June 3, 2013
I bought this hoping for a lightweight, economical pencil like the Pilot S3 or
Super Grip or even a pencil like the Pentel P205. Personally, I felt that unlike
the other Zebra pencils I have used, the quality is not as high. Also, the
balance of the pencil is somewhat toward the rear due to the eraser design.
Since the pencil is so light, the weight of the eraser part alone is enough to
make the pencil rear-weighted. These also do not have a very precise mechanism
unlike most other Zebra pencils. The part that stabilizes the lead is made of
plastic jaws and the pencil often puts out an inconsistent amount of lead with
each click. Most Zebra pencils use one made of a soft urethane that is more
stabilizing and allows the mechanism to dispense a more even amount of lead.
Also, I thought the long lead tube was very poky. This isn't really a drafting
pencil. Drafting pencils generally dispense less lead with each click and are
precise. This is how Pilot, Pentel, and Uni make their pencils in general. If
this was intended for writing use, they should shorten the lead guid tube from 4
mm to 3 mm or shorter like Pilot, Pentel, and Uni do. Having such a long guide
tube can make it prone to breakage or bending, and I think this hassle is
unnecessary unless there is a need for it.