I'm glad I got this little gadget. At first the mechanism seemed awkward, but I
got used to it fairly easily. I only wish it had a clip to keep it secure in my
pen case. I don't use it often, and try to be gentle with it; this isn't a
heavy-duty item. But having a way to carry a stapler without damaging it, or it
damaging anything else, is awfully useful at times. And it's just clever; nobody
would guess it is a stapler until you show them how it works. :-)
Oh no!!! I only use 2B lead, and I thought, yeah, right, an eraser that works
better for one lead or another. But... it does. It erases cleanly with less
pressure and leaves fewer eraser crumbs. My friends who make fun of my office
supply addiction will never let me live down that now I have specialized erasers
to go with my over-the-top awesome pencils. :-)
I really like this one. I was worried it would take time to tie and untie it,
but really it's very easy. (I got this to replace one that was too noisy with
its Velcro.) In the middle pouch I put some extra pencil leads at the bottom and
then a box eraser above (so it's easy to reach; it stays above the leads). The
sides hold a few drafting pencils and a few pens, which is all I need to carry
around with me.
Finally a winner! I've tried the staetler silver series and and Ohto here, as
well as the 500 graphgear series. I prefer a heavier pencil (obviously) and am
pleased with the balance. I use drafting pencils to make complicated diagrams
with tiny notations. With this pencil I have control, with the grip and the
weight it doesn't slip and I can focus on the notation without squeezing the
life out of the pencil.
Being retractable is great -- I'm tired of stabbing myself when reaching in my
schoolbag and find pencils unexpectedly upside-down. One caveat: with my tiny
notations I often need the eraser and leave the caps off. But, if you use the
clip to retract the pencil, the eraser will shoot out the end. :-)
This is a great case. It's well made, easily holds pencils and pens, the slots
are just wide enough to be secure without fighting to stuff them inside. Only
one problem: I really wish I'd thought about how loud velcro can be. I can't
open this during a lecture without attracting too much attention.
I've tried the orange, green and blue. They all erase surprisingly well The
orange and green work well for me, but the blue is too dark. However, with all
these highlighters I've noticed the following: If I highlight over pencil and
then erase, the highlighter disappears, but I can't erase the pencil marks that
The orange and green work great! The blue, not so much. The ink is too dark to
read text through, which is kind of the point of a highlighter. As for erasing,
it erases surprisingly well. However, with all these highlighters I've noticed
the following: If I highlight over pencil and then erase, the highlighter
disappears, but I can't erase the pencil marks that were underneath. So, 4 stars
for the rest, only 3 for this dark blue marker.
This pencil is very light -- I prefer a heavier pencil but everyone is
different. I do like the eraser: it worked better than some drafting pencils
I've tried. However, I don't like the cap over the eraser. It's very small and
easy to lose track of. It won't stand up, and when it's on its side it likes to
roll (and hide).
I do like the .4mm size. I'm using the B lead and still breaking too much, but
not nearly the frustration I had with a .3mm. If nothing else, this pencil
inspired me to find a .4mm that might work better for me.