More of an apple green than what's shown in the picture (it may be my monitor),
but just think of the color of a sour apple Jolly Rancher.
Very durable and has stiff shape that really holds up. The inside is described
perfectly by the pictures, though things in the open back pocket do have a
tendency to move around and don't always lie flat in transit. Pretty much holds
everything described. Currently, I have about 6 mechanical pencils and 14 pens
of various shapes and sizes in the case, as well as various erasers and lead
refills. It also holds my small calculator. I have stuffed it to capacity and it
holds everything while maintaining its shape. My favorite thing about it is the
way it holds my mechanical pencils so I am not afraid of being randomly stabbed.
I have not tested it for water resistance, so throw in a pool at your own risk.
This is a great mechanical pencil. The tip fully recedes into the body, which
means you can carry it in your pocket without fear of puncturing your thigh when
you sit down, and the body is durable enough to survive with little damage or
wear in my case where it was rubbing up against my favorite knurled mechanical
pencils (which can destroy the finish on anything). This pencil is about an inch
shorter than anything else I own (so not for big hands), but the front end is
nicely weighted to prevent fatigue.
The only reason I am giving this four stars instead of five is due to the very
smooth grip that is very hard to hold continuously for long periods of time, and
the weird texture change from the black barrel to the silver tip, which is (at
least on mine) bumpy rather than smooth.
Summary: excellent if you want a lighter mechanical pencil for pocket carry and
hate textured grips.
Compared to the regular Hi-Tec-C pen, this feels better in the hand (at least to
me) but the ink and the sizing is apparently the same as the regular pen. There
is no clip to attach it to something, but there is a little plastic nub on the
cap that keeps it from rolling off the desk.
Summary: Hi-Tec-C greatness in a lovely, stylish package.
Works excellent at erasing marks without damaging paper. Not as soft as the
Boxy, but does perform as advertised with very little dust, and the dust that
comes off is very small (easy to brush away). Small with a good value. I use
these with HB lead exclusively so can't speak for other lead grades.
Excellent eraser for regular HB lead (I only use mechanical pencils). This
eraser is very soft (compared to the Ain Black, or a regular eraser) and the
dust tends to clump together in big strings. Other than that, great purchase for
I use this for engineering, which means I don't write continuously (as you might
when you are taking notes or writing a letter) so the auto rotation feature is
not as smooth as it might be when you do write without long pauses. But
comparing this to my other, non-rotational pencils, the difference in smoothness
of line and the rounding of the sharp lead end that can develop is phenomenal.
Because the line produced is smoother, it is easier to erase markings.
The writing mechanism is not as springy as I thought it would be from the other
reviews. It feels very solid when you are writing, less so for drawing without
picking up the pencil.
I have never had the lead break off, even when extended very far.
There are special leads developed for the pencil that are twice as expensive as
regular leads, but in my limited couple hundred hours of experience there is not
a big difference in everyday use.
The pencil is weighted toward the tip nicely, and the grip has enough texture
not to slip around too much. I am a big fan off the textured grip of the
Rotering type mechanical pencils, and this has just enough texture to keep it in
place in your hand.
Also, the rotational mechanism does not advance the lead, but because it uses
the lead more evenly, you advance it less often.