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.
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!
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)
This pencil works splendidly. The reason I give it a 3 out of 5, though, is
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!
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