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Ideal for technical drawing, writing, and sketching, the TK 9400 Clutch Drawing Pencil has a hexagonal barrel with a round, ribbed grip for a sure hold.
The TK 9400 Clutch Drawing Pencil comes with one HB lead. Powerful jaws grip the lead firmly.
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Great for drawing
By Ski the East
Comments about Faber-Castell TK 9400 Clutch Drawing Pencil:
Feels a lot like a new wood pencil, good balance and length. Good precision and shading, and selection of leads is nice, though if you use more than one hardness on a regular basis you may want to buy a couple of these instead of just changing out the lead. Nice for travel since you can push the lead into the holder so you don't have to worry about broken tips.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Alvin rotary pointer works like a charm, IMPRESSED!
By Grizz Lee Bear
from Rocky Mountains, Colorado
I love it, for under $8 just buy one, you won't regret it! While sturdier holders exist (Koh-i-noor), they have the weight to match. The Faber Castell TK9400 is most at home as a replacement for wooden drawing pencils of different hardnesses. I have 4 of these with different hardness of leads and the light weight of the body coupled with the comfortable grip make sketching and drawing a breeze. I find that I don't feel any restriction in my movements or flow while using these lead holders. Unlike a previous reviewer, I read the instructions on my Alvin rotary lead pointer and used the appropriate collar and the lead depth stop on the pointer to sharpen my lead. THAT is where this product really shines! The point I can get on this is as sharp as a hypodermic syringe, the first time I sharpened a 4H lead I drew blood when I touched the point to test it. Seriously, for under $8 you won't regret this purchase. The leads are less expensive than pencils, take up less space, are more environmentally friendly, and your pencil never turns into a stub. I think that last feature is priceless, muscle memory is real and using a lead holder makes every mark as precise as you are capable because your hand remembers holding a certain size and weight object and manipulating it in a specific manner. Changing the size and weight of your drawing implement constantly costs you time and accuracy.Final verdict? This tool changed my life (not really, but close to it). Great product at a fair price and if you have an IQ above 60, IT WORKS FLAWLESSLY WITH THE ALVIN ROTARY POINTERS AND I'VE NEVER HAD A FINER POINT ON ANY DRAWING IMPLEMENT I'VE USED. Seriously, just because you're too mechanically inept to figure out how to sharpen a pencil, DON'T WRITE A REVIEW STATING THAT IT WON'T WORK. I seriously doubt the ability of such an individual to wear shoes that tie with laces much less draw precise blueprints or technical illustrations. I hope I've cleared that up... the Alvin rotary lead pointers come with collars with various I.D.'s (inner diameter's) to accommodate ALL of the 2mm lead holders on the market, they also have 2 depth stops for your lead whether you want a sharp or needle sharp point. I highly recommend the red rectangular sharpener that clamps to your desk and a portable rotary pointer. Yes, they aren't free, but it's a drawing/drafting experience worth every penny and you'll save money in the long term.
Recommended but with provisos
By Bob Katt
from Near the Carl Sandburg Home NHS, NC
For: Appearance, material quality, balance and weight, durability, writing performanceAgainst: Grip, lack of built-in features, unsuitable for rotary lead pointers, drawing performanceFaber-Castell's most famous lead holder is, not surprisingly, their most available one. It seems most at home on an executive's desk, and its handsome, conservative appearance will complement such a décor. It is as a writing instrument that it is best suited. Its weight is a product of metal inner workings and a sturdy plastic outer body. While it feels substantial in the hand, it is not heavy, and it is well-balanced, making this quality-rich, durable instrument a good choice for home, school or office. Alas, some will be dismayed by its lack of versatility. The token plastic grip near the tip will not prove sufficient for detailed or technical drawing, though simple sketching should not suffer as much. There is simply not enough knurling to keep the fingers from sliding around.Other drawbacks include a lack of a pocket clip and no integrated sharpener. Indeed finding a sharpener suitable for this pencil might be the most difficult obstacle to overcome. It does not work in rotary pointers, so a mini lead pointer, piece of sandpaper, or Faber-Castell's own sharpener for TK leads will be necessary. Other matters to consider: These are sometimes sold with a particular grade of lead embossed on the holder. It is not clear to me whether those offered by Blick are sold as such, so do inquire about this before purchasing. Also, the TK leads from Faber-Castell that have hardnesses of 4B, 5B and 6B will not work in this lead holder as those are 3.15 mm, and this holder will accept 2 mm leads only (and bear in mind that standard 2 mm leads from any manufacturer will work).All told, this is a good choice for writing, or the occasional, casual sketch, but for serious drawing or artwork, better options exist.
from Pittsburgh, PA
The pencil and the led are fantastic. I use these when I am at home and I use the regular Faber-Castell pencils for when I travel. The weight of these clutch are perfect. Will buy one for ever hardness of led.
Where have you been all my life??
By Michael Yakutis
from Crescent City, CA
This is my first clutch pencil and I am loving it. I don't know why I didn't try these things sooner! Very comfortable and the lead it comes with is great to start out with and lasts quite a while. I use a sandpaper pad to sharpen the tip. I've also seen some artists use these to hold their inking nibs, but I tried fitting a 102 in there and it didn't quite fit. Might work with another brand or different nib? -Professional comic book artist-
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Rally Nice Lead Holder
from Livingston Texas
Got tired of going through pencils so I switched to lead holders. I love this one, it has become my go to lay in tool
(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
This is a GREAT Product - WORKS!
from Fort Wayne, IN
Works well for all erasing needs.
Elegant and practical
By Diehard Draftsman
from Bridgewater, NJ
Light and comfortable in the hand, without the metal knurl. It's replaced my venerable Eagle Turquoise.
Quality and Value
By John the Rocket Man
from Oxnard, CA
My Clutch Drawing Pencils were everything I expected them to be. Fast delivery at a great price and value
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