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Reviews Written by derekverbrugge

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Koh-I-Noor Toison D'or Graphite Wooden Pencil - 3H - Pack of 12 - KOH-I-NOOR FA1900.3H
  The lead in these is..., January 26, 2013
The lead in these is fantastic and hasn't broken on me yet. These pencils write very smoothly, but I wouldn't describe them as being waxy or too soft. They, in fact, don't write too dark or light for the grade that they are. They don't smudge much, and they erase well. The wood sharpens perfectly and easily. The pencils have good thick smooth paint making them a pleasure to hold, and they are black so they don't pick up pencil dust and never look old and dirty. The gold letters are thickly and clearly printed. While I like the simple thick printing, it is slightly less precise when compared to my Faber Castell 9000s which have somewhat more intricate designs on them.
Zebra Drafix Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - ZEBRA DM5-300
  This is a great pencil!..., January 26, 2013
This is a great pencil! The mechanism is metal. The plastic ringed grip is nearly as comfortable as the pentel PG5, and the lead indicator stays where it should. The clip is conveniently thicker than I expected and is very tight. Unfortunately, should you remove the clip there is nothing that will prevent the pencil from rolling. The cap has a satisfying click when I place it on the pencil that I haven't experienced before and happen to like. The diameter of the cap and the fact that it's plastic make it a bit boring to press, but the precision and satisfying click with which the lead comes out makes up for it. The lead reservoir is a bit free to wobble, but it hasn't made any rattles so far and I don't think it ever will so I'm not to concerned.
Pentel PG5 Slim Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - PENTEL PG5-AD
  This is the best .5 pencil..., January 26, 2013
This is the best .5 pencil I know of. The tail piece can be conveniently tightened to lock the lead indicator in place, and Pentel didn't bother to waste my time with a cruddy little eraser that I would inevitably have to replace. I never make mistakes anyway so why should I ever have to erase... The thin plastic click button looked like it would have been unpleasant to use because of it's small size, but I found it slightly more entertaining to click than some other thicker metal push buttons. Unlike the P205, the pencil doesn't have a molded place to slide the clip into; therefore, the pencil doesn't look funny without it's tightly fitted clip if you like to keep the pencil on your desk. Sadly, without the clip, the pencil will roll slightly more than a six sided pencil because it has more sides. The tip holds the lead firmly and precisely. The plastic ringed grip is the most comfortable plastic grip I have yet to find. I would like to note that the Zebra Drafix pencil in .5, which has a similarly comfy ringed plastic grip that is slightly thicker in diameter, would be better for people with larger hands, people looking to save $8, or people who desire an eraser and don't mind the thick plastic cap.
Ohto Graphic Liner Needle Point Drawing Pen - Pigment Ink - Set of 6 - OHTO CFR-150GL/6P
  These are wonderful pens...., January 26, 2013
These are wonderful pens. I tried them on some cheap notebook paper and didn't experience any feathering or skipping with any size pen point. They are also surprisingly smooth and more pleasant to write with than some pilot roller ball pens I've used in the past. They are wonderful for sketching, technical drawings, and even taking notes in some of my classes.
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