Honest to God, these Paper Mate PhD Mechanical Pencils are the best mechanical pencils I have encountered. I own three of them and when friends comment on them after using one on my desk, I tend to buy them one as a gift. Excellent for drawing and sketching and most any task session that requires using a pencil for an extended period of time.
Refilling the pencil is as easy as taking off and replacing the eraser cap after sliding pencil leds in from the palm of your hand.Paper Mate 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills, 12 Refills (66378PP) The opening to barrel is very wide unlike some pencil led chambers that are like trying to thread a needle. Advancing the led is easy and holds in place. The only negative is that when you turn the pencil upside down to use the eraser, if you push the pencil down on the eraser to erase...
I received my pencils in a timely fashion, they were exactly what I ordered. I have been looking all over for this pencil in stores and haven't been able to find it, but I finally found it here on amazon. The only thing that made me raise an eyebrow was the fact that they were literally pencils and nothing else in the package, they were unpackaged (you know, taken out of the packing like they would be in at the store) I thought that was odd. But they work great, they are the exact pencil I ordered and received. I'm happy, I got what I've been looking for. I would order from this seller again,
Mechanical pencils don't get much better than this. I had one of these in high school many years ago when you could still find them in stores. I haven't been able to find them at any local office supply stores, but luckily Amazon has the hook-up. You'll be a pencil snob after using one of these. You won't want to write with anything else.
I don't lend out this pencil very often, but when I do, the lendee always comments on how much they like it.
If you aren't in the habit of losing writing utensils, I recommend giving one of these a shot. I, and any other PhD pencil owner, would be surprised if you were not satisfied.
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