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December 21, 2010
The pencil still requires...
The pencil still requires over an inch and a half to go into the holder. Now, it may not seem that much, until you realize you can probably still use a two inch pencil barehanded. (seriously, measure it out and you'll see). What this means is, it's more likely that this "extender" is actually giving you *less* pencil life. It's not a bad cap though, so for protecting softer leads and colored pencils I would recommend it (if you travel with them), but not for extending a pencil. There are several other extenders that are *MUCH* better (two of them are sold on this site. The Tombow Ippo grips and the Staad One-Push Pencil holder will let you use your pencils down to the tiniest little nubs.
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February 28, 2011
This really applies to...
This really applies to all the sun-star pencil cap/extenders.
Keep in mind that these wont fit on some of the thinner pencils that you might have, although you can put a strip of paper in to make a tighter fit. Aside from that, they work wonderfully! They cap on and hold tight on almost all pencils.
Long point pencils will sometimes stick out the hole on the end in these. I have yet to figure out whether that's worse than the metal caps, where the long points don't always fit well either. The upside to these is that you won't break a point putting it in. But it still might break off later. It still is much better than the losing a whole point because you'll only lose the very tip.
For any pencils you will put caps on, I'd recommend a shorter point, which you can make with a sharpener like this: http://www.jetpens.com/index.php/product/view/products_id/5778
This can also help to make the point less fragile for general use.
As an extender, I'd say these work about as good as the traditional metal-ring-type on most pencils, especially ones with a metal ferrule on the end. Note also you don't usually need to put the pencil in all the way. You can also put a piece of paper in to make it tighter.
This is the best value in my opinion for pencil caps. I wish they would restock the 12 pack!
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