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 4.7 (9 customer reviews)
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August 5, 2011
My favorite pencil! The...
My favorite pencil! The M-301 is the best mechanical pencil on the market. I use this for drawing, and the sturdy steel construction, superb grip, and light weight all make for a great pencil. But I really love this pencil because the pocket clip is unobtrusive and allows for a easy and comfortable rotation of the pencil when needing to use the sharp point of the lead for detailed drawing. This pencil is also slightly shorter than most mechanical pencils, and it has a perfect weight and balance. Highly recommended!

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August 24, 2011
This pencil's really...
This pencil's really good for schoolwork and such; however, the barrel is steel so if you like squishy grips, this is not for you...also, the price is a little extravagant for what you get; a wholesale store I go to used to sell a pack of ten for ten dollars.

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December 17, 2012
I have this same exact...
I have this same exact pencil(but in 0.7) and it's fantastic! I usually use it for school work and drawing. The bad thing is that it says it has a great grip, but it isn't really grippe. Still this pencil is great and would recomend this for students. ;D

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December 3, 2012
the pencil is good but...
the pencil is good but the bad things about it is the grip and the eraser

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December 25, 2014
My favorite pencil hands...
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My favorite pencil hands down. I have several with different grades of lead. For the price, quality can't be beat.

May 15, 2014
I bought this pencil...
I bought this pencil locally because it was the only one that was sleek and small enough for me to use properly (plus Japan makes quality products), I hate those bulky ugly mechanical pencils that seem all the craze. This is by far the most amazing pencil I have ever used. I only buy this pencil now for everyday use. I refuse to use anything else because everything else is just disappointing.

The best part about this pencil is that it is made from quality materials as well as being thin and awesome looking.

My only complaint is that they don't make a 0.3 version of this Zebra. I know they have another 0.3 pencil but I love the look of this one and the great metal casing. Please Zebra, make a 0.3 version! You'd have my life long patronage.

November 3, 2013
I have used this pencil...
I have used this pencil for about a year now, it's a great pencil for doing homework, writing papers, I also use it for drawing sometimes. The reason why I didn't give his mechanical pencil 5 stars is because after a while the tiny metal tip of the pencil (the lead sleeve) will sink down into the black plastic, causing the lead to go too far when I push the push button. The pocket clip has also fallen out once but it was quick and easy to put back in. Many times I have to take apart it because a piece of lead got stuck in the end cap or the chuck, and unless you don't care the outside of the lead reservoir tube gets very dirty from the lead.

April 27, 2013
I have a set of Zebra...
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I have a set of Zebra stainless steel writing utensils in my every day backpack. They are sturdy, lightweight and durable. My set includes G-301 (gel ink pen), M-301 (mechanical pencil, the innards are a bit cheap and I don't it will last), F-301 (ballpoint, hardly used, prefer the gel ink), H-301 (highlighter, thicker than the others and doesn't complement very well). I have seen that Staedtler sells a set with similar utensils, I would recommend to Zebra to create a similar one with a nice case too, as these utensils are made of stainless steel, they look more attractive and durable, and so far, they have worked great!

January 7, 2013
Ever since I moved to...
Ever since I moved to the States, I've been ticked off at Dixon's Ticonderoga pencils. They don't sharpen without the lead snapping, and are all-round horrible pencils. The M-301 SAVED. MY. SANITY. Somehow, SOMEONE thought of a pencil design that actually made sense. I have used these for about 3 years now, and they are the most well-rounded pencils I have ever used.

Here's the pros:

1. Indestructible stainless steel body. The metal making up the tube is actually quite thick.
2. Perfectly balanced.
3. Basic-but-insanely-comfortable grip that simply does not let the pencil slide around at all.
4. Low-profile
5. Steel guide pipe, also indestructible
6. The clip does not get in the way ever
7. Aesthetically sound. This pencil looks awesome in all four corners of the Earth.
8. Nothing will ever kill the mechanism while the pencil is in one piece. the clutch is made of metal.
9. Easy disassembly and reassembly, and when you put it back together, it all fits perfectly which gets us to...
10. So solidly built that it is the SSD of pencils. Water doesn't get in either.
11. Works perfectly with every brand of lead
12. lead holder holds 12 leads at once. the leads seldom break in the holder even when you chuck it at a wall. Take this on holiday.
13. Cheap. two dollars. you can get two at staples for 3.50, I believe.
14. Made in Japan. The pencil itself has Japan written on it. You know it's well-made now.


1. I cannot twirl it.

I really wish i could get over my habit of losing pencils. I have gone through about eight of these suckers, and they are probably now scattered all over my house and they will continue to be there after all evidence of human civilization is gone from the earth. It is the perfect balance for anyone, whether they want a pencil that will draw, or write five page essays, or work in Antarctica. These things won't let you down, and if they do, buy a new one.