Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: Pentel Twist-Erase 0.5mm & 0.7mm Mechanical Pencils

These Twist-Erase mechanical pencils were sent by Pentel for reviewing! Thank you to Pentel for making this review possible!

  • Produces crisp lines of consistent density
  • Lightweight for writing comfort
  • Features a long-lasting 1¼" tall twist-up eraser
  • Latex-free grip with extended barrel coverage for writing versatility
  • Available barrel colors and lead sizes:
    • 0.5mm: Black, Blue and Green
    • 0.7mm: Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, Violet, Brown, Sky Blue
    • 0.9mm: Black, Light Green, Orange  Sky Blue
  • Refillable with Hi-Polymer Lead and E10 eraser
The Twist-Erase mechanical pencils are simple-looking mechanical pencils. No added gadgets or fancy colors on these black bodies. Just a nice latex-free grip (it doesn't smell weird at all), and the top half of the body clicks to advance the lead. The erase, as suggested by the name, twists out and it's a decent size both in terms of length and diameter. I love that you can retract the eraser when not in use so it won't get dirty or broken off when you put it back in your pencil case.

I must admit, I'm a little surprised at how great these pencils are to write with. Something about their shape and design is quite nice. They're easy to hold, and they're light but well-balanced, so my writing ends up being uniform and consistent! They just feel "right" when written with! That's how all writing utensils should feel, right?
PENCIL-RAMA! Top to bottom: Pentel Twist-Erase 0.5mm, Pentel Twist-Erase 0.7mm, Zebra Airfit Jell 0.5mm, Pentel EnerGize 0.7mm, Pilot H-325, Dixon Oriole #2.
Pentel Twist-Erase
I found that both the 0.5mm and the 0.7mm wrote consistently well. The lead didn't develop really sharp edges with the 0.5mm because it's of course smaller. The 0.7mm occasionally developed sharper edges but I put those to use in my tree doodle - to make sharp outlines and distinct markings. Which lead size you prefer is obviously personal. I liked them both equally because I use different lead sizes for different things.

Pentel Twist-Erase Drawing
Don't laugh at my crappy drawing please.
While these pencils are not part of Pentel's Recycology program, they're pretty sturdy and of course they are refillable with lead and erasers, so they will last you a long time. There aren't any parts that can break off or anything. It's a good, reliable mechanical pencil.The clip is metal and is attached to the pencil with a metal ring so unless you really have at it, it will be just fine.

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These are surprisingly nice pencils. I say surprisingly because they don't look very exciting, being plain black bodied mechanical pencils. They're very comfortable to hold and write with, and the lead they came with is lovely for producing clean, consistent lines. The only downside is that the body does not contain any recycled material like many of Pentel's other mechanical pencils do.

**A big thanks to Pentel for sending these pencils for review! I was not paid to write this review but I do get to keep these awesome goodies!


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