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Cheap = Not so sturdy....
July 28, 2013
Verified Purchase
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...
May 7, 2012
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 the eyes.

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.

About erasure:
[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.
Claw came off. Pros: ...
April 19, 2012
Claw came off.

sleek design
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.
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