I bought this around Oct 2012, others have said that theirs differ, but mines
just like how they describe it in the video. I dont use this a whole lot, bought
it more for the mechanical aspect of it. It really is a fun pencil to play
around with the features. Though once its set, really no need to keep changing
it. Heres my review.
Length - On the longer side, not really an issue, I have bigger hands, but
really any length on drafting pencils isnt an issue to me.
Pipe - Adjustable. For me, I have it extended out as much as it goes. Why,
because I can.
Tip - Decent enough, looks different than other drafting pencils, not by a whole
lot, but when you have numerous drafting pencils as I do, you tend to see the
differences. Works well enough.
Grip - This is what controls the pipe length, which is cool. The width of it is
just right for my fingers. Its more wide than most drafting pencils, feels great
when I hold it and use it. The knurling is on the less aggressive side, its
there, hasnt slipped from my fingers when writing, not like my Alvins but it
works. The grip knurl length is fine for me, works for my writing style.
Lead out adjuster - Works, made in a way that when you're writing it out mess
with it, unless you have a really unique writing style. The fact that you can
adjust the lead out length is awesome, as brands spit out different lengths, and
depending on what lead softness you're using, you'll want to have it spit out at
different lengths. So this is a HUGE plus in my book.
Rubber Rings - More for looks, yes you "can" take them off, but you'll have to
purposely take them off. I dont feel them using it, looks cool.
Clip - Above standard, stiffer than most. You can unscrew the portion above the
clip to take it off, but I dont see a reason to do that. More for looks, which
Lettering - Decent enough, havent used it a whole lot to tell if it'll wear off
easily, seems like it'll last a long time.
Cap - on mine, its a tight snug fit. One of my pet peeves is having caps fall
off my pencils, this one doesnt seem to be a problem. HUGE plus. Has a color
system for different lead size, small, but there. Easier if the pencil is
vertical than laying down. Plus, the cap looks better than other drafting
Eraser - Has one.
Weight - Its on the heavier side, though pencil weight isnt an issue with me,
whether it be light or heavy.
Finish - Its nice, but I do see where it shows scratches on it. Not a big deal,
its going to happen if you use your pencils often enough.
Lead Indicator - Has one, plus in my book. Its on the smaller side as far as a
quick glance. But it will stay in place, its a little awkward at first to change
the lead softness (might take a whole min to figure it out) but once you put it
on the softness of your lead, it will stay there, HUGE plus.
Grip - Though it works just fine for me, it could be about another 5mm longer.
Bulky - Its bulky enough that it wont go into my elastic holders very well, not
a big problem, but enough for me to carry it other than my pencil pack.
Cost - Although I realize that it cost money to make a more mechanical featured
pencil, still on the pricier side.
Cap - Biggest grip, the cap movement, really its the lead compartment that the
cap attaches to that moves a lot, and if you shake this pencil back and forth,
you'll hear it. Frustrating when you pay $25 for it.
This is a great pencil, though like mentioned, others have gotten different
pencils than what the video shows. As for mine, I dont regret buying it, I have
the 0.7mm, would like to get 0.5mm as I use a different 0.9mm pencil for certain
personal reasons. I think its great to use, though I dont use it a whole lot,
kind of on that "I dont want someone stealing it" reason as to why I dont take
it to my work. But when funds are more plentiful, I do plan on getting different