What this is, is my very first nice mechanical pencil and I love it. I should have bought a 0.7mm, but if I had, I would be saying that I really need a 0.5. So later on when I can, I'll be buying a 0.7 pencil, probably the Lamy Scribble. Until then, I picked up a cheap Pentel from Office Depot to draw on my blocks with.
Anyway, back to this. I first read about this little guy on Dave's Mechanical Pencil blog after seeing it on Jetpens. He has it listed as one of the top pencils in this price range, so I thought I'd give it a go. So far I've been very happy with it.
It's a tough and very well made little guy. I've used it at school nearly everyday since I bought it a few months ago and have dropped it a dozen or more times. That's just sad, I know, but there's not a mark on it. Nothing to show how clumsy I can be. Made from good plastics and metals bits. Everything fits together really well.
The cap posts with a click, and the lead advance can be clicked even while posted, which is just really cool. THere's a spring loaded thing inside the cap that fits over the clicker on the pencil. Using the eraser won't advance lead unless you just erase super hard.
It's a light little pencil (little) and even after long periods drawing my hand doesn't tire. Writing this review is the only writing I've ever done with it, and I don't like it for this purpose. Drawing is fine, but my hand gets tired after writing with a light little pencil after a few paragraphs. I think some of that is due to me pushing down a bit so I could see my marks. HB lead on this shiny paper doesn't work out so well. But I'd like a bit more heft.
Small. Maybe too small. I'd love something bigger and chunkier.
This kid has one of those fixed tips and seems like it would be okay for drafting. I dunno. Maybe not. It works well enough for me with the little bit I use squares and french curves and rulers in my work.
This thing has a cap!! At first it was a big deal and quite the novelty, but now it's just another thing I have to do before I can draw with it or show one of my students something at school. Meh. No more capped pencils for me. It is really nice though. I've forgotten to cap the pencil a few different times before I put it in my shirt, and have poked myself in the chest because of it. Oh well. Nothing too bad.
This thing takes 0.5 leads and holds a ton of extras. I've discovered that I prefer HB in a mechanical pencil, NOT 4B. 4B wears down too quickly for a mechanical pencil and I end up drawing with the tip. Urgh. Not fun.
Overall a great little pencil. My students love it and always ask about it. But they always say the same thing, "I thought you liked fountain pens."
Edited by watch_art, 15 June 2011 - 16:19.