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I love this thing so...
May 24, 2013
Verified Purchase
I love this thing so much that I bought a second one and a couple of packs of HB leads to use for daily writing tasks. The grip is comfortable, the weight is perfect, and its just... perfect.

+ Staedtler typically has high-quality materials
+ All-metal body
+ Knurled grip
+ Balanced weight
+ Knock lead advancement (a bad thing for those who enjoy drop-clutch)
+ Aesthetically pleasing
+ Multiple lead type options
+ Professional appearance
+ Fantastic for drawing
+ Comfortable for writing
+ Leads span the entire length of the pencil
+ Leads last a long time
+ Speedy shipping (thanks JetPens!)
+ Built to last

- I'm afraid to let anyone borrow it, even if they are within view
- Get the "Uni-ball 2 mm Pencil Lead Sharpener" as the Staedtler lead pointer doesn't work as well for this purpose

For those who may be curious, I emailed the Staedtler Japan branch to find out what kind of lead comes pre-loaded inside of this pencil (as JetPens stated that they were not given this information- their customer service is speedy and awesome, even if they didn't have the answer I was looking for!). The answer is HB. I assumed this, but I wanted to be sure before I attacked a college exam scantron sheet with it! So, the long piece of lead that is included inside of the pencil is HB. Happy writing!
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I'm a professional fine...
August 22, 2014
Verified Purchase
I'm a professional fine art painter and I must say this is an awesome piece. This holder has great balance and the weight is conducive to accurate mark making. The build quality is excellent. I must recommend this to anyone who wants a well balanced, durable lead holder.
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This is my single favorite...
June 13, 2014
This is my single favorite writing utensil!

I bought this pencil becuase i have a writing disability called dysgraphia. i have always had an easier time using mechanical pencils but i pressed too hard and they always broke. When i found about these i was ecstatic!!!

the weight is wonderful
the metal construction
the machining on this pencil is amazing

the only thing I don't like is that the cap isn't metal like the rest of the pencil other than that its amazing.

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I am a designer and I've...
December 6, 2015
Verified Purchase
I am a designer and I've used this pencil for over a year. I love many things about it -- the weight, the lead thickness, the overall balanced feel. Unfortunately I may have received a lemon, since from the beginning the pencil has jammed repeatedly, the tip unscrews itself while I draw, and the biggest drawback: the clutch no longer holds the lead firmly in place, so anything more than moderate pressure pushes the lead back in (this wasn't a problem at first). Very dissappointing for such an otherwise great pencil. My review:
Weight, feel, and balance: 5 stars
Mechanics: 1 star.
Final rating: 3 stars
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This was the first lead...
March 22, 2013
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This was the first lead holder pencil i ever bought and i gotta say it's really amazing! The design is by far, the best i've seen, esp. for a metal body. Some 2 mm refill leads however, are too long making it difficult. So you would have to chop off a piece. I would recommend using the preferred lead refills. Overall, for my first lead holder pencil, i really like it.
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Pros: - Love this pencil!...
February 20, 2011
- Love this pencil! :D
- ALL Metal
- Click to extend the lead

- I bought the TK 9400 Faber Castell while i was in London and i actually prefer the look of it to this Staedtler pencil. (The Faber Castell was also ~8 dollars cheaper -cost 5 pounds in London-)
- The Faber Castell simply lets the lead slide out, yet at times, i prefer that because i can regulate the length of the lead in the blink of an eye w/o taking time to click away to extend the lead of this pencil. Still, i keep both lead holders in my main pencil case just for fun :]
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Great build quality....
June 1, 2016
Verified Purchase
Great build quality.
ergonomic grip, comfortable to use.
Need to look for a sharpener that is compatible or a general one or fall back to using sandpaper or taking the lead out and using one of my other 2.0 mm lead holders with the sharpener that I do have.
Love it regardless
Great quality but I do...
May 17, 2016
Verified Purchase
Great quality but I do find that I personally prefer a gel grip for comfort.
My new best favorite...
February 26, 2016
Verified Purchase
My new best favorite lead holder. Very substantial. Use it for layout work in my shop and it is perfect balance and click advance is just right for me. Sort of wish it had an eraser for quick touches but since this is primarily a design tool in my use and I am wed to the Uni Boxy eraser when working, it certainly is not a lack of feature that detracts from this lead holder.
So far no complaints....
February 10, 2016
Verified Purchase
So far no complaints. I had been using mechanical pencils and while they Are good, I needed a way to get softer leads and I was only getting hard lead with those. So I love being able to use various grades of B lead.
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