Pentel� Side FX? Mechanical Pencil, 0.7 mm, Blue Barrel
My Favorite of All!
I am a person that must write everything down in order to retain the information. I keep copious hand-written notes in a binder that I take with me everywhere I go. I am a pencil person (not pen ever if I can help it). I have probably used every mechanical pencil on the market in my 30 years of working and I have to say, the Pentel Side FX is the best I've ever used. It is not heavy at all, despite it's somewhat thicker body. It is very comfortable to hold and write with, sometimes for 2 or 3 hours straight with few pauses. It is very easy to load with new lead. It holds quite a bit of lead so constant refilling is not necessary. The side advance allows me to advance lead without missing a beat in my note-taking, as well as eliminates the ever-irritating problem of smashing the eraser into the pencil when advancing. The rubber grip helps keep it from slipping in my fingers. The ample twist-eraser is awesome - no more problems with it erasing down to the metal and tearing the paper! The lead tip is sturdy and not squishy; it doesn't move around while writing. As I said, I've tried almost everything out there and this is by far the easiest and most comfortable mechanical pencil I've ever used - and it's much more affordable than most other pencils as well - BONUS! And if I didn't constantly loan mine out or lose them, I would still have my original - I've never had one break or malfunction - the quality is really awesome, especially when considering the price!
July 17, 2013
Favorite pencil ever!
This is my absolute favorite pencil ever! The side-of-the-barrel lead advancer is easy to push without interrupting the flow of writing. Also, the eraser (which twists up and down) lasts forever, and the whole pencil is very comfortable to hold. (And I have always struggled some with dysgraphia, so that's really saying something.)
I am a college student, and this is the ONLY pencil I use! I've been using the same one for several years of upper division math and physics classes and I've never had problems with the lead jamming or parts breaking or the pencil coming unscrewed on its own.
In short, if I lose this pencil or something happens to it and I find that Pentel has stopped making it, I will be very sad.
January 11, 2012