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I really, really like...
December 17, 2011
I really, really like this pencil. As an English teacher I write a lot (not "allot") of comments to my students. I only write my comments in graphite. I have had this pencil for one and a half years, but it feels as if I purchased it yesterday. This was a great buy, and I highly recomend it for other teachers, students, etc.
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For a while, my dad hated...
January 12, 2013
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For a while, my dad hated these pencils. he thought there was no comparison between them and Ticonderoga pencils(for some sick, twisted reason). He had never used this pencil before, and we did a test between them. Once he started writing with this Uni, he was immediately hooked on it. I love this pencil, its lead width is superior for writing and it doesn't snap like the 0.3mm I have. It writes really smoothly and doesn't leave your hand tired after hours of drawing and writing because it is so well weighted at the bottom end. The locking mechanism is awesome for protecting the pipe and it is one-hand-friendly, you just have to know how. Cosmetically, the paint wears out on the top after a while, but that has absolutely nothing to do with its performance. For writing and drawing, go with this. It will never let you down and will last you for ever.
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The knurled grip on this...
July 11, 2013
The knurled grip on this pencil is simply amazing, could not imagine one better to be used. The shifting mechanism is perfect, and I have found that it is fairly solid in design when properly locked into place, leaving very little "wiggle room," allowing for an even more solid overall feel for the pencil. One of the best purchases I have ever made and I would highly recommend this to any person looking for a pencil for drawing or general writing.
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This is a great pencil....
July 11, 2011
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This is a great pencil. It has a "bottom-heavy" feel which lessens the force needed to apply the pencil to the paper. The metal bottom half of the pencil (knurled) grip is amazing, it's my favorite feature. The upper part is plastic made, and you can definitely feel that the bottom portion outweights the top portion by a lot.

Like someone else said, when the pencil is locked and the "nib" in retracted ,the pencil has "loose feel" due to the pipe shift mechanism. But when its loaded and ready to go, it has a TIGHT feel.

It's a great concept, and great way to protect the nib and allow it in your pocket. It writes great, and because of the lower weight, you don't have to apply that much pressure. It's really cool looking too, I purchased the one in silver.

I only give it 4 stars because if the upper body where made from a metal, and more tight feeling, it would be perfect.
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The Uni-ball Shift wins...
February 2, 2011
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The Uni-ball Shift wins my vote for most innovative design. It is a very stylish Drafting Pencil that will have people asking you where you bought it mostly in part to the unique locking mechanism.

-Locking mechanism works flawlessly.
-Grip is very comfortable for writing and drawing despite looks.
-Very stylish design.
-When locked in use mode the pencil is very sturdy and the weight very well balanced.

-Top part above the grip is plastic that feels very cheap.
-When pencil is locked in non-use mode, the piece that is revealed (blue in this case) also seems very cheap and it feels as if it can break very easy.
-No lead indicator.


I must say that overall the Pro's outweigh the Con's and this is a very solid piece to add to any artist or writer's collection, it is a wonderful piece to own.
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This is my absolute favorite...
January 3, 2011
This is my absolute favorite pencil ever. I am a student with allot of knowledge on Japanese stationary. This is definetely the best mechanical pencil I have ever used.

Great grip
front weighted
guide pipe is protected

Top half is plastic
No lead hardness indicator

The cons don't matter to me that much I was just pointing it out for some picky buyers.

Overall: It's a great for its price. It'also a nice sturdy pencil, I highly recommend it for students who have heavy note taking.
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When I first got the...
December 1, 2009
When I first got the pencil in the mail, I was surprised at how heavy it was. It is not exceptionally heavy, but it still wasn't right for me. Later on after a few weeks, the tip of the pencil got bent. I was pretty upset about this, as it was very hard to use it without the lead breaking every few minutes. It is a good pencil, but make sure that you actually use the lock function every time that you put it away.
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This is a great pencil....
September 17, 2015
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This is a great pencil. I wanted a retracting point and it only took me a few moments to work out how the mechanism worked. (There are instructions on the pen itself--I suck at diagrams and it's in Japanese, but a little jiggering got me sorted.) The pen has been performing solidly as I use it for sketching and taking notes.
A really solid pencil...
June 16, 2015
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A really solid pencil by Uni. The knurling of the grip is a nice medium roughness: not too sharp and not too smooth. The fact that it is retractable in a unique way is a real conversation starter. Note that, other than the grip and lead sleeve, the pencil is plastic. This may be a turn off to some at this price point, but the pencil is still solidly constructed.
I have four of these...
February 11, 2015
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I have four of these (.9, .7, .5, and .3) and they've performed well for me for a couple of years now. I've never broken one, and I'm drawing all the time. Also, because of the metal body they're easy to tell from my pens, which is pretty handy when I'm reaching into a jar full of art supplies.
Howard Tayler
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