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Uni Shift Pipe Lock Drafting Pencil - Color Body Series - 0.5 mm - White Body with Smoke Accent - UNI M51010.1
  This is a very well-made,..., March 22, 2012
This is a very well-made, attractive pencil and I agree with what the other reviewers have said. However, I was disappointed by how easily the pencil becomes discolored. I collect mechanical pencils and other than my daily writers I use them very gently one time and then add them to my collection.

I have used this pencil once and taken it out of the package three times in total. Despite careful handling there are a couple of small marks on the cap that I have been unable to remove. I have tried a variety of cleaning liquids without success. Unfortunately, I am a little obsessive-compulsive when it comes to writing instruments and the smallest flaws bother me.

This is a great pencil for all of the reasons the other reviewers have listed but be very careful with the white version if smudges and marks on your writing instruments bother you.
Rotring Tikky Graphic Drawing Pen - Pigment Ink - 0.4 mm - Black Ink - SANFORD S0814760
  I ordered this and the..., March 22, 2012
I ordered this and the 0.5 mm version of the same pen based on Rotring's reputation for quality. I have very small, precise handwriting and have enjoyed using other similar pens in the past. I also write rather slowly and that may be why the ink flow from these pens is problematic for me. It also may be the type of paper I am using but the ink flows very rapidly and tends to spread and bleed, distorting my letters and lines.

You may achieve better results based on your writing style, but I have come to the conclusion that I need a pen with a slower ink flow than this one.
Rotring Tikky Graphic Drawing Pen - Pigment Ink - 0.5 mm - Black Ink - SANFORD S0814770
  I ordered this and the..., March 22, 2012
I ordered this and the 0.4 mm version of the same pen based on Rotring's reputation for quality. I have very small, precise handwriting and have enjoyed using other similar pens in the past. I also write rather slowly and that may be why the ink flow from these pens is problematic for me. It also may be the type of paper I am using but the ink flows very rapidly and tends to spread and bleed, distorting my letters and lines.

You may achieve better results based on your writing style, but I have come to the conclusion that I need a pen with a slower ink flow than this one.
Kaweco Special AL Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body - KAWECO 10000181
  My wife ordered one of..., March 22, 2012
My wife ordered one of these for me for Valentine's Day (unfortunately not from Jet Pens since they didn't carry them at the time). It arrived in a nice metal tin which was protected by a cardboard sleeve. The tin was a nice bonus as it will actually hold two pencils for pens and makes a nice carrying case.

The pencil itself has rapidly become my go to pencil for daily writing. It is a very well made, attractive pencil. everything except for the lead tube appears to be made of metal. The octagon design is reminiscent of wooden pencils and prevents it from annoyingly rolling off my desk as some of my other pencils do.

The lead advances a little further than I would like on a single click but personal preference will vary. It writes very smoothly. I tend to break a lot of lead with every pencil I use but it doesn't happen often with this pencil. (I wish Jet Pens would consider carrying Kaweco lead as I've been impressed by the quality of the lead that came in the pencil.)

If you are unfamiliar with Kaweco it is a German company that dates from 1883 that was revived in the 1990s. Kaweco designs have an authentic "retro" look and feel to me (much more so than other brands that seem to attempt similar styles). This is not an inexpensive pencil and it probably wouldn't be suitable for drafting but for an elegant, retro style everyday writer, you can't go wrong with a Kaweco Special.

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