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

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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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4.5 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #138,508 in Office Products (See top 100)
#1,446 in Office Products > Educational Supplies > Writing & Correction Supplies > Pencils > Mechanical Pencils
#175,633 in Office Products > Office Supplies
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces
Date First Available February 2, 2009

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By John R. Beeler on January 7, 2010
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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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Two parts of the pencil are retractable, which is what I was looking for....the retractable nature of the tip. Sharp tips poking holes in pockets or even in me is not pleasant so I have always preferred retractable. It's a little awkward compared to other retractable pencils I have owned but you can fully retract the lead and tip. If you are a purist like me, you do not touch the eraser (which by the way also retracts and extends by turning the black top one way or the other) so in order to get the tip and lead to retracted, your hand has to get in an awkward position to hold the pencil while simultaneously pushing down on the top (again without touching the eraser) with the fingers on the edge of the plastic near the eraser AND touching the lead/tip to a flat surface / table. The Pentel Graph Gear 1000 retracts the lead and tip by pushing the pocket clip which is what I prefer. If you like a "fat feeling" for your hand on the pencil, you might prefer this one instead as the Pentel Graph Gear 1000 has a skinnier feeling. Since the eraser is exposed in this pencil, some people might prefer it as faster to get to the erasing. The Pentel has a silver top over the mush smaller eraser that has to be taken off to be able to erase.
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This pencil is a little more pricier than others, but it is well worth the cost. Office Depot and Staples do not sell these anymore, so I found and ordered it here on Amazon.com.

These pencils have a great feel to it and look more expensive than they really are. They have a BIG eraser--not one of those small pencil-neck erasers that you are continually refilling. It is a nice big, white eraser that works well.

This is a very nice mechanical pencil with no equal out there.
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I got one of these for Christmas a long time ago. I didn't use it until I started called about 3 years ago and loved it! I always thought it would be too thick but once I got used to the added heft, it cut down on hand fatigue by a LOT! The grip is comfortably squishy, yet sturdy enough to offer a solid hold. The weight takes some adjusting, but it's well balanced and not at all cumbersome (I think my metal pen weighs more!). The eraser is awesome and lasts for a very long time, plus it doesn't leave me hanging during a test or in the middle of fast note taking like those tiny erasers on most mechanicals. I ended up ordering a replacement after the tip on my old one finally wore out. But it still works, it's just a bit stiff to retract.
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I have used #2 yellow pencils for my entire life and finally broke down and bought a mechanical pencil after having the old ones break, and sharpen, then break, and sharpen again. It is a little on the heavier side but not overly noticeable and the grip feels great. The eraser is fantastic and adjustable and it is very easy to put new lead in. Thumbs up!
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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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