September 6, 2012
I find theses pencils (both the 0.5 and 0.7 sizes) to be excellent, as they
combine great functionality with beautiful design. Each "feature", rather than
being added on to a "base" pencil, is expressed naturally as an integrated part
of it's original design. Things, such as the ribbed grip and rounded pocket
clip, are part of the natural flow of the pencil body. In this way, it reminds
me somewhat of the MacBook Pro "unibody" design: great functionality is created
as a natural result of a unified design, making the device a pleasure to use.
Originally, I thought the thinner Platinum I pencils would suit me better, but I
soon found that I actually prefer the Platinum II pencils (I have used both).
The larger grip size and more refined design make it easier and more pleasurable
(for me) to use. The only thing that I have yet to decide upon is which lead
size and hardness I want for daily use. I like the Uni NanoDia leads and now use
the 0.7-B (which is dark enough, but has a somewhat thick line). I've just
ordered (but haven't yet received) a set of Uni NanoDia 0.5-B to 0.5-4B leads
(from JetPens). I'm hoping that one of these will achieve a thinner, yet dark
line, without too much smearing (my ultimate lead ;-).
I know it's "just a pencil", but it feels more like a piece of art that you can
hold in your hands, making a common-place task, like writing on paper, more
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