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This technical drafting pencil with an industrial design features a 4 mm fixed sleeve for template work and technical drawings.
The Pentel Graph Gear 500 features a metallic mesh grip on a slim, beveled barrel for precision and control. Other features include a top-click, stationary eraser and tip. Both the lead and the eraser are refillable.
Package of 4.
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I love it!
Comments about Pentel Graph Gear 500 Pencil:
The pencil is well balanced-not too light or heavy and feels good in my hand. The lead is very smooth on surfaces. I love writing with it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great balance and strudy tip
The pencil is very well balanced without being too heavy. The metal grip does start to hurt when you're using it for long periods of time, but it looks really nice. The jacket for the lead is fixed, that's a positive in my book because there's no movement when you're using the pencil. It might poke you if you're not careful when traveling with it. I don't do technical drawings, but I do use the pencil for long periods of time writing and drawing. I don't think I would want to have a all metal body pencil for what I do, the weight would get uncomfortable. I love the leads that come with these pencils, they are surprisingly smoother than the Bic ones I've used all of my life. I think the combination of the plastic body with the fixed metal tip is perfect.
I love how heavy it feels, very well made
from Grinnell. Iowa
I use for sketching for wood carvings when I need a fine detail line and it does a great job I have other 0.3 pencils but they don't have the feel or the great working ability that the graph gear has I can find no fans with this pencil in fact I like so well I purchased 4 just to have spares on hand
fantastic thin lines
For sketching when I need fine detail lines Very well built could not be improved How can you improve the best I have been unable to list any kind of complaint or dislike of this pencil
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
great to have
from west saint paul, MN
I love to 500 for my drawing. I have used mechanical pencils but this one is the best because of its heaver weight.
My favorite pencil
I'm not an artist but I use this pencil every day. I have smaller handwriting and like the precise way this pencil writes. The lead also does not break easily.This is actually my second one to purchase.
from Chula Vista, CA
As a graphic design student, a solid mechanical/drafting pencil is a necessity. This pencil is a solid buy and I never want to use another one of those cheap plastic pencils again. The difference is astronomical. For a only a few dollars, you'll have a reliable pencil that will last so much longer than any other pencil. A must buy!
Pentel Graph Gear 500 pencil
from Maine, USA
Nice balance, comfortable when used for extended periods of time. I am very satisfied with purchase and may buy more.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
decent mechanical pencil.
I use a number of mechanical pencils for drawing, each pencil holding different sizes/hardnesses of lead. I have many different brands and recently have come to notice that I enjoy using certain MPs in the set much more than others. This is one of the pencils in my set, and it is decent -- neither the worst nor the best I have/use.On the plus side, it has a very sturdy head/grip area which advances and holds the leads very securely. Leads break rarely. It is a bit weirdly easy to unscrew from the body though -- it's like a semi-premium head twisted onto a cheap/standard body.The textured metal grip I see as mostly a positive thing. I use the pencil for long periods of time, and while probably not the most comfortable pencil to use in such a way that I have, I can say that the metal grip has never become overly uncomfortable, either, and it almost never slips in the hand. It's probably better for brief use than extended use, but even in extended use, it fares better than you might expect.The main body of the pencil is nothing special -- regular hexagonal plastic. It has one of those metal clips which I'm not crazy about personally, but it can be removed. The small back eraser is of decent quality (not too dry/rough or smudgey). My biggest problem with this pencil is that over time the eraser bracket became jammed down into the reservoir area (see pic), preventing easy refills. The metal cap for the back got lost somewhere along the way (no fault of the pencil, of course) -- but advancing with the pencil capless eventually pushed the eraser itself down in a way that makes it very difficult to remove the eraser for refills to the reservoir. I assume this wouldn't likely have happened if I hadn't lost the back cap -- but it's also something that shouldn't happen anyway, which a better design could've prevented. I don't apply undue pressure when clicking/advancing -- it just became jammed like you see in the picture through normal use. At one point when clicking it just suddenly kind of gave, and pushed deeper in. Aside from that, it's a pretty good pencil, just not the best. I think the pencil would also benefit from a lead hardness indicator (which is available on the GG 1000 model -- which I've never used, it's way too pricey, not to mention kind of ugly). It's also a feature available on my current favorite MP, the Staedtler Mars Draft Automatic MP. Note: I tried to add a pic of the back of the pencil to illustrate the jam referenced, but doing so obscures the Submit button in my browser, so I am submitted without the pic.
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