For as cheap as this pencil is, and as few complaints I have, what's not to
Its mechanism never has failed on me, although compared to other shaker pencils
it does require quite a bit stronger of a shake (which I seem to need to do
quite frequently, more on that in a moment). The grip isn't all that comfortable
though, it's kind of a hard rubber. It's definitely not soft. I wouldn't call it
uncomfortable though, I can take notes for a class with it with no problem at
all. It is definitely a heavier pencil though, thicker too -- which leads me to
my one real qualm with it. Because of its weight, I feel that I end up applying
a lot more pressure when I write with this pencil, causing me to end up laying
down a thicker line. I have really small handwriting, and so this isn't the
greatest thing for me, but at the same time, I do enjoy writing with this pencil
a lot. If you don't have super tiny handwriting, this is definitely a good
pencil to pick up!
It works, it's never broken on me, so I don't feel justified in giving it less
than a mediocre rating, but at the same time, I do dislike this pencil. I hardly
ever write with it, compared to my alpha-gel shaker pencils or my kuru togas.
It's mechanism feels cheap (and is cheap) as well as the plastic grip just seems
kind of low quality. Like it might start degrading or something.
As someone mentioned previously, the eraser is actually super easy to lose. I
lost mine for about a week once, it was kind of funny.
The other thing is, it's a fairly thick pencil, and I have really small
handwriting, so that kind of makes things difficult for me.
If you want my opinion, go get an orange AirBlanc. They're beautiful pencils,
and the 0.3 lead size is amazing. They're also >$5 and feel like much better
I found this pen and the ink that came with it of very high quality.
The body of the pen is very sleek, overall great aesthetics in my opinion.
Definitely a plus.
The ink dries quickly, is waterproof and smudge-proof, which is great for any
kind of watercolor sketches or any kind of art. The 01 nib is pretty smooth
(although it does catch on the page rarely (albeit very rarely) but that's
usually when I'm using it when writing and not drawing and applying a little
more pressure than I probably should).
I love the fact that the pen body has room to store an extra ink cartridge so
that you always have a spare ready. The line the pen lays down is very
consistent, flow is great! The only real complaint I have is about comfort --
the threaded grip area is not so great for holding for extended periods of time,
but that really depends on how tightly you grip your writing utensils.
Overall a great buy for as cheap as it is. I would definitely recommend it to
anybody looking for a precision nib that doesn't want to have to mess with a dip
pen or manga nibs and a holder.
In response to the other reviewer: uhhh.... did you look at the dimensions or
the description? It's a pair of scissors to go on a keychain that has all of a
.9 inch blade... what were you expecting? The smoothest gliding scissors you'd
ever purchased ever for the great price?
Anyway, on to a legitimate review:
[Preface: I'm a student, all my stationary goes towards academic purposes]
I have a Lihit Lab Teffa Pen Case (
among several other cases and I definitely love throwing these in my bag so that
I can cut a small section of a sticky note or something to paste in my notes
when I need to add some temporary detail, or just anything along those lines.
Definitely when I need to trim something in the middle of class, they're totally
awesome to have.
A star was deducted because as the other reviewer mentioned, they really aren't
the best scissors ever and they can be difficult to open sometimes, but once
you've got them open, they totally do their job. They're also a lot of fun to
have -- a girlfriend got them for me as a gift and they seem very toy-like to
have, both kinda cute and functional.
The price might be a little bit much, but I totally enjoy having them.
I could never get this pen to write smoothly -- The only reason I give it the
rating I do is because I loved the ink color that came with it! I could get it
to write for maybe two or three sentences and then it would bug out on me and
wouldn't write and I'd have to apply a ton of pressure on a blotting sheet so I
could get the ink to flow properly again. I hope I just got a dud and that I can
expect higher quality in the future from Kaweko -- my other experiences with
them have been great.
I really regret dishing out the money on this one. It's made me very sad.
My two biggest complaints are 1.) Construction and 2.) Lead-Feeding
Now don't get me wrong, I think it has a wonderful body, but it could use some
better mechanisms. What so specifically makes me cringe is the cap on this
pencil, the cap rattles ALL the time, not a very snug fit. The bottom and actual
mechanisms are all well done, except for this cap. If I'm going to dish out $45
on something I can buy for $3, I really want it to be perfect, y'know?
2.) Feeds WAY too much lead for me! I may press fairly hard, but I'm not someone
who breaks their lead in all their pencils, so I think it's telling that I
constantly break lead in this pencil.
If it were purely a question of quality, I would give this product a 5/5 star
rating. However, the cost of this lead ($3.30 for 15 sticks) makes it nearly a
quarter for every stick of lead you use. I think the prices are too high.
The quality of the lead is outstanding. This lead rarely breaks, chips, or
smears. The lead is quite noticeably darker than HB, something more in between
what I would call B and 2B. Maybe we need to call it 1.5B (hahaha). But in all
seriousness, if you're looking for a darker lead for every day writing, this
lead isn't too soft at all for practical use.
I use this lead almost every day in Kokuyo notebooks, I find it improves my
small handwriting and provides a darker line without being more difficult to
erase whatsoever or more easily smudged.
I thought I was getting a great deal for a pencil that had a retractable nib,
but no. The nib has TOO much wobble in it. The retractable nib makes no
difference to me if the nib is a piece of junk. The nib wobbles about a full
millimeter in whatever direction you aren't trying to move the pencil.
It's a nice design, but terrible mechanics. Only reason I give it more than a 1
star is because if held at gun-point, I might be able to bring myself to use it.
That, and it's better (in some regard...) than a pencil that didn't have a
retractable nib with the same amount of wobble. I'd give it a 1.5 if I could.
I posted my review for it a little while ago, and read that if you want to know
absolutely how GLORIOUS this pencil is, but after several months now, I came
back and saw a couple more reviews (and I'm considering getting another
color...not sure which yet) and one user posted "it's cheap enough so I'm not
worried about losing or breaking mine."
HOLDUP. Just cuz it's cheapo don't mean I don't love it like my heart and soul.
If I lose this, I will die. So beautiful.
Basically this is all to say that it's such a high quality pencil I feel like
I'd have lost a $10~$15 pencil if I lost it... Gladly, I will be able to replace
it if I do lose one... I love you, Jetpens. Marry me.