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I really like this pencil,...
January 15, 2014
I really like this pencil, and it is a brilliant idea, the lead rotation. It works extremely well, Uni knew what they were talking about when they designed the mechanism. It's comfortable to use and just all around works really well with my school work. It's light, so my hand doesn't get tired at all. But, I have to give it an honest 4/5 for the following reasons.

1. The cap fits very shallow and loosely in the top of the pencil. It can be knocked out of the top if it gets caught on something. If you lose the cap (which is ridiculously easy) then good luck finding it.

2. Also, if you end up losing the cap, then it's only a matter of time before your flipping-the-pencil-around-to-use-the-eraser-on-the-end-because-it-is-faster habit wears down the eraser to the point where you can't use the eraser anymore or advance the lead easily.

3. Once again, in true Japanese tradition, Uni has given this pencil the Smallest Eraser In The World. Just like every Japanese stationery company does with every pencil they make (except Pentel's cheap ones.) The eraser will last me a week, tops, before I have to switch back to the ironically huge block eraser that Japan also makes. Luckily with this pencil, Uni does give you an extra 2 erasers, but that doesn't help much.

4. The clip is not sturdy. If you're like me and you like to pay with your clip, you like to have a nice metal clip that doesn't break and will take years of bending, playing and clipping to your lip before showing any signs of damage. You also remember the fates of all those second-hand Bic pencils you used in the past. This plastic clip is only pressure-fitted into the top of the pencil and will snap very easily. You have to be gentle with it.

All in all, a great pencil, but I would go for a nicer model. Actually, rather than that, I would just stick with my Pipe Shifts and Graphgears because to be honest there are tons of pencils other than this without the rotating mechanism that don't break the lead and are nicer to write with.
This is the greatest...
January 14, 2014
This is the greatest pencil case ever. EVER. I had this for about a year, until somebody nicked it. I took it everywhere I went, even when I didn't really need it, just in case. I wear Craghoppers cargo trousers, whose thigh pockets are known for being gigantic. That is where my old pencil case resided, day in, day out. If I didn't have this in my pocket at any time, I panicked. I was so accustomed to this case that pulling it out of my pocket, unzipping it, grabbing a pencil, zipping it back up and putting it on my desk/lap/back in my pocket was quicker and more fluid than having a lone pencil in my pocket and getting that out. I used this thing so much that you could probably call it abuse, but it never broke, never tore, never wore out, even when carrying more pencils than it was designed to and things that the pockets weren't really intended to hold. People *notice* when you whip this out to grab a writing utensil from it. If someone asked for a pencil, my pencil case would be out, unzipped and a pencil would be in the person's hand before they could react. Seriously, you get props for having this on your person. I got a couple of "wow"s from people when I had it.

The case is sturdy, the insides are indestructible and the main compartment is quicker to open/close than the boot of a car. That's a big surprise, because it is completely minimalistic as well. It's not waterproof, it has no padding whatsoever, the seams are minimally reinforced and the compartments don't stretch at all. Yet it protected all my stationery from all the other stuff in my pocket and nothing came close to touching what was inside. Such a shame, too. All my good utensils and art gear were in this pencil case, and I would do anything to get it back, but I can't. This is by far and away my favourite pencil case, and as soon as I can manage $13 this is gonna be the first thing I buy from JetPens. Outstanding piece of work by Nomadic. And you laugh when you see the tag as well.
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Before I get into the...
January 14, 2014
Before I get into the one >>titchy qualm I have about it, let me assure you that I think this is a fantastic pencil. It has a brilliant grip, excellent balance and the most satisfying nib retract mechanism I have ever heard. Disassembling it takes ten seconds and reassembling it takes ten seconds as well. The parts fit so tightly together and the all-metal casing feels so solid that I don't think this pencil will be breaking anytime soon. Unlike Uni's drafting pencils (which are also wonderful) the clip is indestructible. Pentel knew what they were doing when they made that clip. I use it ever day and I would certainly buy it again. But, there is one thing I am a >>tiny bit concerned about.

I am a pencil lead hoarder. It's a bit of an unconscious habit of mine, but whenever anyone in my family buys new pencils for whatever reason, they always get the kind that have an entire extra case of lead. They use the pencil and then once they're done with the lead in the pencil, either it gets lost and they buy another or they manage to find another piece of lead. In the end, though, I always end up with the pencil lead case. so far, I'd guess that I've accumulated about 75-150 pieces of standard 0.5mm lead, and it's still accumulating. I now have an entire section of my drawer dedicated to just pencil lead. The reason I'm bantering like this is that the 0.4mm lead used in this model of the Gg1000 is the furthest from standard of any lead. No-one uses it, ever. I am the only one I know who has a 0.4mm pencil. Thankfully, I have a case of 30 pieces of 0.4mm lead, and I know that if I run out, I could just buy some more from here, but that is kind of a hassle compared to just opening my drawer and finding plenty of lead there that I can just grab.

It's not a criticism of the pencil. I love the pencil. I think the pencil is one of the nicest I've ever used. But I do regret buying the 0.4mm on the spot because Kinokuniya didn't have any 0.5mm models like the fool that I am. In my opinion, if you were thinking about getting this pencil, unless you have a specific reason for using 0.4mm lead (There's nothing wrong with it, it's just not standard.) then I would say go standard. Get the 0.5mm one. Save yourself some time and shipping costs.

That's my rant for the week done. If you read through that entire thing without wanting to punch me in the face for dragging it on so long, then you are a champion and you deserve a gold star.
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Excellent pencil. I have...
July 16, 2013
Excellent pencil. I have never broken a single lead with this sucker. the mechanism is nice, and it actually does what it says on the packet. Only in Japan would they think of a lead breaking because of the tip. genius. the only problem I have is the eraser cap. I lost it, like a lot of us do, and I cannot get the mechanism down now. That's more my fault than the fault of the manufacturer, though.
As long as Uni stuck...
July 16, 2013
As long as Uni stuck to its old model of these, the Uni, then I would rate this as one of the best pencils I have ever used. these pencils never scratch. EVER.
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I gotta say, pretty flipping...
July 16, 2013
I gotta say, pretty flipping good eraser. It is non-abrasive, but it's not as smooth and smeary as Staedtler's Mars erasers. I'm a manga artist and I swear by using smooth Bristol board as my drawing medium because it's thick and durable. the problem with Staedtler Mars is that while it works wonders on normal copy paper and notebooks (which are slightly rough) the bristol is too smooth so the graphite gets smeared on the page. This eraser, however, is just grippy enough to get every last bit of graphite out of the paper while causing no damage to it. I had mine for almost a year, I think and it was great, but the problem I had with it was that it eventually disintegrated, and the large parts I held onto absorbed every bit of dye and graphite that laid around. because this eraser is designed to break down when it absorbs something, this made the eraser even more crumbly and brittle, and it erased less and less. I threw it away because it eventually got to the point where it created more problems than it erased. Don't get me wrong. I think this is a great eraser, a fantastic eraser, one of if not the best I have ever used, but I have to give it a four because it is fragile.
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