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  I bought this for working..., October 27, 2013
By j_a...
I bought this for working math problems, taking notes, and sketching. The first thing I noticed was the flawless build quality. It is has a good weight. It feels durable. The round knurled grip is secure without being too rough, and is slightly smaller than the diameter of the hard plastic hexagonal barrel. The advancement of the lead is positive. There is no way to retract or cap the tip, so it is not "pocket safe". Of the mechanical pencils having a knurled metal grip, the Rotring 500 is my favorite. The Alvin Draft/matic is a close second due to the coarser knurling, round barrel, and cushioned tip. Some pencils I try, but lose interest. The Rotring 500 is a classic pencil that holds my interest.
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