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I really enjoy using...
November 6, 2011
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I really enjoy using this pencil. The locking mechanism is tight and sturdy and the grip is just right concerning the roughness. The finish of the white is basically flat - no gloss or shine what so ever, so it tends to get dirty quite easily. The clip is very sturdy and clips onto my shirt pocket with a "snap" so I know I won't easily loose this gem.

All in all a good buy. You won't be disappointed.
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I've been using this...
May 18, 2010
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I've been using this pencil daily for half a year now, and it is by far my number one favorite pencil to use. My other Uni alpha gels are untouched because of this. The writing is always precise and sharp, the mechanism to retract the tip is genius, and it is heavy! I would have to say this is one of the few pencils that is worth every penny of the 15 dollars that I paid.
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Well I bought the black...
February 4, 2009
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Well I bought the black pipe shift pencil and they're very well made and reliable! Since most people would buy the black one because it won't get dirty as easy the white one looks a lot better than the black one when you get it, it looks three times better than the picture on the page! But the best part is the grip... your fingers won't slide when you use it (even though the grip looks hard and uncomfortable) it is very comfortable. So take my word for it you should get one!!!!

P.S. They are worth it!!!!!!!!
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If you're someone who...
December 7, 2014
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If you're someone who holds their pencil very close to the tip, this pencil may not be for you.

As advertised, there's a distinctive weight difference as the body is a light (but sturdy) plastic while the grip is metal. The low center of gravity is not bad, but those with a definite preference for lighter tools should take note. You potentially will have to change the way you write / draw in order to take advantage of this feature. Otherwise, fatigue will be inevitable as your muscles will try to make up for the unbalanced weight.

That being said, one of the most notable aspects of this pencil is the length of the knurled grip. It's about 1/4 inch longer than any other pencil I know of and it feels great. I wish all pencils had this length.

The unique retractable mechanism feels study and tight. Not sure if that might change with heavy usage, but for now, it works well. There are instructions on the side and it takes three different actions to lock and unlock the pencil. This pattern takes some getting used it.

Overall, a very sleek and solid tool. Would definitely recommend it for those who like retractable pencils.
Patrick Suin
Nice feel and a good...
November 10, 2014
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Nice feel and a good price
The lead wobbles in the...
May 28, 2014
The lead wobbles in the retracting sleeve. It's slight, but you can feel it.
The clip is a really cheap feeling plastic, as is the silver tip part between the grip and the sleeve
The plastic upper body feels very nice for plastic, but the (nice) matte finish -will- scuff and discolor very easily, and is not easy to clean
The knurled grip feels good, not too smooth not too pointy
Locks open and closed with a little click. Doesn't feel heavy duty, but it's not going anywhere with normal use
This has replaced my...
August 14, 2013
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This has replaced my Uni Kuru Toga rotating lead pencil as my new favorite. Basically the rotating lead seemed to start failing me after a year and the benefit was lost. So with that, I pulled out my Uni-Shift that I never even tried previously and realized that I had been bowing down to the Henchman rather than the King this past year. This Uni Shift Pipe Lock pencil is a fantastic tool and designed intelligently. I ordered this White model last week and after trying it today, I was not disappointed! Now I have two of these great instruments.

The pencil is solid and there are no loose parts to complain about. If I had a wish, I would love to see a 100% metal version of this pencil. I love the fact that when not in use, I can close the pencil so that the tip is hidden away and protected as I can be very clumsy at times.

I use this for all of my rough drafts and brain storms in my cartooning efforts.

Beautiful pencil, but...
August 29, 2012
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Beautiful pencil, but really disappointing.

First problem is that the tip wiggles slightly when you write. I was looking for a super stable, beautiful pencil and this only delivered on one front.

It also feels cheap and plasticy. I don't know if it's because of the "transformation", but I was expecting a sturdier build at that price.

I'm sure it's fine for some people but it really isn't "main pencil" material for me.
AWESOME ......nuff said...
December 20, 2011
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AWESOME ......nuff said :D
After receipt and use...
January 14, 2009
After receipt and use of the Pipe Lock pencil for several days, I believe that Uni-ball has a solid winner! The pencil is very well balanced and the knurling on the grip is just about perfect - not too course, not too fine, making it very comfortable for long periods of use. The shift lock mechanism is smooth and flawless, and is extremely useful for those of us that must stick the pencil in our pocket on a regular basis. Very well made!..
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