Color is pleasant, green side of turquoise or an understated teal (photo is a
bit duller than in the hand). Quality is a bit off, though, compared to older
Jotters. This one's made in France, while another I bought several years ago
was made in the U.K.. Metal hardware has more coarsely rolled edges, the
clicker button has a noticeable stepped taper, and the small, lipped metal
sleeve surrounding it is thicker and not as flush as on the older one. There
are several differences in markings, as well, which are overall fainter and of
inconsistent clarity in this one. The arrow stamping on the clip is slightly
misaligned. Comparing the clicker action reveals no difference in spring or
precision, though the newer one has a more hollow, metallic scraping note than
the older one, which could simply be due to wear inside the mechanism. The one
I received has a deep, 1cm scratch in the metal upper body next to the clip,
near the button.
Nicely finished, minimal swirling in the sparkly blue plastic, and thicker
around the middle than it seems in photos. It's fairly equivalent to the Pilot
S3 in overall proportions, finish, and smoothness of operation, though more
comfortable through the grip area. I appreciate the clean, slim spring clip,
with no bulky tip to interfere with closing a hardbound sketchbook. It's a
decent pencil, I'd say, but not quite as solid or precise as a Pentel P205 or a
Zebra Drafix. The advance mechanism is a brass 3-jaw clutch, and the magazine
tube is plastic. The lead grade indicator stays firmly in place, though the end
cap seems ever so slightly too loose, much like the Pilot S3.
Utterly delightful little sketching tool! Ergonomics are always subjective, but
the stubbiness puts the cap right in the web of my thumb, while the taper begins
right where it should to anchor gently against the spring of flesh. I carry a
couple of cheap twist-style lead pointers I bought at a local college bookstore
drafting supply section to keep it sharp, but any non-rotary pointer should
work. This is a decently chunky pencil, very solid-feeling (all metal, inside
and out), though surprisingly lightweight. This is instantly a classic pocket
The PG5 is the real deal. It's the sort of no-nonsense drafting tool that would
have been used to design the Viking Mars landers or the Voyager space probes.
The advance mechanism and nosepiece are identical to the p205, but everything
from there up is distinctly higher-grade and arguably worth the premium. The
magazine tube is metal, about 3mm in diameter, and is securely stabilized on the
top end by a snug, threaded plastic collar, to which is threaded the machined
aluminum top piece, which retains the advance button with its long cleaning
wire. No eraser, but come on, have some self respect and carry a quality click
or block eraser. This is more Sharp Kerry grade than P205, though they all use
essentially similar (and quite deservedly praised) mechanisms. The
vintage-pencil nerd in me adores the old-fashioned "GRAPH PENCIL" stamped into
the side of the barrel. The PG5 is well worth the price, and probably the best
Pentel available from this retailer.
Well made and pretty much just what you're looking at, though the finish is very
slightly sort of pearlescent, in a Tyvek-envelope sort of way. It's also not
quite as tiny as one might expect, at least, until you try to put more than a
couple of writing instruments in. It's completely stuffed at three Copic sketch
markers, or five Pilot Hi-Tec-C pens. Of course, tinyness is why I got it, so I
don't carry a giant arsenal around, but there's a bit more bulk than I'd
expected. If you're interested in standing it on end, it's not particularly
stable, owing to its size and accordant relative increase in effects of
irregularities in the base.
This pencil would fit right in at a certain affordable Swedish housewares
It's cheap and pretty, and that's about it. The clutch is 2-jaw plastic,
similar to any other cheap bulk mechanical pencil. One click feeds 1mm at a
time, which means one click is just too short, and two clicks out, you'll be
breaking lead frequently. There's some squeaky play at the joint across the
middle of the barrel, which is deceptively chunky, and pleasant to hold
Lend this pencil without fear; it is cute and disposable.
Absolutely superb, flawless points from this sharpener. The wood ends up so
silky smooth you'd swear it was sanded. This looks small in photos, but it's
actually fairly bulky (the cylindrical top portion has about the same
proportions as a typical coffee mug) so this is for the desktop only. It makes
me sad to have to leave it at home when I go out to draw, and I've never seen a
portable twist sharpener that yields this nice a point. Red is the way to go
here, as it's really quite striking.
I've had mine for about eight months now, and it seems to have settled for a
consistently fat line, no matter what ink I have in it (using the converter. All
parts seem well made, and the pen is comfortable to hold, though with the cap
posted it seems rather ludicrously long, and even a bit top-heavy. I usually
just clip the cap to my pocket or onto the rings of my sketchbook. Filling and
cleaning are easy and uneventful. I honestly have no idea where they get off
calling this "extra fine", because it would be at least a medium, or even broad,
for my purposes. Others have had different experiences, though, so perhaps there
is some inconsistency.
A truly fine line! This is a spectacular nib for drawing, loaded with a Sailor
Nano ink cartridge. Runs tiny circles around my Lamy Vista EF...
The only faults I can find are that the pen feels fairly cheap overall for the
price (seems more like it should be about $8-10, really), with slightly
misaligned cosmetic trim on the cap that doesn't seem to affect performance or
comfort in any way. The grip area can become slippery if your hand environment
is on the moist side, but as the pen is so light, it's not likely to tumble out
of your grip. Lastly, the red plastic is fairly dull compared to the photo, like
Evil-Superman's cape in Superman III.
A little pricey at first, but the twinge evaporates the more you play with that
I need to amend part of my review:
This does not appear to use the same mechanism as the Smash and Graph 1000, but
it is rather essentially identical, save for cap, grip, and nosepiece, to the
Graphgear 500. This one's the looker, but I think the Graphgear 500 is more
comfortable to use, with its rounded edges and grippy knurling, as opposed to
the square-profile step-downs to the sleeve on this model.