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Pentel Twist-Erase III Mechanical Pencil - 0.7 mm - Red Body - PENTEL QE517B
  This pencil is one of..., November 6, 2012
This pencil is one of my more preferred pencils that I use out of my collection. Not only in this lead size but all three lead sizes (.5 , .7, .9). I usually take the .7 and .9 to work with me because the lead is more durable and when I'm in a hurry to jot something down, I don't have to worry about breaking the lead as much. The thinner .5 I usually use when I'm taking notes in my Bible or study binder because the thinner point allows for more words per inch.

As a previous poster noted, it's a "well balanced pencil", indeed it is. It's sturdy in the hand and it performs well.

I do however have a few minor "quarrels" with the design. It seems that after one of these has been used for a few months on a regular basis, the grip seems to loosen from the barrell and kinda binds up; sliding out of the desired area for the grip. My .5 was bad for this, so I actually took a bit of superglue and glued the top of the grip to the barrel. It kept it from sliding, but it still feels loose.

Another thing I find irritating is that the top eraser assembly slides off the pencil way too easy, especially on a well used one. It always tries to come apart when I pull it from my shirt pocket or from my pants pocket. Some sort of "click-lock" in the design would keep this from happening unintentionally.

But despite this, I still enjoy using these pencils. I recommend adding them to your collection.
Pentel EnerGel X Needle-Point Retractable Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Black - PENTEL BLN105-A
  An excellent pen for..., September 27, 2012
An excellent pen for the cost. The needle tip is very precise and is pretty durable. The ink, I believe, is as wet and vivid as the Pilot g-2. I believe it is the same refill as the more costlier Energel needle tips, so you can save your money and still get the same writing experience. The body of the pen is opaque black which hides dirt and grime (a dirty pen is something I can't hardly use) and the clip is sturdy to prevent the pen from escaping from your shirt pocket; a solid good design for such an economical pen.

Pentel is fast becoming my new favorite in both pen and pencil stationary products.
Uni-ball Signo 207 Premier Retractable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Silver Body - Black Ink - SANFORD 40108
  It's a good looking pen..., September 27, 2012
It's a good looking pen that writes well of course; I've come to expect this from every uni-ball product. A big negative for me with this pen is the grip - it gets super nasty, super easy. I work in a area where office/paperwork is the majority of my job. But there are times that I must be in the field or working some manual labor from time to time. If my hands are the least bit greasy or dirty - the grip is instantly nasty which is something that I can't stand. Plus, I think the grip is a little too soft for my pleasure.

Proof that this pen is not for everyone.
Zebra Sarasa Retractable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Mahogany - ZEBRA 46930
  This color is amazing...., August 20, 2012
This color is amazing. Not quite brown, not quite red. Excellent change from the ol' blue or black. The ink is wetter than the Uni-ball ink (which I like) and is super-smooth!
Zebra Surari Emulsion Ink Pen - 1.0 mm - Black Ink - ZEBRA BNB11-BK
  I have the American version..., July 17, 2012
I have the American version of this pen, the ZmulsionEX, sold at Staples. It's the exact same refill, just a different styling on the barrel. This pen writes as well, if not better than the Uni Jetstream. The ink is pitch black and is as smooth as silk.
Staedtler Pigment Liners Marker Pen - 0.1 mm - Black - STAEDTLER 308 01-9 02
  Has a sharp tip that..., June 3, 2012
Has a sharp tip that is resistant to fraying. Ink is free-flowing. Excellent for precise drawing and shading. Never had a problem with Staedtler products; they've always preformed as expected and then some.
Pilot Acroball Ballpoint Pen - 0.5 mm - Black Body - Black Ink - PILOT BAB-15EF-BB
  While the ink consistency..., November 12, 2011
While the ink consistency and smoothness is better than the average ballpoint, it doesn't surpass the Jetstream. In my personal opinion, it writes about like a Dr. Grip Center of Gravity; smooth but has little inconsistencies in the lines. Not bad though for $2.50.
Rotring 300 Drafting Pencil - 0.3 mm - Black Body
 - ROTRING 502303
  Good looking pencil,..., November 10, 2011
Good looking pencil, the red on black is very profound. A little disappointed with the "slop" in the mechanisms at the top of between the eraser and the outer barrel; but I can't expect too much for the low price. I guess I'm just used to the Rotring 600.

Good for an everyday carry, I don't like to carry my 600 everywhere I go for the risk of losing or breaking it.

All in all a good choice for someone who doesn't want to spend $30+ on a 600.
Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain Pencil Lead - 0.3 mm - HB - PENTEL C253-HB
  Very good lead, quite..., November 10, 2011
Very good lead, quite strong.
Zebra Arbez Piirto Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black - ZEBRA MA66-BK
  Don't expect much here...., November 10, 2011
Don't expect much here. A basic - we'll call it "economical" pencil is all you'll get. There is no clip nor an eraser, just a orange cap. The advance mechanism pushes out way too much lead per click and so you waste a lot of lead.

There is a plus however, the triangle barrel is easy and comfortable to hold.

A good candidate to pass the $25 free shipping barrier nonetheless.
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