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Nice size, weight, and feel...but unfortunate design flaw
on December 21, 2011
When this pencil first arrived, I was very pleased. It felt good to hold: was the right weight, size, the easy to hold grip was perfect both in diameter and feel, and the eraser was relatively large for a mechanical pencil.
I was so pleased, I ordered an additional two dozen. Unfortunately, after about 6 weeks of use the lead started to slip back into the barrel, not all the time but frequently enough to be annoying. This didn't happen with just one pencil, but with all the ones I've used so far.
If I had only purchased one pencil, in light of the other reviews, I would have thought I just got that rare defective one, but having purchased a number I can only assume either quality control has changed since the earlier reviews, or the earlier reviewers are lighter users than I, or as we all have slightly different anatomical dimensions my use is slightly different than others.
The design flaw is not so bad that I'll be giving up these pencils. However, it's an unnecessary nuisance, and with better design need not have happened, as it does not occur with the other mechanical pencils I own. However, this pencil still has the best "feel" and eraser of any of my mechanical pencils. With the appropriate improvement to its lead holding ability this pencil would get top marks but not, unfortunately, as it's works for me.