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  Beautiful addition to..., February 10, 2009
Beautiful addition to any mechanical pencil collection. Decided to go with this red version, after learning from another review that the silver finish scratches easily. It is practical and easy to spot, for its nice bright red color make it stand out among the other tools in my pencil bag. The Shift Lock mechanism works smoothly to protect the drafting sleeve: once one gets accustomed to turning it counter clockwise to set it on the working position and clockwise to close it for protected travel. It came loaded with the new Uni Nano Dia leads which I had been itching to try but were unfortunately out-of-stock when I placed my order. Not sure if they were HB, but they were certainly strong and smooth yielding nice dark lines. While I tend to be weary of knurled metal grips, I find this pencil as comfortable and well balanced as my favored Pentel Graph 1000. Uni-ball graphite offerings have never let me down, and the Shift is certainly no exception.
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