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Kokuyo Will Stationery Actic Pencil Case - Black - KOKUYO F-WBF115D
  I buy several mechanical..., October 26, 2012
I buy several mechanical pencils every year, and have trouble parting with any of them. As a result, my collection has grown to a point where even the ones that I like to use don't fit in my pencil case. This led me to this product.

In general I like the design, and I may buy the smaller one as well so that I can sort my pencils by manufacturer and have a color-coded set of pencil cases. This particular case is currently holding 9 pencils and there is significant room to spare. It does stand up on a desk as shown, and this can be convenient when your large desk is as cluttered as mine is.

Based on prior reviews and my own experience with this case, it seems like the zipper can be a problem. If the case is to open all the way, and form a stable base, then on mine (as is the case in the review written by Lil) when you fully open this, there is a strong tendency for the zipper to get stuck, and this is annoying. I tend to open the case once or twice a day, and so for me, this is a small annoyance. For a student moving from classroom to classroom to library to cafe to... this could be a more significant annoyance. I don't know whether it is a common feature and some just don't open the case fully, or whether it is a common flaw on a fraction of these pencil cases.

All in all I like it, and would buy it again. If the zipper issue were fixed, I would give it the full five stars, but with this problem, four stars.
Pentel Graph 1000 for Pro Drafting Pencil - 0.4 mm - PENTEL PG1004
  As a result of hand problems..., February 22, 2012
As a result of hand problems that were caused by excessive computer use many years ago, I went through several months of hand therapy, and discovered along the way how nice it was to actually write again rather than merely pound a keyboard. I started buying mechanical pencils, and own over 30, with perhaps 20 getting continued use, and a dozen sharing the most frequent use. This pencil is one of those 12.

I previously bought the 0.5 mm version of this pencil, and liked the quality and balance. However, because I do so much work with fine detail (equations with subscripts on subscripts) I liked the idea of a finer lead. I have several pencils that are either 0.3 or 0.35 mm lead, including a Rotring Trio and a Faber Castell that the name has been worn off of. I also bought the 0.3 mm version of this pencil since I read somewhere that they were discontinuing this model; I hope this is not true. This pencil seems to provide a near optimum combination of fineness and lead strength, and I enjoy the finer line and am not forever breaking leads. I like to change pencils frequently to avoid hand fatigue, but I do like this one a great deal.

I will say that I have found that certain deskpads are superior when working with finer lead mechanical pencils. For those who absolutely need to use an 0.3 mm pencil, but are frustrated with the frequency of lead failures, you may just wish to explore a deskpad. I have one that I bought from Levenger many years ago, and although quite expensive, it provides a wonderful writing surface, and there is a noticeable decrease in the frequency of lead breakage when using fine lead pencils. It seems to have just the right amount of give.
Kokuyo KadoKeshi Stick Mini Twist Eraser - Blue - KOKUYO KESHI-HU600B
  I am very fond of Japanese..., February 15, 2012
I am very fond of Japanese office products. Often when I visited Japan and certainly when I lived there for extended periods, I would come back to the US with a stash of new things: small staplers, notebooks, mechanical pencils, pencil cases, etc..

This twist eraser aroused my curiosity and has a number of positive features. It is compact. It erases cleanly. Refills are available. It is not absurdly expensive. I suppose if I wanted to attach it to something the strap might be useful. I make too many mistakes to want to bother attaching and detaching an eraser. Do I regret that I bought it? No. Would I buy another one? Probably not. Although it is compact, this is only because it is short. It is about as big around as a more "conventional" eraser stick. I don't find the level of control over what I erase to be as good as with a Sanford Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick. The Tuff Stuff Eraser is tapered at the tip (like a mechanical pencil) so you can actually see where the eraser is, unlike with this one where the holder/case tends to obscure where the actual eraser and the many corners are. I don't own one yet, but the Tombow Mono Zero line is what seems to come closest to the Sanford eraser. For more extensive erasing I prefer the Rotring Tikky Eraser which advances the eraser stick and at least used to be made in Japan. The Pentel Clic Eraser series has one version that has a flat metal case with a rectangular eraser that is useful for erasing ink, but might fit some pencil erasers with a similar form factor.

So, not a bad product by any means, but perhaps too much on the cute novelty side for me and not quite as well suited to my own needs as other products on the market, and other products available at this site.
Rotring 800 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body - SANFORD 1904447
  Many years ago now, I..., January 26, 2012
Many years ago now, I had hand problems as a result of overuse of a computer keyboard, and it was during the resulting period of physical therapy that I rediscovered the joys of writing with pens, pencils, and fountain pens. Since every writing instrument seems to have a different feel and grip, I bought many, and found that by switching pencils I was able to write for very long periods without having any pain. I still own most of them.

I bought three Rotring mechanical pencils. A nonretractable, that is now the 600 version, the 800 version, and a very clever one (Rotring Trio) that allowed you to select between three sizes of lead (0.35, 0.5, and 0.7 mm) and also retracts the tip. For flexibility, the Trio is my favorite. If I am using only 0.5 mm lead, which is my most frequent choice, I prefer the 800 over the 600 because of the retractable tip and the quality feel of the mechanism. The 600 version sees very little use. I have over 20 mechanical/drafting pencils!

All of the Rotrings that I have, and I also have a ballpoint pen, have held up tremendously well. They are solid and hefty, and beautifully executed. Although they are heavy compared to other brands, they do not tire my hand. I don't know if this is an issue of balance point or grip, but I can just comment that they are a joy to write with.

Over the past few years, with the poor dollar/Euro exchange, the price of Rotrings has gone up considerably. I am reasonably sure that I bought my 800 when it was under $40. We can hope for a better exchange rate. If you are on a budget, there are other pencils that are certainly enjoyable to use. If you want to indulge in something special, I would buy this pencil. The craftmanship and materials are both top-notch.
Rotring 800 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body - SANFORD 1904447
  Many years ago now, I..., January 26, 2012
Many years ago now, I had hand problems as a result of overuse of a computer keyboard, and it was during the resulting period of physical therapy that I rediscovered the joys of writing with pens, pencils, and fountain pens. Since every writing instrument seems to have a different feel and grip, I bought many, and found that by switching pencils I was able to write for very long periods without having any pain. I still own most of them.

I bought three Rotring mechanical pencils. A nonretractable, that is now the 600 version, the 800 version, and a very clever one (Rotring Trio) that allowed you to select between three sizes of lead (0.35, 0.5, and 0.7 mm) and also retracts the tip. For flexibility, the Trio is my favorite. If I am using only 0.5 mm lead, which is my most frequent choice, I prefer the 800 over the 600 because of the retractable tip and the quality feel of the mechanism. The 600 version sees very little use. I have over 20 mechanical/drafting pencils!

All of the Rotrings that I have, and I also have a ballpoint pen, have held up tremendously well. They are solid and hefty, and beautifully executed. Although they are heavy compared to other brandss, they do not tire my hand. I don't know if this is an issue of balance point or grip, but I can just comment that they are a joy to write with.

Over the past few years, with the poor dollar/Euro exchange, the price of Rotrings has gone up considerably. I am reasonably sure that I bought my 800 when it was under $40. We can hope for a better exchange rate. If you are on a budget, there are other pencils that are certainly enjoyable to use. If you want to indulge in something special, I would buy this pencil. The craftmanship and materials are both top-notch.
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