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Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Blue Body - PENTEL P1035C
  The pictures of the Kerry..., November 2, 2008
The pictures of the Kerry are nice, but one cannot fully appreciate the good looks of this pencil until they see it in person. The body is plastic, but really looks metallic until you actually pick it up and hold it. For its size, it's got a nice weight to it, but is well balanced. The cap is metal and contains the eraser. The inner barrel that holds the lead is also made of metal. Since this pencil is capped, it is pocket safe, which gives it a good advantage over many other pencils. Overall a great pencil.
Pilot Eno Neox Pencil Lead - 0.5 mm - HB - PILOT HRF5E-20-HB
  This lead came as quite..., October 17, 2008
This lead came as quite a surprise to me. I didn't think there was much competition to Pentel's Ain lead, but Pilot has made this lead the way I like it: dark and smooth. It's darker than your average HB grade lead, to boot. Consequently, it smudges a little more easily. However, seeing as how I like a HB lead that's this dark and smooth, it fits the bill perfectly.
Uni Mitsubishi Lead Holder Refill - 2 mm - HB - Pack of 6 - UNI ULNHB
  6 pieces for $3.50 is..., October 1, 2008
6 pieces for $3.50 is quite a deal, at least for where I live. (10 pieces of Faber-Castell cost me $9.25.) The lead is all I could ask for: it writes smooth and consistently, and leaves a nice dark line. Compared to Faber-Castell and Staedtler lead of the same hardness it's noticeably darker, and consequently it wears down a little faster, but not by much. The lead can fit with the stopper in my Staedtler Mars 780 and my Rotring 300, though it has to be modified to fit into a Caran d'Ache Fixpencil 22. Compared to Caran d'Ache's lead, which isn't easy to find and costs quite a bit when found, the Uni lead costs about half as much for the same amount and of the same quality.
Uni Boxy Roller Ball Pen - 0.5 mm - Red Ink - UNI UB-105 BX.15
  Boxy is similar to the..., September 23, 2008
Boxy is similar to the roller ball pens sold by Uni-ball in the US. From my observations, it writes a bit smoother, the ink flow is a bit more consistent and the ink itself seems to be more vibrant. The ink dries pretty quick, though being that I'm a righty I'm not sure how well this would do in the hands of a southpaw. It's not anything like the Pilot Hi-Tec-C or the Pentel Slicci, but it gets the job done.
Pilot S20 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Deep Red Body - PILOT HPS-2SK-DR5
  This is probably about..., September 22, 2008
This is probably about as close as you can get to combining the everyday usability and practicallity of a mechanical pencil with the charm, looks and natural feel of a woodcase pencil. The obvious standout here is the wood. The deep red-stained wood (which Pilot claims to be Kabazai cherry wood grown in Hokkaido, though this is disputed) looks wonderful and feels great in the hands, being very smooth and having a sort of natural "warmth" to it. The pencil itself is balanced very nicely, and is light but not insubstantial. With these two working in concert, it makes for a very smooth writing experience. Even note taking in class becomes less of a chore. Definitely a pencil for the entusiast or the professional looking for something that looks more natural rather than a surgical insturment.
Pentel Smash Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - PENTEL Q1005-1
  The Smash lives up to..., September 22, 2008
The Smash lives up to its position as one of the three pencils of those referred to as "Pentel's Wonders." For being mostly plastic, except for the guide pipe, clip and the inner lead storage tube (at least from basic observation), the pencil has a nice weight to it and is properly balanced. The rubber matrix is comfortable and provides a good grip. The plastic is also of a good quality. Aesthetically, its understated looks are great, in that stealth-black unassuming look, but it is anything but. A great pencil for both writing and drafting.
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