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  Don't be fooled by the..., January 2, 2011
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Don't be fooled by the pictures online, this pencil is a lot sleeker in person. Compared to the Staedtler 925 25 .5mm that I also ordered, the grip of the Smash is noticeably more comfortable to hold, making the pencil a dream to write with (the square bumps certainly make the grip very comfortable). The Smash feels lighter in the hands and the plastic construction is SOLID. When writing, the Smash makes no noise as the construction is very tight, while the Staedtler 925 25 made "clinking" noises when the base of the cap touches the barrel.

Something to note:
I find that I break the lead a lot more frequently using the Staedtler 925 25 than the Smash. Both pencils are using Pentel's .5mm HB grade lead.

Overall, the Smash is a fantastic .5mm pencil to use in class or any other place in public as it is not flashy at all. It has an understated appearance, but for the owner, it is a treasured possession.

Verdict: Highly Recommended
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