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 4.4 (60 customer reviews)
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March 18, 2014
Great pencil. Rotating...
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Great pencil. Rotating mechanism works well.

Two problems:
1. after using this for a few hours of work, the fat of my pointer finger gets irritated because of the somewhat-pointy grip pattern. It's not a soft plastic, so perhaps a cushion would be a good add-on.
2. I know this is a given with high-quality mechanical pencils, but the eraser wears out very, very quickly. Even while erasing just a few numbers or letters, chunks begin to peel off.

Other than that, great purchase.

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August 5, 2013
This pencil is great,...
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This pencil is great, especially for long hours of constant note taking. Amazing ergonomical design, really well built, genius lead rotation mechanism, just generally amazing!

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July 5, 2012
I love this pencil and...
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I love this pencil and i really do.
but after 3 months, the rubber part inside the tip, which hold the lead from falling out,
become loose and it bothers me a lot.
i expected a full metal body but it was a plastic [most disappointing]
if this was Full metal body like you can feel the coldness and heaviness when you hold it,
then i would love to buy all the color series.

when it worked well, I really liked about feeling of writing because it was different

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October 29, 2011
I was really quite excited...
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I was really quite excited to test out this mechanical pencil (I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur, having a collection of over 50 of them), but I was very much let down when it arrived.

First off, the build quality left a lot to be desired. Mind you, I wasn't expecting too much for the $, but it just generally felt plasticky and unbalanced. Worse, clicking the pencil to advance the lead results in an awful, jarring metallic "ping" sound, as opposed to a solid click. It's likely due to the clutch mechanism for auto-rotation, but regardless: it's truly, truly awful. Plus, the "squishiness" of the tip (needed to activate the auto rotation) simply makes the pencil unusable for prolonged precise writing.

This one's going back in the mail.

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September 23, 2011
It WORKS! As an mechanical...
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It WORKS! As an mechanical engineer, I was a bit skeptical how effective the spinning lead would work, but even with light (for me -admittedly a hard writer) touches the lead does turn. The little window, as you could guess, is to show that its working properly. As necessary for drawing schematics I was used to turning my pencil manually in my hand - this pencil will eliminate any need for that now. The one drawback I do see is that the threads holding the nib section to the body is plastic - not that plastic is bad, I just expected the entire pencil to be metal. I cross-shopped it against a Rotring 600 (ignored the 500 due to its plastic body) and I although I can't honestly compare it, I am NOT second guessing my choice.

great pencil at a great price.

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September 16, 2011
this is an excelent pencil....
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this is an excelent pencil. I use it for mathmatics where I am the most heavy handed and I haven't broken the lead yet. It has nice weight in the lower half of the pencil but is not so heavy that it is cumbersome to write with. it doesn't work well for me as a general writing instrument as I hold it at too low of an angle for the mecanism to operate correctly. Still 5 stars for this great pencil

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February 21, 2011
I take a LOT of notes,...
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I take a LOT of notes, and as a result I found the grip surface on this otherwise super pencil to be a bit too abrasive. As funny as it might sound, I took the rubber gripper off a super cheap pencil I had laying around put it on here, and now this pencil is sweet.

The rotating lead clutch is great, and almost unnoticeable. I haven't cut the paper since getting this.

With a slight modification, I can highly recommend this pencil.

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December 18, 2014
I have a handful of these...
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I have a handful of these pencils now. It's the only one I use.

December 15, 2014
One of the greatest pencils...
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One of the greatest pencils of all time. This pencil is amazing. You may have read about the rotating lead and though "that doesn't seem all that useful" or "I can just rotate my pencil". Well, after touching this, you won't want to rotate your own pencil anymore. I bought this pencil because i was tired of getting lines that became more and more gritty over time. This was the right answer. This automatic rotation of the lead keeps my lines straight and neat. Its also fairly comfortable. It does not have a "gushy" grip, but it doesn't poke into your finger either. Also, this pen has an orange mark to show you the leads rotation, I find this useful because it lets me know to put my thumb there at all times so that my lead is always at optimum rotation. FYI...The eraser is tiny. Buy a separate one!

December 8, 2014
I had one of the Kuru...
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I had one of the Kuru Toga plastic-body pencils before I bought this model. I really like the solid feel the metal bottom half gives. This pencil just has a good solid feel. The .5 lead doesn't seem to break as often as in other pencils (I push a little too hard when I write), so I assume that's because the turning mechanism is working.
At any rate, I think it's a very good mechanical pencil with very high quality.