|Item Weight||0.3 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||0.4 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches|
|Item model number||PG523E|
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|Manufacturer Part Number||PG523E|
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Pentel GraphGear 500 Automatic Drafting Pencil Brown (PG523E)
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- Metallic mesh grip on a slim, beveled barrel
- 4mm fixed sleeve
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Top customer reviews
I have three different mechanical pencils, and I have ranked as my personal preference below:.
1. Pentel GraphGear 500 Automatic Drafting Pencil Black (PG525A)
2. Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Automatic Drafting Pencil, 0.5mm Lead Size, Brushed Metal Barrel (PG1015A)
3. Zebra M-301 Stainless Steel Mechanical Pencil, 0.5mm, Black Barrel, 2-Pack (54012)
Somehow, I find GraphGear 500 is more comfortable to hold than GraphGear 1000, maybe because GraphGear 500 is lighter.
The Pentel GraphGear 500's price is right, only half of the Pentel GraphGear 1000, it but feels better in my hand, this maybe different for others.
The Pentel GraphGear 1000 is also a great one, it has full metal body, so it feels very solid in hand; moreover, the clip is very easy to use.
The Zebra M-301 Stainless Steel Mechanical Pencils are very cheap and perfect for taking to school and doing homework. It comes with two in a set. Since it is very cheap, I am not worried if I lose one.
Overall, I am very happy with this purchase, and it is well worth the five stars rating!
I have included few photos for you to look at the details of the product.
If this review is helpful to you, please help me by clicking the “Yes” below; this would really encourage me to give better reviews in the future. Thank you very much =)
Best overall: Pentel GraphGear 500 (this review)
Best value: Zebra M301 (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1U5S4D5OEPY3F)
Best retractable tip: Pentel GraphGear 1000 (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1WGL8ZCB03SQK)
Best rubber grip: Staedtler 925-05 (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1ZX77U5OV8OS6)
Also rans (in order of preference):
Alvin Draftmatic (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1VQY95VWPF0YI)
Uni Kuru Tora (http://www.amazon.com/review/R2JV48N3D6KXH3)
Pentel P205 (http://www.amazon.com/review/R3C11TD28G7BUT)
Click on the links above for my detailed review of each. And now for the actual review for THIS pencil, the Pentel GraphGear 500:
This is a medium priced ($5-$10) pencil but minus the clip has the feel of a higher end pencil. It has what the manufacturer calls a "metallic mesh grip" which is one of the three common types (along with ribbed plastic and the rubber grip). I generally like the metal grips because they are very consistent even if your fingers are slick or greasy. They are also very easy to clean and last FOREVER. The downside is that generally it is your fingers that take the beating, not the pencil. The Alvin Draftmatic is the most classic example of that. Many complain about it and one definitely builds up callouses if they use them regularly. However, this pencil's grip has a VERY nice feel to it. Not too aggressive on the mesh, far less so than the Draftmatic, but still nowhere close to slippery.
This it what makes it my winning pencil for at home or in the office. Add to that a VERY sturdy/stiff tip, it has the least give in the medium price range by far, and a consistent clicking mechanism and you've got a winner of a pencil.
If one is looking for downsides, the size and quality of the barrel leaves a bit to be desired. It's not horrible, appropriate for the price range, but it's a bit on the small side (one of the only ones where the barrel is smaller than the grip) and overall the pencil feels like a higher end tip on a medium grade barrel. But I ask you, if you had to pick, which would you rather have be on the high side?
As stated up front, also in the downside category is the clip. In fact, it's the most glaring weakness. It's pretty wimpy, so wimpy I'll end up taking it off. Combine that with the lack of a retractable tip and the very small eraser on the top (frankly, they all do) and it's not your best pocket pencil for carrying around.
Nevertheless, if you're looking for a pencil that you leave at your desk where you should have a big polymer eraser at your disposal at all times (and you should) and don't care about the lack of a retractable tip, this is a winner. Thus, this is my favorite (one of only two I gave a 5-star review) and will likely be yours too if you like a metal grip. That you don't have to pay a bunch for it makes it all the sweeter.
The pencil arrived by itself in a box with a bar code sticker on it, no packaging or anything, so that is somewhat odd. At least it does include lead already inside the pencil but not much, only 2 strips.
First impressions are that it is smaller, thinner, and lighter than I expected. The picture made it look like it would be thicker and I assumed the metal parts would make the pencil pretty heavy.
It is comfortable to hold and it’s a great weight, light but not cheap or hollow feeling. The texture on the metal grip feels nice. Not too rough which I was worried about. The mechanical action feels solid but precise and delicate. There does not seem to be any looseness in the pencil while writing. I really like how the eraser is very easily removable and extendable; it is also nice and small for detailed erasing.
This is the first time I have ever used .3 size lead. The thickness is visually significantly thinner, but when I put it to paper the difference from .5 lead is actually not that apparent. The lines I am getting are not much thinner but they are lighter, and the lead digs into the paper more easily leading to a scratchier feel. I will need to use this pencil for a while and see how I get used to it. The lead breaks more easily but with normal writing pressure I don’t think this is a problem. You will probably tear through the paper with the sharp thin lead if you use it with enough force to come close to breaking it. I keep the lead about 3 clicks in length.
The reason why I went for .3 to begin with is because even .5 was just a tiny bit too thick for me at times, so I think I will come to value the .3’s edge over .5 for this.
Edit: Now that I have been using it awhile, the .3 is quite nice. I bought some uni dia lead for it and it is much smoother than the stock lead. I find it much easier to cram in tiny words when I start running out of space.
Edit: I am still using this as my favorite pencil 5 months later and it still works perfectly. Hope this gives confidence in this product for anyone who wants to try it. I'm surprised I have not lost it yet actually, best $6 I ever spent.
BONUS INFO: When peeling off the bar-code there was some residue left over so I immediately took some goo-gone solvent to it to take it off. The plastic is not chemically resistant at all, and immediately smudged and weakened where I applied the solvent. Thankfully I didn't use more than I did. I suggest just using water for the residue and gently scratching it off.