Although I did not purchase...
Although I did not purchase this pencil from Jetpens, I own the blue Twist-Erase
III mechanical pencil, exactly as it looks in the picture, and I believe that it
There are 2 major factors that make up a mechanical pencil, the first being the
exterior (comfort, aesthetics, clip, etc). This pencil is 5.5" or almost 14cm
long, and has a nice comfort grip that makes is easier to hold. Although the
grip is not really squishy, it still cushions your fingers so the pencil is
comfortable to write with. (However I sort of wish the grip extends a bit lower
as I hold my pencils near the tip) The pencil clip is nice and tight, and not
loose at all. The clip is also metal, so it most likely will not break easily.
The upper body of the pencil can be twisted to advance the eraser, or clicked to
advance the lead, and is intuitive and easy to use.
The second major factor of mechanical pencils is the performance of writing. A
3mm drafting sleeve helps add accuracy, even though this is not a drafting
pencil. The eraser erases pretty cleanly and lasts a while (I have a Pentel
Side FX that uses the same E10 eraser refill of the Twist Erase III. I've been
using the Side FX for school for several years, and I have yet to wear halfway
through the first eraser, which may partially be due to the fact that I also use
other erasers. Just in case you wonder, the side FX is also a decent pencil,
with a side advance button, twist eraser, and short drafting sleeve. Usually
it's cheaper than the twist erase 3, but not as comfortable.) Under constant
use, I expect the twist-eraser to last about 3 to 4 months. Refill erasers can
be easily found at retail stores like walmart. The amount of lead advanced per
pencil click is consistent, which is definitely good because you don't have to
waste time trying to fix the amount of lead that came out so that you don't end
up accidentally breaking the lead. I hate it when pencils are inconsistent when
they advance lead, so luckily I don't have that problem with this pencil.
Overall I am glad I purchased this pencil. I have checked two other places,
(amazon, walmart) and found the pencil to be cheapest here on Jetpens. If you
just want a good quality pencil that is not too expensive and will serve you
well, the Twist-Erase III is probably the way to go. However, if you want more
task-specific pencils for drafting, you will probably be better off with a
sharps, Graphgear 1000, shift pipe lock, etc.. Compared to similar pencils,
like the Pentel Side FX, although the Side FX is cheaper, it is just personal
preference to which pencil is actually better. You may like the twist-erase
more, you may like other pencils more. My conclusion is that this pencil is
worth it's cost, and if you need a pencil, you won't regret choosing this one.
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