| Solid pencil, however...
, January 24, 2012
Solid pencil, however doesn't hold up very well aesthetically when used as your
daily throw-in-backpack pencil. After using it heavily over a year, the paint on
the upper part of the barrel (which is plastic), has worn off significantly,
showing the milky white plastic underneath. This doesn't cause any usage issues,
but it does make it look rather ugly. Another issue is that the locking
mechanism becomes loose after heavy use, diminishing the pencils ability to lock
in place. While this doesn't prevent me from using the pencil, it does cause
minor issues such as dropping the pencil and having the tip retract because the
locking mechanism can't hold up to minor concussions.
| Not terrible I guess,...
, August 1, 2010
Not terrible I guess, but not nearly as nice as Pentel's graph-gear 1000, which
costs the same and is also retractable. The cheap plasticy feel ( the upper
barrel is plastic if you couldn't tell) doesn't really detract from the
usability, but if chintzy doesn't bother you why spend so much on one pencil? A
few minor cons: the taper to the point is a little steep for my taste, and the
eraser is TINY, like even smaller than pentel's
be-careful-you-don't-accidentally-inhale-it erasers. Also, when the tip's
retracted the upper barrel slides around loosely, which is kind of annoying.
Seriously, just get the pentel pencil, it's universally better.
| I draw all day and this...
, May 6, 2010
I draw all day and this tool is a joy to use- weighted just right and well
constructed. Lead holds firm with solid mechanicals
| 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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An excellent pencil....
This review is from Uni-ball Shift Pipe Lock Drafting Pencil - Color Body Series - 0.5 mm - Black Body with Smoke Accent
, May 24, 2011
An excellent pencil. I am a high school senior planning on using this pencil all
throughout college, if i can keep it from being stolen that is.
- Metal, but somewhat soft grip: It's odd, but the knurled grip, though metal,
feels almost soft to the touch. It's less fatiguing too, because it does not
give like other soft rubber grips.
- No lead wiggle: The lead sleeve perfectly holds the lead, so I feel no
wobbling of the led, making writing to feel much smoother overall.
- Distance between grip and lead: I prefer to hold my pencil lower, where most
other pencils' grips end. This pencil gives you this option with a shorter head
- Sleek design: Just look at it, it's so sleek.
- Plastic body, metal grip: This gives a nice weight to the pencil and shifts
the weight toward the tip, which feels solid while writing. Though plastic, it
doesn't feel cheap either.
- Lead sleeve retracting mechanism: If you like to write with a lot of lead
advanced, then you should push the lead back in after use, because the point of
the lead might stick out after retracting the lead sleeve. This isn't a huge
problem though, but a problem nonetheless.
- Price: This could be a con if you tend to lose pencils often, but if not, this
pencil will last for many years. I believe that it is an excellent investment to
buy a comfortable pencil or pen.