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Zebra Tect 2way Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - White Body

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Zebra Tect 2way Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - White Body - ZEBRA MA42-W
  • Zebra Tect 2way Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - White Body - ZEBRA MA42-W
  • Zebra Tect 2way Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - White Body - ZEBRA MA42-W
  • Zebra Tect 2way Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - White Body - ZEBRA MA42-W
  • Zebra Tect 2way Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - White Body - ZEBRA MA42-W
  • Zebra Tect 2way Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - White Body - ZEBRA MA42-W
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This sleek drafting pencil is the first of its kind to offer BOTH a shaker AND a click lead extension function! Just twist the ring above the grip to point to "lock" to use the pencil as a normal click advance drafting pencil. Unlock the body and it becomes a shaker pencil that you can shake to extend lead automatically! The lead advances through an internal weight mechanism that extends lead upon movement. Pencil features a fixed guide pipe length, metal clip and ribbed plastic grip.

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Model NumberZEBRA MA42-W
Weight0.6 ounces
Body Color White
Body Material Plastic
Clip Material Metal
Clippable Yes
Diameter - Grip 10.3 mm
Diameter - Max 10.6 mm
Eraser Included Yes
Grip Color White
Grip Material Plastic
Knurled Finger Grip No
Lead Diameter 0.5 mm
Lead Grade Indicator No
Lead Sleeve Length 4.0 mm
Length - Body 14.9 cm
Mechanism Shaker
Sleeve Type Fixed
Tip Material Metal


May 9, 2011
I bought this pencil...
I bought this pencil After purchasing and orange Zebra 2way 1000. I liked that pencil and I liked the look of this white one, so I thought, What the heck.....
However after using both pencils daily, I'd use my Zebra 2way 1000 over this white one any day.
This feels cheap at times, I'm afraid I might break it...whereas when I use my Zebra 1000, I feel like I could write a novel and it would survive till the end.

So if you want a sturdy, nice, pencil that you want to LAST, get one of the 1000s...

2 people found this helpful
April 5, 2014
Honestly mystified by...
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Honestly mystified by all the reviews that say this pencil feels fragile/cheap. I bought mine in 2011 and other than some rubbing out of the text, it still looks like new now in 2014. I'll be upfront and say I haven't ever used this pencil for drafting, just day-to-day note-taking and drawing, but it's done me well these last few years.

The shaker mechanism gives it a nice heft and helps keep the center of balance relatively low, so it's easy to control. As a result, I've actually found it to be more comfortable to use than my fancy alpha-gel kurutoga pencil. Both the shaker and the clicky lead advance work well and haven't broken on me yet. The eraser is a tiny nub of a thing like basically every draft pencil out there, so get a nice eraser and you're golden. :)

1 person found this helpful
May 3, 2012
I bought this to replace...
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I bought this to replace a staedtler 925 which jammed and died, and it's served me well. It's got a mostly plastic construction and does feel a little flimsy at times, but it hasn't shown any major signs of wear after a year of pretty much constant usage. The shaker and click mechanism feel solid, and I haven't yet had issues with jams etc. A good little pencil overall.

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October 20, 2011
I bought this pen, although...
I bought this pen, although not from Jet Pens. The shake mechanism intrigued me. It didn't feel so solid at times and then later it did. So far it has been a very good pen and I love to write with it. I do wish to figure out how to disassemble it just in case it happens to break, which hasn't worked out for me yet. Besides that, it is really good.

November 25, 2010
While I already have...
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While I already have a handful of shaker pencils, none of them looked particularly cool. I wanted a stylish high-end mechanical pencil that could become my main drawing instrument but it had to have a shaker mechanism!
The Zebra Tect 2way fit the bill as a high-end mechanical pencil/low-end drafting pencil.
I love the way it looks and feels! The manual and shaking lead advancement feels refined. I plan on buying a blue 0.7 one for use with blue lead.
A couple of comments based on other reviews:
The Tect 2way has a 4mm fixed lead sleeve which is standard equipment on drafting pencils. Care must be taken not to bend it. However, the Pentel Graphgear has a retractable tip for those looking for a drafting pencil that they can chuck in a backpack or something.
Also, the Tect 2way may not be the first mechanical pencil with a shaker mechanism but it is probably the first drafting pencil with a shaker mechanism.