Very nice heft to this pen. The color, described as Royal Blue, is closer to
Royal Purple, but is a deep color and very beautiful. The rollerball refill that
came with the pen had burst during shipping, requiring copious amounts of
Everclear and q-tips to clean out. In spite of the leakage, and the misnamed
color, I love this pen.
This is almost a hard shell case, which is good in that its contents are well
protected, and not so good in that it doesn't open very far. I'm finding that I
prefer the Transformer case as you can peel the top down like a banana for
easier access. The blue is a gorgeous color; looks just like its picture.
I bought a set of these 20+ years ago, they still look very nice, and they work
well. The only ones I have left are three gray 0.7, a white 0.5, and a 0.5 in
stealth black with red lettering. I'd love to get my mitts on a 0.3 and 0.9
again. There are certainly better pencils out today, nothing really special
about these, just a solid pencil at a good price.
Like the rest of the Rapid Pro line, this pen is solid and well made. The silver
finish is drop-dead gorgeous. The ink flow is only adequate, however, so I'll be
trying other refills in it when time allows. Fabulous pen.
Fabulous pencil, one of my favorites. I've been accumulating technical pencils
for several years, and this one shot right to the top. It oozes quality, and the
silver finish is simply gorgeous. Solid, good heft, retractable point, reliable
mechanism, the Rapid Pro has it all. Better than the 600, far better than the
awful 800. But if this pencil isn't for you, go have a look at the Platinum Pro
Use I and II, my other favorites.
The pen body is just like the rest of the Rapid Pro set, stunning to look at and
solid. The ink is only adequate, and I'll be looking to try different refills in
it when I have the time. The one thing that I find annoying is they finished the
knock button with the same textured finish as the rest of the pen, which causes
a mild grating sound whenever I click the button. As a result, I find myself
reaching for the silver one instead, which is very smooth.
First - The package contains only 15 pieces. For the same price, you get 40
pieces in a container of 0.5 mm lead. Interesting discrepancy.
From previous experience, 0.3 mm leads were just too fragile to be of any use.
Even 0.5 was a little too delicate for my hand. Today's lead technology has
produced some amazing leads, both super smooth and not fragile. Note: In my test
I did not try to break the lead; rather, I wrote with it. And it writes very
nicely. And it didn't break. This lead now has a regular place on my shopping
Best pencil ever. The hole in the cap actually serves a purpose, at least in my
pencil cup. The hole in the 0.5 and 0.7 pencil caps show the erasers, indicating
these are pencils. The 2mm lead holder cap has a lead pointer in it. The 1mm
ball point pen has a cap with no hole.
The black is cool. The silver is GORGEOUS. Get 'em both.