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Reviews Written by ericjwilliams

October 4, 2011
This lead is by far my...
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This lead is by far my favorite pencil lead now. I own every 0.5mm lead that Jetpens sells, and for the longest time the Pilot Eno lead was my favorite. I purchased this lead as it was released, and have had some time to play with it. This lead is by far the smoothest lead to write with. It feels like writing with a jetstream or vicuna ballpoint pens. The lead also seems to mark fairly dark for only being an HB lead. Keep in mind I'm not putting this stuff in a BIC pencil however. A solid pencil makes a difference.

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May 4, 2011
This is a good pencil,...
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This is a good pencil, however, it gets three stars for a reason somewhat substantial to me. I cannot seem to write comfortably with this pencil. Some pencils lend themselves to good handwriting, but not matter the type of grip with this pencil it will not work comfortably with my hand. Now for reference, I'm a 280 lb. tall guy with big hands, and being that I own a lot of mechanical pencils I'm very picky.

Besides my ergonomic issues though, the pencil functions flawlessly. The shaker mechanism works reliably and you don't have to give it shaken baby syndrome for it to work. Unfortunately, the ergo issues are enough for me to never use this pencil.

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April 27, 2011
Excellent pencil. The...
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Excellent pencil. The grip has just the right tackiness, and as long as you like the medium to large barrells, you'll like this. My only complaint is the lack of a satisfying click from the top button, but the shaker mechanism works very well. Despite the tip being plastic, the pencil as a whole has a solid feel. This is a very comfortable writing pencil.

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April 15, 2011
This is only an initial...
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This is only an initial review, as I received the pencil today. However, there are a lot of good things to notice right off the bat. One, this all metal construction is spectacular. It isn't anywhere near as heavy as a rotring 600, but it has all if not more of the solid feel from the build quality. The grip size is great. I usually go for smaller grips, but this one isn't too big like lots of pencils can get to be. I really hate reading 2 and 3 star reviews from people disappointed that when they mistreat their pencil (i.e. DROP IT) that it doesn't stand up better. Of course a pencil with a permanantly protruding lead sleeve is going to be damaged. You should recognize this and do your best to prevent it.

Enough of my rambling. This is one awesome pencil, and as far as drafting AND regular mechanical pencils go, I can honestly say this will be in my top 3 for a long time to come.

5 people found this helpful
February 9, 2011
I will second the notion...
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I will second the notion that this lead is excellent for the kuru toga. I've been searching for a lead better suited for the kuru, and the Stein HB Hard lasts the longest and writes the smoothest. You can't go wrong with the Uni Nano Dia, but this is better.

February 7, 2011
I am an engineering major,...
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I am an engineering major, and naturally I'm doing a lot of math all the time. This is great for fixing all those little mistakes. The eraser quality is much better than other similar erasers. Mine gets used a lot as my go to pencil is a kuru toga and we all know the erasers on them aren't worth...

7 people found this helpful
February 4, 2011
Solid German Engineering....
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Solid German Engineering. That's all that needs to be said. I would venture to say this is the grand daddy of all the pencils here at jetpens, and rightfully so.

February 4, 2011
For being the little...
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For being the little brother to the Rotring 600, this pencil leaves nothing to be desired. Everything is identical with the exception of the weight, and even still it's not a huge difference. The pencil gives off this aura of fine german engineering, it's just plastic instead of metal. They may have used a cheaper material but they didn't skimp on the fitting. No rattling, no bending, 100% solid feel while writing. And I just love the very visible tip of the Rotrings. This is probably one of the best pencils available in terms of quality and engineering.

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February 4, 2011
This pencil writes well...
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This pencil writes well and feels comfortable, but I can't get past how cheap the construction feels and how flimsy it is. Pentel seems to make more reliable pencils for the same price.

February 4, 2011
I guess even with Japanese...
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I guess even with Japanese stationary you get what you pay for. When I opened up the package to use this pencil the shaker mechanism didn't work. It also wouldn't click using the button advance. So I stripped it apart and found a piece of lead just floating in the body of the pencil keeping the spring from moving. Since I got that straightened out the shaker and button work. What dissappoints me is there is NO sense of a click when you use the push button, and the shaker is sparatic at best. As far as writing quality goes though it's a winner, so it gets the stars it does based on it's writing comfort.