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Kaweco Ice Sport Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Pink Body
 - KAWECO 10000575
  I *love* this pen! It's..., February 1, 2012
I *love* this pen! It's never scratchy, has great ink flow, and is a delightfully bright color of pink. It took me a little while to get used to how short it is when posted, but the compact size makes it so much easier to stash in a pocket (I keep mine in the little MP3 player pocket on my backpack for quick and easy access). The pen writes to a standard that I've come to expect from much more expensive pens, and yet I don't have to worry if it accidentally walks off with one of my students, because it's so affordable, though I certainly will be keeping a close eye on it, as it's now my favorite writing utensil. I will be buying more in a variety of different colors so I can keep one at home, one at work, one in my purse, and one in my backpack at all times.
Kokuyo KadoKeshi Stick Mini Twist Eraser - Lime Green - KOKUYO KESHI-HU600LG
  So, I will admit that..., March 16, 2010
So, I will admit that this eraser isn't as nice as a good hi-polymer eraser, as noted by the previous reviewer, it is still a fantastic product. I purchased it specifically so that I could use it to erase the itty-bitty grade boxes in my gradebook for when students' grades change, and it does this wonderfully! Having so many little corners really helps me get into tight spaces without erasing a whole chunk of students' grades. I would definitely recommend to anybody who needs a good tight-corners eraser!
Morning Glory Mach II Liquid Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Violet - MORNING GLORY MACH V
  I have a new favorite..., March 10, 2010
I have a new favorite grading pen! Previously, I had been using pilot precise V5 X Fines, but this is even better for getting into tight corners when students neglect to double-space essays. It's also great for taking notes--I used this at the conference I just attended. Though I tend to be a fast scribbler, the pen never caught on the paper and never smeared! (granted, I was using Clairefontaine paper, but it writes very nicely on standard copy paper and cheap loose leaf paper, also)
Pentel Quick Dock Sharp Pencil Set - 0.5 mm Violet Purple Pencil + Blue & Yellow Lead Cassettes - PENTEL XQD5V-GS
  This pencil works splendidly...., March 9, 2010
This pencil works splendidly. The reason I give it a 3 out of 5, though, is because:

1. it's a pain to have to buy the lead cassettes (it comes with 2 cassettes and I bought 1 extra and after having used it at school one day, it disappeared with one of my students, so I had to buy a new one in order to use those two cassettes that I still had) and

2. The eraser is a pain to use, as you must twist off the cap (being careful not to lose it, as it is important for loading new cassettes), and once you do get to it it's very small.

On the plus side for this pencil, I really enjoyed not having to worry about juggling the leads--I'm one of those people who typically breaks as many pieces of lead as I salvage when I'm refilling a pencil. The eraser is also very high quality, despite being very small. Finally, it's just so much fun to have a pencil that you can change the appearance of by changing the lead cassette.

All in all, maybe impractical, but definitely fun!
Pilot Presso Side Knock Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Yellow Body - PILOT HPRS-20R-Y
  Yay! I got the very last..., March 3, 2010
Yay! I got the very last one!

I have to say, this pencil is spectacular. It's got a really nice, smooth advancing action and the grip is very nice in my hand. I also really like the fact that the body of the pencil is made of a matte-finish plastic rather than super-shiny plastic, like most pens and pencils. It just lends it a different texture that is really nice.

I primarily use pencils to enter my students' grades into my grade book, so I can't tell you how comfortable it would be to write with for long periods of time, but for my purposes it works wonderfully. I also love this color--it's so bright that it just makes me happy to pick it up, and the likelihood that one of my students is going to be able to walk off with it without my noticing is slim to none.
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