This multi-pen leaves me with mixed emotions. The overall look of the wood with
a champagne metallic plastic body is attractive and color-coordinated. The pen
is well proportioned and artistically shaped. The "2-pens plus 1 pencil" design
of this instrument seems like a sensible approach for an executive or business
The problem for me was apparently also a problem for the previous reviewer. I
expected a metal or mostly metal body instead of the metallic looking plastic.
This was a surprise based upon the JetPens description. I'm afraid that the
plastic may also tend to make the "real wood" portion of the pen suspect -- why
would you marry an exotic wood with such an obviously plastic body (the wood
sleeve is real).
I had this item about two weeks when it slipped out of my shirt pocket and fell
3 feet to the pavement when I was getting into my car. The "Pure Malt" did not
take the fall well -- the plastic cracked in one place and was scratched in
three or four others. Oh well...
A decent looking multi-pen, but you should be clear that you are paying for
mostly plastic construction. I would have preferred something closer to the
construction of the Pentel S20 series of mechanical pencils in terms of marrying
wood, metal and plastic to perfection.
For me, the key to this pencil is the front or lead-end weight distribution.
It's kind of like going from a rear or all-wheel drive vehicle to a front wheel
drive vehicle. The bulk of the weight of this metal pencil resides near the
lead-end in the thick, rubber sheathed grip area. The weight of the remaining
2/3 of the pencil's length becomes almost negligible by comparison. IMO, this
lead-end weighting tends to favor very close-in, detail work as opposed to
broader sketching. The grip is comfortable and non-slip.
In any case, this is certainly a high quality professional instrument.
The flat black, stealth look of this model marries well with such other products
as the Pentel Smash mechanical pencil, the black Pilot Dr. Grip multi-pen and
the Mitsubishi Boxy eraser.
The attraction of the Smash is a bit perplexing. It is certainly not a flashy or
especially beautiful pencil -- some might call it nondescript! I guess it has a
sort of stealth technology, paramilitary, "Hummer" look to it which appeals to
And it does have a warmer and more comfortable feel to it than some of high-end
metal pencils on this site. The rubberized skin of this pencil is strangely
In the end, though, it may be the smug satisfaction of quietly owning a pencil
with a bit of history, uniqueness and collectibility.
The previous 5-star review is complete and accurate. The S20 pencils are gems
resulting from the unique melding of high tech precision with the traditional
look and feel of wood -- space ship meets wooden ship. The wood finish is
especially fine and delightful! A piece of the highest quality -- you could
stamp Mont Blanc, Pelikan, Porsche Design, etc on this product without missing a
This mechanical pencil line exudes quality and precision. It is a work of
art...the "Porsche Design" or "Mercedes" of drafting tools. Love the heavy duty
feel of the locking clasp mechanism which extends and retracts the lead point.
Feels like a German product -- heavy and a bit over-engineered -- built to last!
A mechanical jewel which is a delight to admire and hold.
There are many fine mechanical pencils offered on this website and I have used a
number of them. Ounce for ounce, the Pilot S3 offers the best value. An
extremely reasonable price for a durable, attractive and comfortable drafting
and writing tool. Highly recommended!
Clearly a very unusual and specialized writing tool! Build quality is good but
not spectacular, and it rattles a bit like a pocket full of change due to the
three mechanical pencil barrels. No eraser.
I have found it most appealing as a gift to some young nephews (aged 9 to 14),
who are fascinated with the see-through construction and the multiple size
mechanical pencils -- they seem to love the "works" of the device. Beyond the
"curiosity" factor, this multi-pencil seems best suited as a travel companion --
take the 357 together with a good multi-pen and you will be ready for anything!
At home at my desk, however, I would much prefer to use 3 separate mechanical
I agree completely with both the strong praise and the minor criticism contained
in the first review above. The pen is wonderfully constructed and radiates an
aura of quality, precision, balance and heft. The flat black pen is especially
attractive and unusual. I have given this versatile pen as a gift several times
and it has always been received enthusiastically -- by pre-teens as well as
I also found the ink refills to be a bit inconsistent at times -- apparently a
quality control problem -- but I can live with it. A very satisfying purchase.