I purchased this binder at a local Japanese bookstore last year and have no
regrets. The cover is made of a relatively thick and rigid board material and
the fabric covering and metal corners only add to the binder's overall quality
and durability. The inner binder ring mechanism works flawlessly and seems
designed to withstand repetitive operation.
I sent in a product request and I'm glad JetPens has finally stocked this
particular line of A5 loose leaf binders and papers since I've completely
switched over to various loose-leaf papers in general. I prefer the portability
and readability of the smaller A5 paper size (5.8" x 8.3" in.) and compared to
the B5 paper size (6.9" x 9.8") I have less wasted space. In addition, the
distinctly smooth surface of the Kokuyo-Campus paper is a pleasure to write on.
My FAVORITE mechanical pencil lead! I bought some of these refill leads at a
Japanese bookstore once, and they quickly became my favorite. I just saw the
JetPens newsletter and I'm SO glad JetPens now stocks them!
I usually replace the leads that come with my mechanical pencils with these
superior Hi-Density leads by Mitsubishi. These HB leads to write very
smoothly...I do a lot of drawings on recycled sketch pads, and other HB leads
have a tendency to "scratch" and tear the paper. And another plus is that they
are less prone to breaking. I highly recommend trying these if you want a
excellent quality everyday-use lead! The best 0.3 leads available!
I like Tombow products, but I think this eraser goes too fast. I agree with the
other reviewer...get the Paper Mate "Tuff Stuff" Eraser Stick instead. Tombow
has the advantage of being thinner but the Tuff Stick on the other hand is firm
and lasts a VERY long time and can still eraser fine detail.
This is my favorite colored pencil lead...I must have gone through 3 containers
already. It's also called "Mint Blue" and is bluish-green in color and very
relaxing to the eyes. It's rather soft and breaks easily so use less pressure.
I was drawn to the Ohto Body Knock design concept because as much as I love
mechanical pencils I hate having to click the end of the pencil to advance the
lead. I usually use mechanical pencils with a thumb lead advance button, but
this looked like a more sophisticated design. When I received the Ohto Body
Knock, it definitely has a very attractive look to it and a nice weight which
feels like a quality made pencil.
However, I'm VERY disappointed with it's performance, and I agree with the
points made by the previous reviewer. I thought advancing the lead would be near
effortless, but instead you need to have a secure grip of the upper and lower
rubber grip sections which is difficult to achieve. I believe they should have
designed the pencil with more pronounced sections for the fingers to have
something to "hook" onto.
But most disappointing is that in use, it's quite a hassle to even get the lead
to advance! Sometimes the lead will only advance if I hold the pencil rotated a
specific way. Also, now and then, the pencil will get stuck (parts won't move)
in mid-use and I'll have to stop what I'm doing to fix the problem. It's as if
the inner parts have gone rusty. The pencil is really not what I expected to be,
and it actually caused me more frustration than anything else.
Maybe I got a bad apple but overall I don't recommend getting this pencil!