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Staedtler 925 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - STAEDTLER 92505
  Heres my review of this..., March 1, 2013
Heres my review of this drafting pencil.


Pros:
Length - Good, nothing bad, works well enough.
Pipe Length - About standard, not enough to really change how I write or noticeable.
Tip - Definitely different than other brands, but thats what separates the brands. Works well enough, no gripes.
Grip - Long enough to support just about every kind of writing technique.
Lead Indicator - Has one, thats a plus in itself, color coded to give visual on which lead size it is at a glance.
Lettering - I havent used the 0.5mm enough to see if it'll wear off, decent enough.
Clip - Standard, works.
Cap - Has a lead size on the top which is nice if yoave your drafting pencils in a soup can or something else where they are standing more vertical that laying down.
Weight - Light, but weight really isnt an issue with me on really any drafting pencil.
Eraser - Has one, I dont use it though.
Finish - Nice enough finish to look presentable.
Price - Very reasonable, especially on this site.

Cons:
Grip - Its more on the slippery side. Not major, but coming from metal knurled pencils, its noticeable.
Lead Indicator - Not very stiff, has turned on me several times.
Cap - Biggest gripe, the cap will come off, for some reason its about 2-3mm too short for my taste. Has fallen off numerous times, irritating to stop once I find out it fell off and have to look for it.

Overall:
I have this in the 0.3mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm. I like them, especially for the cost, but since I have many other pencils, I dont use these a whole lot. I wont drop it for another if I pick it up blindly, but as far as everyday usage, it doesnt get used that much.
Staedtler 925 Drafting Pencil - 0.3 mm - STAEDTLER 92503
  I'll be the first to..., March 1, 2013
I'll be the first to write about my thoughts on this drafting pencil. I bought this particular one off a different vendor, but considering how much money I've spent at this site, I'll post my review on it here.

Pros:
Length - Good, nothing bad, works well enough.
Pipe Length - About standard, not enough to really change how I write or noticeable.
Tip - Definitely different than other brands, but thats what separates the brands. Works well enough, no gripes.
Grip - Long enough to support just about every kind of writing technique.
Lead Indicator - Has one, thats a plus in itself, color coded to give visual on which lead size it is at a glance.
Lettering - I havent used the 0.3mm enough to see if it'll wear off, decent enough.
Clip - Standard, works.
Cap - Has a lead size on the top which is nice if yoave your drafting pencils in a soup can or something else where they are standing more vertical that laying down.
Weight - Light, but weight really isnt an issue with me on really any drafting pencil.
Eraser - Has one, I dont use it though.
Finish - Nice enough finish to look presentable.
Price - Very reasonable, especially on this site.

Cons:
Grip - Its more on the slippery side. Not major, but coming from metal knurled pencils, its noticeable.
Lead Indicator - Not very stiff, has turned on me several times.
Cap - Biggest gripe, the cap will come off, for some reason its about 2-3mm too short for my taste. Has fallen off numerous times, irritating to stop once I find out it fell off and have to look for it.

Overall:
I have this in the 0.3mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm. I like them, especially for the cost, but since I have many other pencils, I dont use these a whole lot. I wont drop it for another if I pick it up blindly, but as far as everyday usage, it doesnt get used that much.
Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body - SANFORD 1852309
  I like this pencil, though..., March 1, 2013
I like this pencil, though I don't use it a whole lot. mainly because of the amount it cost, I just dont want to drop it or have someone steal it, that would really put me in a bad mood (edited in case youngings are reading). Heres my thoughts.

Pros:
Length - the length is fine, not problem.
Pipe length - About standard, no problem.
Tip design - Its fine, nothing fancy, it works.
Grip - It has a decent amount of knurling, definitely wont slip out of my fingers.
Body - Its metal, screws into the grip very nicely.
Lettering - Red on black, cant go wrong with that combo, very nice lettering.
Clip - Above standard, nothing too great about it, it works.
Lead Indicator - Stiff enough that it wont slide when writing with it leaving you wondering "was this B or 2B?"
Cap - Hasn't slipped off while using it, but then again, I dont take the cap off unless filling drafting pencils and I havent used this for years, only about 5mo.
Finish - Far above standard drafting pencils, very nice, definitely will stand out among all the other drafting pencils you have.
Weight - its about the heaviest one I own, not bad, gives it that quality feel to it. My hands haven't gotten tired from using it for hours, but then again, I have man hands. :)


Cons:
Tip - non retractable (yes I know there are versions of this that are, but for the price, would be nice to have that feature.
Grip - Its on the small side, not narrow enough to make me not want to use it, but I have much more comfortable drafting pencils in my arsenal.
Cost - This is the big one, now owning it, I'm not too regretful for purchasing it, but at the same time, I think its about $7 too much. If I didnt know what the price was, I certainty wouldnt have guessed $33. If I had the chance, I would have more likely not have bought it, its good, but not worth the $33 for it.
Pentel Graph Gear 500 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - PENTEL PG525A
  I like this drafting..., March 1, 2013
I like this drafting pencil enough that if I blindly grab it out of my stash of drafting pencils, I wont drop it and pick up another. I would have given it more stars, but theres a few things that I would like to see on it to get 5 stars.

Pros:
Length - This is a goo length, I havent noticed that it was too long or short, so length is fine.
Weight - It's on the lighter side, but weight really isnt an issue with me in any drafting pencils.
Construction - The grip part is metal, knurled nicely, no issue gripping it while writing (for classes or work). The body is plastic, but its strong enough. I wouldnt use it as a prybar, not really sure how many really snap their pencils on a regular basis, if they do, might need to carry their writing instruments elsewhere. Though one bad thing about the body, but I'll post that in the con part.
Clip - Clip is pretty much standard, it'll hold, but if you bend it, you pretty much lost the ability of using it without really knowing how to bend the clip back to the curvature that it needs to be to be functional (if you do, not end of world, just now it wont have a clip).
Cap - On mine, its a tight fit. Again, I dont take it off and on a lot during my use, I really only take the cap off to fill it up or if I have to erase several mm of pencil markings. I use a different eraser for erasing.
Lettering - The lettering on the body is holding up, I havent had it for years, only about 6mo and so far its holding up.
Pipe length - depending on how you hold your pencils, it can either be a little on the long side or not a problem. The pipe length really isnt the issue, as most drafting pencils have this pipe length, but how the whole tip is with the pipe length. For me, its fine.


Cons:
Body - Not that its plastic, but that where it screws into the metal grip will unscrew at times. It'll only unscrew a little before I notice it, but it happens enough to make me want to put some blue lock on it. I havent had to take apart a drafting pencil in about 15yrs, so wouldnt think it'd be bad to put some kind of mechanic screw lock on it.
Lead Indicator - none, thats the problem.


Overall, its a decent pencil, I have the 0.3mm & 0.5mm and like them both. Will be completing the set here shortly.
Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - PENTEL PG1015
  1st off, I like this..., March 1, 2013
1st off, I like this pencil mostly, but the thing that bothers me the most about this pencil makes it unpleasant to use. The length of it is fine, the weight of it is fine. I do like how it made with metal, gives it that upper tier feeling, love the lead indicator, the fact that the pipe can retract. Even the clip is strong, a little bulky but strong. But what makes it unusable for is the grip. Dont get me wrong, it looks cool, decent in theory even, but in my daily use, the grip is far too smooth. My fingers end up sliding down a lot, the the point that I just put it away and grab another drafting pencil. Mind you, I own many, many drafting pencils (more than I care to think about the amount of money I've spent on them), so I can say that if I hadn't thrown away the packing and used it (I tried using it for a month just to see if it would grow on me) I would have returned it. If I hold it just right, its manageable, but at that rate, I'm having to change my writing style for just this drafting pencil, which isn't enough reason to adopt to it. I have too many other pencils to use where I dont have to change my writing grip.

So thats my thoughts on it. Its cool, lots of good features, just wish that they would have made the knurling more aggressive and the rubber less predominant.
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