Cheap = Not so sturdy. I use it for only a few minutes everyday; most of the
time it sits comfortably in a small pocket in my bag. However, two months in, it
already developed a crack on the barrel, then three months from the arrival date
the clip broke off. No I did not exert a lot of force and the clip was used for
only a few times prior to that. It obviously still writes, with the crack and
without the clip. But I was hoping that this lead holder would hold shape for a
year or so, it's a disappointment how soon this happened.
To be fair, this one is better than the other lead holder I own in the same
price range, in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. I suppose it's worth
the money, if one can put up with the prospect of losing the clip within a few
months of regular use.
Beautiful color, erases much better than a colored pencil.
The color is a beautiful sapphire blue, dense yet not very intense.
For those of us that use it for writing instead of for drawing: the writing
looks gorgeous but it is a bit on the light side, prolonged reading could strain
Without having tried more colored lead offerings, I don't know if I can
reasonably ask for a darker lead. But I do wish the lines have more contrast
from the paper.
[Note: I tried on line paper and photocopy paper, the following comments may not
apply to other medium]
Pentel Hi-Polymer eraser (available on jetpens) erases writing and lines pretty
well. If the line is done with so much pressure that leaves indent on paper,
erasure will take a lot of pressure. Shading takes more effort to remove but
compare to normal color pencil (I tried Stabilo Greencolors and Staedtler Noris
Club) the trace is minimal.
Did not notice smudge.
good grip, semi-glossy finish is nice to hold and to look at
The claws have sharp edges and can scratch the paint of a pencil.
The claws are fragile.
This is a good extender, very comfortable to use. The clutch mechanism is a good
design, no awkward clip getting in the way like the Faber-Castell perfect pencil
(basically a cap), nor is there a ring that carves into fingers like the
Koh-I-Noor No 1098. However the claws can really be made to a higher quality.
The first time I used this extender I pushed the claws slightly outward to avoid
scratching my pencil, very little force was applied but two claws yielded and
after only a few uses one claw just came off. It still works, for now, but it
won't be long before the next claw come off and I doubt with one third of the
claws missing it can still hold on to pencil tight enough.