The Tombow OLNO (derived from "oruno" which means "bend" in Japanese) mechanical pencil, features a unique design mechanism that allows the user to extend pencil lead by simply bending the body. The body can be bent in any direction, making it very easy for writers or drawers to extend lead without changing their grip at all. In addition, there is a standard clicker for extending lead using the top knock button, which removes from the pencil body to become a small hand-held eraser. Unscrew the pencil body above the grip area to insert refill lead.
Pencil dimensions: 5.6 inches (14.3 cm) long and 0.5 inches (13 mm) in diameter at widest point on grip.
It's a really cool pencil. But if you get graphite on the rubber grip, it's
extremely difficult to get off. :( The clicker is amazing though. If you're into
different types of pencils, then this is the one to buy.
The way I hold my pencils, this pencil is perfect for me because I don't even
have to adjust my grip to increase the lead :D The grip is comfortable, the top
clicking thing is amazing, the lead is amazing, ... perfect.
I bought this pencil for the unusual mechanism, and it was completely worth it.
Not only is the mechanism very convenient and entertaining, it is all metal. It
was a real surprise to find a brass clutch and shiny metal lead reservoir in
this pencil. A metal tip would be nice but unnecessary for comfortable general
writing. Sadly, the eraser is made of great stuff, but it's way too small to be
useful, but that's my only peeve.
I have all kinds of pencils and I too find myself reaching for this one all the
time. It works great for math and for solving problems... The eraser is absolute
crap, but I normally use a block eraser so no bigs. People who try it fall in
love with the flex click advance. It really is the way to go. I have had no real
issues with a soft lead (3B) and the whole thing comes apart very easy to clean
out and broken pieces if you drop it.
The colors are super fun and bright, and you can spot your pencil a mile away,
which is nice.
Here are some things I would have liked to have known before I bought this
pencil. First of all the whole bendy thing. It is not implying that the pencil
is flexible. When one bends it at the middle it clicks out more lead. This makes
it easier to write quickly because you do not have to keep dispensing lead by
pushing the top. Which brings me to my next point, the top thingy is not an
eraser. I thought it was and am somewhat disappointed it isn't. I don't like to
carry separate erasers in my bag. So basically the only thing that makes this
pencil different is the large amount of grippy on 2/3 of the pencil and this
bend-dispense function. Is it worth 5 bucks? No totally not worth 5 bucks. Would
I buy it again? Probably not.