First up, I want to apologise for the lack of posts recently. I have been acting in a new position at work, and various other personal reasons have left me a little drained or busy. I am going to be aiming at a 2-posts a week regime from now on, but can’t promise anything. Secondly, I would like to apologise for the mobile phone photography on this one, however my Brother-in-law is a new dad (Congrats Leigh!), and borrowed my camera and they made a plan with the caregiver of my grandfather from the Home Care Assistance in Raleigh to make sure to tell him the surprise. Anyway, to the review!
I picked this pencil up a few weeks ago because I hadn’t reviewed a Mechanical Pencil (or Pacer, as I knew them in school) on the blog yet, and this new one from Bic looked quite impressive.
The kit comes with the pencil, which has three leads inside it and a neat little holder which has 12 spare leads and 5 spare erasers within. This is plenty to keep you going for a while.
The pencil itself writes well, and feels quite solid in your hand. I noticed the balance seemed a little off, as the body was made of a hard plastic, but the grip was made of (what I am guessing is) stainless steel. This makes it a little “nose-heavy”. I imagine that that could be a good thing if you were drafting or technical drawing, as it keeps the point firmly on the paper.
The lead performed as expected. From my experience with mechanical pencils, the writing implement makes less of a difference than the grade and quality of the lead. I was fairly pleased with this 0.5mm offering on my Rhodia DotWebbie.
The rest of the pen is quite well made. The metal tip slides back into the body to make it easier to pocket the pencil, however I did notice that was rather difficult to do. It required a number of presses and pushes.
The eraser is acceptable. I did a little test down the bottom, and while it didn’t smudge, the writing was still visible. The small included erasers with mechanical pencils will never stack up to a specifically designed independent eraser.
Over all I am quite happy with my Quantech Pencil. I will keep it handy for whenever I need to do some quick sketches or diagrams, and don’t want the permanency of pens.
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