My Account  |  My Wish List  |  Log In  |  Blog
JetPens®.com - Love at First Write®
Free Shipping
On Orders Over $25!

Reviews Written by hsiaolh

1 to 3 (of 3 ) 
Pilot Delful Double Knock Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Pink & Orange - PILOT HDF-50R-PO
  I have a bias for soft..., August 21, 2014
I have a bias for soft grips, so I just didn't like this pencil very much. It does indeed have a good shaker engine, but I'm not really used to shaker pencils anyway. I like the sturdiness and weight of this pencil, but there's too much weight at the back of the pencil so the balance feels just awful. The pencil itself is very nice; the tip resembles that of a Hi-Tec-C Coleto gel refill in case if you were wondering. Also, it's a bit hard to tell, but the grip of this is made of rubber as per the specifications. The rubber grip on this pencil is so thin, though, it doesn't feel like anything. The design of this pencil is okay, but I still can't get used to the plunger (or whatever it's called) that you push to get the tip out. The whole pencil is pink and orange plastic, but the plunger is aluminum. It looks rather unpleasant and I wish they had made it out of orange plastic instead. The main selling point of this pencil is its delful-ness, or just the double feature of a retractable tip and a shaker mechanism. The Del part of this pencil really had me wondering why Pilot doesn't make all of its mechanical pencils come with a retractable tip. One thing to consider, though, the lead shaker still works when the tip is retracted. The lead doesn't come out that easily when the tip is inside, but it just feels like yet another derp moment courtesy of Pilot. Overall, I would recommend this for people looking for a casual pencil to carry in their pockets or purses (and man purses).
Uni Alpha Gel Slim Mechanical Pencil - 0.3 mm - White Body - Blue Grip - UNI M3807GG1PW.33
  This is a wonderful pencil...., August 21, 2014
This is a wonderful pencil. However, I cannot say the same about its 0.5mm cousin. I have both and while both are fairly scratchy, the writing in this one comes out clean and fine while that of the 0.5mm Alpha Gel slim looks too bold. Aside from being slightly scratchy, this pencil also has the tendency to wobble slightly as the end of the pencil is not fully secure. Nonetheless, this is still a good pencil. There really aren't that much 0.3mm pencils and this is definitely one of the best if you don't consider drafting pencils. Compared to mechanical drafting pencils, the lead sleeve is much shorter, but consequently much sturdier. As a result, I feel much safer throwing this into my pencil bag for school than my other 0.3mm pencils. I like how it's still a needle tip, unlike the Pilot Airblanc (the c is silent, apparently). Also, because of its width, this pencil is more comfortable when writing compared to the Alpha Gel HD Shaka Shaka thingy. It's also really cute; the white body series is definitely one of my favorites.
Uni Alpha Gel Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Lavender Purple Body - UNI M5858GG1P.34
  This is one of my favorite..., August 21, 2014
This is one of my favorite casual mechanical pencils. Compared to the old Alpha Gel HD Shaker, this pencil has a lot more heft, which is good for your writing . The grip on this pencil is slimmer, stiffer, and easier to hold; however, the inner layers may stick together sometimes. Unfortunately, this pencil has no shaker feature, but I'm sure you can make a Kuru Toga shaker from numerous videos (in Japanese) on YouTube. Before this pencil, I didn't really like the Kuru Toga engine that much. I know they're supposed to have the same engine, so perhaps it's just that my standard Kuru Toga is faulty, but the engine works really in this pencil. Although the lead is 0.5mm wide, my words come out as if they were written by a 0.3mm pencil. The lavender color of the body is also very charming; as others have noted, though, it is a bit more on the silver side, so if you're on the fence between the pink model and this one, I would recommend the pink. Overall, I would highly recommend this pencil. It is fairly durable if you aren't as impractical as to carry it in your pockets or twirl it around all the time.
In terms of actual comfort, I'd say it's pretty good. I had a test where I had to write nonstop for over two hours; I alternated between this pencil and another pencil. When the test was completed, I still had incredibly sore fingers, but it would have been a lot worse had I used my Graph 1000.
1 to 3 (of 3 )