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Pilot Automac Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body - PILOT HAT-3SR-B
  Well, all you people..., July 6, 2012
Well, all you people that keep buying this thing and making it go out of stock in one day could at least leave a review, couldn't you? Guess I'll do my own, after 4 attempts at getting one of these.

I was really interested in this pencil due to the fact that I love to use 4B lead, and it's rather annoying to have to keep clicking the feeder between every sentence or partial drawing.

While the Automac does a great job of automatically advancing the lead, it is a little weird how it does it, and I'm not sure exactly how it works, and I'm not quite sure if I like it yet or not. Based on my observations, while continuing to write when the lead is almost gone, the lead sleeve will slightly back off of the lead, to allow you to continue to write, and then as you lift up on the pencil, it will advance the lead, however, it is just barely out of the lead sleeve.

This causes a little bit of a strange writing feel, in that if you don't advance the lead yourself, you are always writing with the lead just barely sticking out of the lead sleeve. Sometimes this can cause the lead to not mark as dark of a line as you'd like, depending on the angle at which you hold the tip. If you are really slanted, when you write, this will be more of an issue, however, if you write almost vertically, it won't be an issue at all. I played around with it, and am satisfied with the movement of the lead when auto advancing. It's just something to be informed about.

As far as quality, it is a well designed and manufactured piece. At first, I thought the black portion was metal, but when I got it, I thought it was plastic, until I took it apart to inspect it. It appears to be made out of brass, and then painted with some type of really hard enamel paint. It is really glossy, and has a kind of sparkle to it, which is cool. The grip is also interesting, it is not aggressive like some others I've used, but still has enough of a grip to be useful, frankly, it almost feels soft, even though it's made out of metal, quite a different feeling than expected.

I also did not know that the tip is retractable, like a ball point pen, not just allowing the sleeve to slide back in, it's like the vanishing point pencils, which is really nice. Click gently to advance the lead, click more firmly, and it retracts the tip and a significant amount of extended lead back into the body. Pretty nice bonus.

The clip is really firm, a little more firm than I'd like, but it may keep you from losing it, if you actually put this in your shirt pocket. I put mine in my messenger bag pen slot, and it's somewhat difficult to get in the pocket, clipped in, at least.

I'm really happy about this purchase, and it will probably be my go-to pencil for a long time.
Zebra Sharbo X CB8 High Quality Pen Body Component - Carbon Titanium Gray - ZEBRA SB23-CTGR
  This is amazing. I have..., October 15, 2010
This is amazing. I have had a multi pen before, and I thought it was kind of junky, and clumbsy. This thing is just the opposite. Very smooth interface, no rattling in the case, and the cartridges fit the outlet hole perfectly, so no play in the writing at all. It has just the right amount of weight to it, not too cheap/light feeling, but not so heavy that it will make you tired. Only 2 minor complaints, the eraser is hard to get to, because you have to unscrew a cap, secondly, the lead has to be put into the tube before installing the pencil cartridge, so you have to open the case to put more lead in, but just minor, if you keep 5-10 pieces inside the tube.
Ohto Fine Ceramic Roller Ball Pen - 0.5 mm - Black Body - Black Ink - OHTO CB-10N BLACK
  Okay, the point about..., September 19, 2007
Okay, the point about the cap not connecting to the back of the pen? It took me weeks to figure out, that the cap actually does sit on the back of the pen. It slides over the end of the silver part that is sticking out the back side, just just have to line it up!
Ohto Fine Ceramic Roller Ball Pen - 0.5 mm - Black Body - Black Ink - OHTO CB-10N BLACK
  I wondered how much I..., August 23, 2007
I wondered how much I would like this pen. It's quality is very nice, as it should be for $20. Styling is minimal, and modern. It writes nice and smooth, much smoother than your typical ball point pens. It feels comfortable in your hand.

Only two minus points:
You have to line up the cap almost perfectly to get it back on the pen, because of the oval design (similar to the way it looks at the top). A round, even level end on the cap would have been nice, but I guess it wouldn't have matched the top and bottom of the pen.

Secondly, the cap does not sit on the back of the pen when in use. You just have to leave it disconnected.

Overall, it's a great pen, for $20.
Tombow Mono One Mini Twist Eraser - TOMBOW EH-SSM
  These Tombows are awesome...., August 23, 2007
These Tombows are awesome. Perfect little size. Much better than the standard click erasers that you see at stores here in the US. I like the idea of having a cap, as sometimes I don't use an eraser for a long time, and the eraser dries out. The end cap even has a little loop you could tie a lanyard onto, if you wanted.
Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - PENTEL PG1015
  I got this with a Ohto..., May 26, 2006
I got this with a Ohto Super ProMecha. While they don't compare in adjustability, this Graphgear is a sweet little pencil. I like the retracting of the guide pipe on this particular one.

This will probably be the one I end up using at work.

Overall, a nice piece.
Ohto Super Promecha 1500P Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - OHTO PM-1505P
  Just got one of these...., May 26, 2006
Just got one of these. One of the most awesome pencils I've seen. I like all the adjustments it provides.

The weight is nice and balanced, and the grip, even though metal, feels comfortable.

The only slightly annoying feature (although it would have been hard to do otherwise, since it is adjustable), is that you have to rotate the barrel or grip to retract the guide pipe. It's not that big of a deal, but if you go from writing to not writing a lot, it could be a pain (you always want to protect that $29 pencil, don't you?).

The clip is removeable, for those that don't like them.

The eraser is a kind of small size, and I do not know of a refill that would fit, at least, in the US. JetPens, got any sources for refills on the erasers?
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