|Item Weight||0.32 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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Graph Gear 500 Automatic Drafting Pencil (0.3mm), Brown Barrel Pentel Co., Ltd. is a privately held Japanese company which produces stationery products. The name is a combination of the English words pen and tell. Pentel is also the inventor of non-permanent marker technology.
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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.
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.
Initially I had trouble replacing the lead in this. Please note that to do so you pull the metal cap off the end and remove the inner eraser, then just pop your lead in and replace the parts. Due to the sturdy design, your lead is not likely to break no matter which refill brand you choose.
The Graph Gear 500 is comfortable in use, and the metal front-loads the balance nicely. The action is positive with just the right amount of feed per click and it seems to use most of the lead unlike cheaper pencils with which one has to discard a half-inch of lead before the next one will feed properly. I've found that the last one quarter inch of lead will fall out of the pencil, with the new lead waiting to be advanced right behind it. More parsimonious than many other types I've used. Yes, I measured the wasted lead with a ruler.
I use my Graph Gear 500 for note-taking and idea sketching rather than for any sort of precision work, so read accordingly. I'm also a relative newcomer to the 0.7mm pencil, having had a preference for the 0.5mm size for years.
I didn't like that it came with HB leads. I always end up tossing HB leads in favor of Bs or 2Bs as the softer leads improve the look of my handwriting. This sounds like a small and petty point, but I bought five pencils this week and ended up deep-sixing 15 otherwise serviceable HB leads. I suppose any lead is better than none, but boy is it aggravating to have to toss away stuff that is new.
I wish the pencil had come with some sort of cap, as I planned to carry it in a pocket. The point doesn't retract (which is good in my opinion as it means less to go wrong and less play in the works) so something has to be done to protect it during transport.
Mine also came in a baggie with no extra erasers, which is a shame as none of the refill erasers I have on hand fit the socket.
The biggest shortcoming of the GraphGear 500 in my opinion is that it doesn't self-feed. I'm still searching for an affordable self-feed pencil that combines the easy-to-use load method of this design with the self-feed of other designs such as the Ticonderoga sensematic.
Even so, this is by far the best 0.7mm pencil in my collection so far. Four stars and recommended.