Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Pentel Jolt 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil

The Pentel Jolt is a new mechanical pencil to me and is part of Pentel's Recycology line.
Pentel Jolt 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil
ABOUT

Price: $2.85USD
Where to buy: Pentel


APPEARANCE

The Jolt actually looks like a jolt. Well, actually, it looks like a skinny highlighter. But it's so bright, it gives your eyeballs a jolt. The body is almost fluorescent yellow, with a white clip, black rubbery grip, and a black eraser. There is a viewing window that shows the springy mechanism inside the pencil. The pencil's name is written on the clip, along with a cute little lightning bolt. Pentel describes the barrel as light green... I guess I can see it, but my brain sees highlighter yellow!

PERFORMANCE & USE

To use the pencil, you click the top to advance the lead, then shake the body twice to expose it. Then you write like usual, and continue to shake as you write to continually advance the lead. The kind of lead you use in your mechanical pencils can greatly affect the performance as there are varying types (hard vs. soft). This pencil came with HB lead, equivalent to a #2 pencil. It writes quite typically - not outstanding, not exciting. It gets the job done. The body of the pencil is comfortable to hold and write with and advancing the lead by shaking it is fun. It's a nice, light, and comfortable pencil to use. The shape of the body allowed me to grip it properly to give uniform and consistent writing (as you can see below).
Pentel Jolt 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil Writing Sample
PROS
  • Latex-free grip.
  • Available in 0.5mm and 0.7mm lead sizes. 
  • Barrels in several different colors.
  • Erasers are refillable.
CONS
 
None, really!

OVERALL

This is a pretty decent mechanical pencil. Aside from the strange fluorescent yellow barrel color, the pencil works quite nicely. While the lead doesn't auto-rotate or anything fancy, it gets the job done. Plus, it contains recycled content and it's refillable - both in terms of lead and erasers.

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