December 17, 2013
Alright, I'm going to be writing a review not specifically about this majestic,
heavenly pencil, but a comparison between it and its predecessor, the "regular"
Tombow Olno. This review is written exclusively to help the reader to decide
between the 5 dollar Olno, or spend an extra 5 bucks and get the Olno Swift.
First thing I noticed when I got the Swift was that the grip seemed to be larger
and more pliable than the Olno. It looked amazing, and when I took it out of my
pencil pouch the day after it arrived, every eye in the room seemed to be drawn
to the writing utensil that I held. I simply love it.
SIMILARITIES: Both Olnos have the incredibly unique way of advancing lead, by
"simply bending the pencil." If you haven't read the description of this pencil
yet, feel free to check it out above this post, to the right of the picture. Of
course, you have already checked it. Both Olnos feature undeniably big grips,
which pretty much makes up half of the pencil itself.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO: Alright, this is where the similarities end and
significant upgrades happen. When checking out the material the Swift is made
of, the entire top of the pencil is solid metal, (maybe also the clip?)and
simply FEELS so much STURDIER; as opposed to the all-plastic Olno. This also
makes it very much top-heavy, if you're into that. Eraser is also the same, but
if you are a perfectionist like me, you never use any eraser on a mechanical
pencil, no matter how dire the situation is. A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE is that the
metal sleeve is long for a mechanical pencil, it is at least 4 mm, and makes the
Swift feel much like a DRAFTING PENCIL.
Writing this post, I realized that I am extremely biased, and yes, I will try to
convince you to buy this pencil over it's predecessor. Everything about this
pencil is perfection, from sleeve to eraser. However, if you're still on that
fine line between a 5 dollar pencil and it's SIGNIFICANTLY UPGRADED BIONICALLY
ENHANCED evolution for a mere sum of 5 measly dollars, I have one thing to say
to you. If you really love stationary, and spend hours of your day browsing
though a wonderful website called Jetpens.com, 5 dollars isn't much to you. With
no more money than your daily Latte drink, you can me a proud owner of this
wonderful pencil. With this, I leave you to your decision.
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