All business, no retractable...
April 16, 2009
All business, no retractable guide tube, no shaky shake mechanism, just meat and
potatoes. The less fancy stuff, the less that can go wrong over time. Although
the clip is not removable it is thinner and closer to the body's shaft than any
other pen/pencil I've seen so it doesn't jab into my hand when drawing and
turning the pencil around to get the exact edge I want on the lead. Tiny eraser
under the cap and I was able to drop in 10 .5mm pencil leads in the tube and use
the pencil just fine. I'm guessing it could probably handle 5 more.
The metal feels great and is very smooth. The grip part of the pencil feels good
as well with the rounded ridges allowing multiple height/grip placement of your
fingers. The tiny copper lead hardness indicator stays out of the way. Just
below it are very lightly engraved pencil lead hardness numbers that include 3H
2H H F HB 2B 3B. Unless you switch leads all the time I find this largely
pointless but decently implemented and most importantly kept out of the way near
a part of the pencil you never touch.
Upon examining the main body of the pencil originally thinking it was one piece
I noticed a faint line just above the grip. I turned the pencil and almost
crapped myself when it suddenly began to twist off. Twisting and twisting I
finally managed to separate the two pieces. The bottom piece of metal which is
the entire grip area comes off and holds the entire lead storage tube with the
eraser and metal cap on the end. The upper piece is simply an empty shell that
holds the clip. I was impressed by how much unscrewing it took to separate the
two. They really made it so when it screws back together it becomes very solid
and will remain so over time. Even more impressive was actually seeing the
thickness of the pencils metal shaft at a full 1mm thick. This was not simply a
rolled metal tube but a solid hunk of aluminum that had been milled out. I
started to lightly twist the pencils lead reservoir tube to see if it came out
as well then thought better of it and immediately screwed the pencil back
The pencil is initially cool to the touch but quickly warms in your hand. It's
about one and a half times thicker than your typical mechanical pencil tube and
smooth and cool. Like a cigarette without the bad side effects. It is also
almost 3/4in shorter than your average size mechanical pencil which again I
found to be very nice. I never clip anything to my shirt pockets but I am
guessing the reduced height would help as the pencil does not have a retractable
tip. From where the pencil would clip on a shirt it is 4 3/8in long. Also take
into account some sag in the shirt for the weight of the pencil which weighs
about 3 times as much as a solid plastic Pentel Mechanical Pencil.
As for the Platinum's weight balance it has slightly more weight towards the
My only initial reservation was what seemed to be the very long amount of space
past the grip to the tip since I like to hold my pencils as low as possible. For
that reason I was considering Lammy but they don't make a .5mm fat pencil.
However it turns out the amount of space is no more than what I was using before
so it was no big deal. In the end I love the Pro Use, it sketches absolutely
fine, my search for the perfect pencil has ended. In no way shape or form am I
curious about other pencils, I am now fully satisfied. If the Platinum Pro Use
had a sister I'd marry it and promise to never draw freakin unicorns with it.
Good weight, incredibly solid build, short, fat (I'm sorry, "voluptuous"), low
profile clip doesn't get in the way or gouge your hand like so many others. I
really can't think of anything I'd want to change on it. My former Pentel side
click mechanism pencils were good, my black Platinum Pro Use with rubber grip
was great but this lethal metal weapon is perfect. Based on that I would highly
recommend this for sketching/writing unless you store your pencils in your
pocket often. In that case I would look for a retractable tip mechanical pencil
or extend your shirt pockets!
Sorry for the long review, I like to be thorough especially for those
considering the higher cost of such a pencil.
- Rogers -
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