip is useful and holds well. However, the lead advance mechanism takes a lot of getting used to and is a bit finicky to use. The grade indicator was stiff when I got it and after adjusting, doesn't seem to stay in one place no matter how tight I put it.
Pros: Nice weight; mine...
December 27, 2011
Verified Purchase
Pros: Nice weight; mine weights about 22.5 g empty (no lead). Nice design; I actually like the "regulator" feature which surprises me

Cons: It's a little to bulky for me as I prefer slimmer writing instruments. The knurled grip is almost useless as it is way too smooth.

Overall: I like it and will us it often but probably wouldn't purchase another.
Has a good solid (but...
March 15, 2011
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Has a good solid (but not heavy) feel in the hand, smooth action on the lead feed mechanism, fine adjustment of the amount of lead advance amount using the knob on the back near the eraser cap. The clip is not obtrusive and has smooth edges, and the knurling on the grip is fine and smooth, with no sharp edges. A pleasure to use.

Only (minor) detractor is that the screw cap for the lead hardness indicator can be a little bit of a pain to take off at first (I ended up using the edge of a t-shirt to get additional grip on the hex-star pattern without tearing my fingers apart to get it open). I used a little graphite on the screw threads and haven't had any issues since.
I received this pencil...
March 15, 2011
Verified Purchase
I received this pencil this evening and I'm not as impressed as I thought I'd be. My previous pencil of choice was the Staedtler Mars micro 775 series. However, the rubber grip on those pencils stretch over time and eventually the pencil needs to be replaced. This is what lead me to search for all metal Staedtler pencils.

This pencil does have a nice weight and feel while writing, and I love the knurled grip. However, the mechanism that adjusts the lead advance rattles and the click is not as smooth as my beloved 775 series. I was disappointed that my Staedtler lead containers would not plug into the lead hopper, like the 775 series. I also noticed that it is fairly easy to force the lead back into the tip. Finally, the adjustable lead advance mechanism is more of a gimmick than a useful feature and is just another thing that can break and make the pencil useless.

I just ordered a Staedtler 925-25 Silver Series pencil. Hopefully, I'm happier with that choice and can give it 5 stars.
after purchasing the...
May 27, 2010
Verified Purchase
after purchasing the staedtler lead holder, and being really please with it's performance, i thought i'd give this one a try, and i'm glad i did.
it measures about 6 inches and the grip itself measures 1 3/8" inches. It'sknurled but extremely smooth. offering just enough grip to keep your fingers in place, but not enough to sand the skin off of them. nothing is excessively rattling around and it is built solid. the lead advance adjuster works as described and i found myself using it more than i actually thought i would. the pencil is a bit heavier than some others offered here, but not so much that it should be a deterrent. just heavy enough to let you know it's there. great pencil, solid and performs just as described.
the pencil is not good....
May 4, 2011
the pencil is not good. The eraser got stuck into the body.
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