Okay, so I may have received a faulty pencil (or I lack the understanding to
operate it), but the pencil I received seems to advance lead only when the top
is not pressed. When I press it - which I presumed put it into 'lead-advancement
mode' - it stops lead advancement. Other than that, the pencil works well,
although I'm not super fond of the gel grip; it's a bit too soft for my tastes
(but hey, I wouldn't have known that without trying it), and feels as though
it'll rip off.
This pencil ROCKS. As a college student, having a dependable mechanical pencil
is extremely beneficial. The shaker mechanism in this pencil works very well,
although I have noticed some degradation of sensitivity over time - mind you
this is after a year and a half or so, and having to shake a little harder is
not that big of a deal. People are always amazed at the prospect of a shaker
pencil, so it's a fun conversation starter too!
No one has reviewed this ink yet, so I thought I'd give my thoughts! Please note
that I am not an expert, just an enthusiastic amateur.
+ Beautiful color, and I mean gorgeous. The purple is deep and rich, and dries
+ Affordable (are there cheaper inks? Sure, but - compared to other quality inks
- this is great).
+ Very fluid, without being runny.
+ Doesn't bleed, at least not in my experience.
+ Packaging is minimal, but that's really not a problem; the ink arrived
+ Sometimes the ink is darker than other times. This might not be the ink's
fault, and in any case it's still pretty.
+ The ink doesn't automatically fill my pens and write my words for me.
+ I'm still unable to see through walls, no matter how much of this I drink.
Long story short, I LOVE this ink. Diamine is a staple for me. Quality ink from
a respected company, and JetPens makes all purchases the simplest thing in the