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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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
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.