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December 7, 2014
The colour is identical...
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The colour is identical to Prismacolor's Scarlet Red for those who need an exact reference.

Purchased this mainly for the erasable aspect. While it does erase, you need to use a considerable amount of pressure, regardless of how lightly you write / sketch. Even then, it is not perfect and will leave ghosting. That being said, for get using kneaded erasers. You'll have to use some sort of vinyl or rubber.

The lead is soft and will look much grainier than your typical pencil crayon.

The body is thicker than your standard #2, but is very light and writes well.

Overall, a comfortable and smooth pencil. Just make sure you're buying it for the right purpose.

 
December 7, 2014
Purchased this mainly...
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Purchased this mainly for the erasable aspect. While it does erase, you need to use a considerable amount of pressure, regardless of how lightly you write / sketch. Even then, it is not perfect and will leave ghosting. That being said, for get using kneaded erasers. You'll have to use some sort of vinyl or rubber.

The lead is soft and will look much grainier than your typical pencil crayon.

The body is thicker than your standard #2, but is very light and writes well.

Overall, a comfortable and smooth pencil with a nice shade of navy blue. Just make sure you're buying it for the right purpose.

 
December 7, 2014
If you're someone who...
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If you're someone who holds their pencil very close to the tip, this pencil may not be for you.

As advertised, there's a distinctive weight difference as the body is a light (but sturdy) plastic while the grip is metal. The low center of gravity is not bad, but those with a definite preference for lighter tools should take note. You potentially will have to change the way you write / draw in order to take advantage of this feature. Otherwise, fatigue will be inevitable as your muscles will try to make up for the unbalanced weight.

That being said, one of the most notable aspects of this pencil is the length of the knurled grip. It's about 1/4 inch longer than any other pencil I know of and it feels great. I wish all pencils had this length.

The unique retractable mechanism feels study and tight. Not sure if that might change with heavy usage, but for now, it works well. There are instructions on the side and it takes three different actions to lock and unlock the pencil. This pattern takes some getting used it.

Overall, a very sleek and solid tool. Would definitely recommend it for those who like retractable pencils.

 
January 10, 2013
I initially bought this...
I initially bought this in Kyoto when I found myself strapped for a pen, but needed something small for easy carry in my breast pocket. It has a considerable amount of weight to it for its size, which makes it feel sturdy. Ink flows out smoothly with minimal to no blotting.

But be weary about its sizeā€”this pen is very slim. Almost to the point where it might feel /too/ small. So if a larger pen body is your preference, this may not be comfortable for you. Otherwise, it's a great product.

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October 10, 2012
I won't go into much...
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I won't go into much detail since todavecave has done a good job at explaining how it works.
All I will add is that if you're using any kind of paper with tooth, anything higher than a 2B pencil with moderate pressure will leave a grey ghost. Otherwise, this is a great eraser.

 
July 29, 2012
On my ongoing search...
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On my ongoing search for the perfect ball point pen to illustrate and ink with, I tried the Zebra Surari. Being a huge Zebra fan, I was really hoping this one would pull through, but for my purposes, it didn't.

Pros:
- nice grip
- creates a think, but dark line
- light weight (could be a con depending on preference. I like lighter bodies)

Cons:
- blots very quickly if writing on an angle; thus creating varied line widths.
- will sometime drag ink threads

The blotting is a huge con. The only way to prevent a blotting tip from happening is if you always write at a perfect 90 degree angle to your surface. Even then, ink threads can appear at any time if you don't clean the tip at varied intervals.

In the end, this is a perfect pen for simple note taking... but so is any other fine tip pen you can purchase locally. Not worth the shipping costs you need to shell out to get this pen online.

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September 17, 2011
This is a decent mech...
This is a decent mech pencil, but it wasn't as great as I thought it would be. The lead rotates every time you lift the pencil, but it requires a certain amount of pressure in order to activate the spring inside. I usually write and sketch lightly, so most of the time I don't use enough pressure for the pencil to work the way it should. If the sensitivity was higher, it would be great, unfortunately it's not.

Again, I'm giving this 2 stars because while it's an OK product, it doesn't work the way it should. If you're a person who presses hard a lot, then it's fine for you. But for someone who wants to sketch with it or naturally doesn't write hard, it's not going to be anything special.

In other words, if you're buying internationally, this product is not worth the money when you add the shipping costs.

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July 16, 2010
Awesome, awesome pencil...
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Awesome, awesome pencil case. Colour is slightly darker than on screen, but it looks better in person. Base is very sturdy and doesn't tip over at all. The height can holy full length pencils which is something I was initially worried about.

Testing the storage capabilities, I was able to fit either:
- 17 Sakura inking pens (25 if open)
- 9 Copic markers (13 if open)

It's a fairly tight squeeze if you want to add an eraser at the bottom, but definitely a small detail that can be overlooked.

I'm 100% satisfied with this product.

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July 16, 2010
Sleek and stylish, but...
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Sleek and stylish, but not very functionable. As the other reviews have stated, it stops after only a bit of pressure. This isn't effective for drawing at all, even if you want to get the fine details. The erasures also stick on the page and you really need to wipe it off as opposed to just blowing or lightly dusting.

If you're going to spend money on an electric eraser, I suggest the Sakura Electric SE2000 (which I also own). It's about 3 times the price and uses AAA batteries which I don't like, but it definitely gets the job done.
I wish I could have said the same for the Hinodewashi.

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