I'm a professional illustrator...
I'm a professional illustrator, and this is HANDS DOWN my favorite pencil to
work with, and has been for years. Admittedly, I did like the original body
better, but the current body has no adverse effects on its function, and I have
several of these that have held up for years - I just keep replacing the leads.
The long eraser is great, and since it's the same white vinyl material as the
Staedtler's full-size artists' eraser, it really does a top-notch job of
cleaning. I only break out my bigger one when I need to clean up a large area
The most awesome thing about this pencil, though, isn't the body or the eraser,
but the lead itself. Staedtler's mars micro lead (the put different lead in
their super cheap pencils, it's different from what's in these) is like drawing
with a liquid pencil: there is almost NO drag whatsoever, and I love it, and
will CRY if they ever stop making it. Jetpens, if you can get ahold of the
replacement lead for these pencils (these!
http://www.jp.staedtler.com/Mars_micro_carbon_jp), I will officially never shop
for it anywhere else. (Here's hoping someone in acquisitions reads this
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