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Paper Mate PhD Mechanical Pencil, Retractable, 0.50 mm, Black Barrel (67004)

4.3 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • Ergonomic triangular grip.
  • Tuff-Stuff® jumbo twist eraser.
  • Spring tip.
  • Pocket clip.
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Product Description

Features ergonomic triangular grip that requires less gripping pressure and reduces writing fatigue. Tuff-Stuff® jumbo twist eraser lasts six times longer than standard erasers so you can keep writing longer. Spring tip permits continuous use for the ultimate writing experience. Strong pocket clip keeps your pencil with you at all times. Global Product Type: Pencils; Pencil Type: N/A; Mechanism: Mechanical; Packaging: Single.

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Technical Details

Brand Name Paper Mate
Item Weight 1 ounces
Product Dimensions 0.5 x 0.7 x 5.7 inches
Item model number 67004
Color Black
Number of Items 1
Manufacturer Part Number 67004

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ASIN B0017DD4SY
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4.3 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #104,718 in Office Products (See top 100)
#1,476 in Office Products > Educational Supplies > Writing & Correction Supplies > Pencils > Mechanical Pencils
#142,194 in Office Products > Office Supplies
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available February 2, 2009

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Nice wide grip, generous size eraser. Be sure to note that the refills are Paper Mate item #64892 -- not 64891 or 64896.
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I had searched for this pencil for months prior to Amazon. I bought several of them because I like to have an extra one lying around. The grip is comfortable and the eraser is clean. However, the best reason to pay such a price for "just" a pencil is how it is weighted. I must handwrite as much as six pages, front and back, on a semi-regular basis, so having a quality writing instrument is key to avoiding hand cramps. Having a properly weighted pencil keeps my hand from gripping the barrel too tightly over long periods of time.

I highly recommend this product, however, I also suggest you stay away from the PhD Ultra. It is not weighted as well as this one, therefore, I do not believe the Ultra's price point is justified.
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When I shop for mechanical pencils, all of the following criteria must be met for me to consider the pencil:

1. extendable eraser (I don't always have a separate eraser and enjoy being able to flip my pencil over and erase without worrying about using it up)
2. weight (heavy is bad for long writing session)
3. fully retractable tip (I hate getting poked when reaching for my pencils)
4. soft but not too soft grip
5. good center of mass (um . . . don't know how to explain this one . . . I guess I'm kind of a pencil geek)

The PhD pencil delivers on all of the above. In addition, the overall construction is sturdy. The material looks good enough to be something more expensive than plastic, but it is in fact just high quality plastic, so it isn't too heavy either. It is a great pencil all around at a reasonable price. My only complaint is that it is kind of fat. I have small hands and prefer something slightly less thick. My favorite mechanical pencil is a skinnier one from TUL. All in all, unless you have small hands or don't like thick writing utensils, this product is great!
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I have been using this pencil exclusively for the past 4 years. It is amazingly comfortable and has a very generous sized eraser (only refilled once in 4 years). It feels as though you are holding an expensive pen. I would recommend this pencil to anyone who has a lot of pencil writing to do!
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I write all the time and I have big hands. Holding a pencil or a pen can cause me to get cramps in my hands and so I purchased a set of the Paper Mate PhD mechanical pencil and ball point pen. I love the larger diameter of the writing instrument and the grip is triangular shaped with a rubberized grip. It fits perfectly into your grip and it reduces the strain of writing for long periods of time.

I also like a sharp pointed pencil and this one is a mechanical pencil that uses a lead like a drafting pencil. Pressing the top button causes the 0.50 mm lead to extend out of the tip so you are always using a sharp tipped pencil. Twisting the head of the pencil extends a nice large eraser that is extendable and lasts a very long time. Pulling out the eraser holder allows you to add in multiple sticks of 0.50 mm lead and the pencil automatically feeds and loads the lead when you need it. The barrel tip of the pencil that supports the lead when it is extended also retracts into the body of the pencil so the sharp thin steel tube does not poke holes into your shirt pocket.

The design of the pencil is just well done and the ergonomically shaped and cushioned grip it the best I have seen. I recommend this pencil to you as a first class writing instrument.
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For whatever reason I have a slight obsession with finding the best pencils and pens and I would definitely say that the PhD pens and pencils are the best you can buy. Money is no real object with these pencils and pens because, at least for me, I use them for years on end. They are balanced perfectly (IMO) and reduce fatigue greatly - I have slightly larger hands and smaller pens/pencils don't do it for me. You can load up a lot of lead in them and the erasers are huge so you don't have to worry about running out in the middle of your GRE, SAT, etc. Great product; I love when people try to perfect the simple things (ex pens/pencils) and the PhD is the result of smart people perfecting something simple. I must say that the newer PhD "Pro" pens/pencils aren't as good as the older PhD pens/pencils so, for what it's worth, I would stick to the good ole' PhD original version.
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As a math grad student, I did a lot of writing. I needed a mechanical pencil that:

*Held a lot of lead;
*Had a high quality, non-abrasive, long lasting eraser;
*Was comfortable.

The PhD fit my needs perfectly. I've packed it with over 12 standard 0.5mm leads, and could probably fit more without jamming. The eraser is the white rubber kind that won't tear holes in your paper or smear, and it's about 1.5 inches long (twists up as needed.) The barrel is nice and fat, with nice cushioned grip, so I didn't have to worry nearly as much about hand-cramps.

This pencil also had features that I didn't know I'd want/need. The mechanism that holds the lead in place, for example seems "spring loaded." If you push hard, you can feel the spring take off some of the pressure, and the lead will retract slightly. This helps to prevent excessive breakage. And when using 0.5mm leads, one can clearly see the advantage! I also believe that this "spring loaded" feature has something to do with reducing fatigue/cramps.
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