5 Stars By K. LeCrone on 2016-02-29
My Favorite Go-To Mechanical Pencils for Many Years
I enjoy sketching and painting, and I'm always on the lookout for new tools to help me work. As of late I’ve been going back through some of my art supply purchased over the years and reviewing the ones that stood out in order to hopefully help other artists make informed purchases.
I purchased my first Pentel Graph Gear 1000 mechanical pencil a little over five years ago, and have added many more to my collection in the years since. It's my go-to mechanical pencil for a number of reasons:
- It has a comfortable, chiseled metallic grip inlaid with soft latex-free pads provides writing comfort. These pads are different colors depending on the lead size you choose (brown for .3 mm, grey for .5 mm, blue for .7 mm, and yellow for .9 mm), making it easy to identify which size of lead you're using.
- The dual-action retractor advances and retracts tip for easy use. This means that you're able to retract the tip when you're storing it, which helps prevent damage to the tip as well as accidental damage (read: holes) in whatever you're storing it in.
- The lead and eraser are refillable.
- The barrel has a rotating window that allows you to identify the type of lead you've placed in it (2B, HB, etc.), so if you have multiples of these pencils, it's easy at a glance to identify what type of lead is in each without having to test them. Between this and the color-coding for the lead type, it makes it incredibly easy to keep on creating rather than having to take breaks to remember where you put a certain lead size or hardness or softness of lead. It also means that if you have multiples, you can have a variety of them handy, rather than having to regularly swap out lead.
- They are extremely well weighted.
- I rarely experience breakage.
I regularly carry the following Pentel Graph Gear 1000s in my mobile sketch kit:
- A .5 mm with 2H lead
- A .5 mm with HB lead
- A .5 mm with 2B lead
- A .3 mm with 2H lead
That said, these are by far my favorite mechanical pencils, and they are something I regularly use at home and while on the go. I would highly recommend them to any artist or draftsmen who is interested in adding a solid and long-lasting mechanical pencil to their creative arsenal.
I am a longtime BTA-MALL Prime customer who enjoys writing reviews in my free time. If you have any questions or comments about this product or my review, feel free to message me and I'll be glad to help!
5 Stars By Tea on 2017-02-26
One of the best!
I really like to write with this mechanical pencil.
I have three different mechanical pencils, and I have ranked as my personal preference below:.
1. Pentel GraphGear 500 Automatic Drafting Pencil Black (PG525A)
2. Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Automatic Drafting Pencil, 0.5mm Lead Size, Brushed Metal Barrel (PG1015A)
3. Zebra M-301 Stainless Steel Mechanical Pencil, 0.5mm, Black Barrel, 2-Pack (54012)
Somehow, I find GraphGear 500 is more comfortable to hold than GraphGear 1000, maybe because GraphGear 500 is lighter.
The Pentel GraphGear 500's price is right, only half of the Pentel GraphGear 1000, it but feels better in my hand, this maybe different for others.
The Pentel GraphGear 1000 is also a great one, it has full metal body, so it feels very solid in hand; moreover, the clip is very easy to use.
The Zebra M-301 Stainless Steel Mechanical Pencils are very cheap and perfect for taking to school and doing homework. It comes with two in a set. Since it is very cheap, I am not worried if I lose one.
Overall, I am very happy with this purchase, and it is well worth the five stars rating!
I have included few photos for you to look at the details of the product.
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5 Stars By D. Somers on 2017-03-04
I really like the feel and weight of it for sketching
Have a .5 Graphgear already and ordered the set. I really like the feel and weight of it for sketching. A $1.50 cent el cheapo mechanical pencil will work just fine. But these just feel so much nicer in the hand. I Might add that I managed to lose the eraser cap/eraser, and the metal sleeve the eraser seats in and Pentel is working with me to replace it. Though it did involve sending the pencil in to Pentel in Canada.
5 Stars By S. Ross on 2017-03-02
Love this more than Kuru Toga
I love this pencil! Decided that, as much as I love my many iterations of the Kuru Toga, I'd give this a shot for the retractable lead tube.
The balance is exceptional, and feels much more substantial than any Kuru Toga (and trust me, I've tried them all!)
So in summary, this is a well-balanced pencil and my new favorite. Hands-down worth the lack of the (admittedly gimmicky) Kuru Toga engine.
5 Stars By Paul on 2017-03-12
Damn good pencil for the price. A must for Engineers
I am an engineering student and have been using this pencil for about 5 months now. I get so many questions and comments about this pencil.
The weight is perfect on the heavy side, Makes it feel like a much higher quality pencil. I really enjoy the extra fine writing for drawing pictures and doing lots of calculations on one page. It has also taught me to write with a finer touch. I broke the lead soooo many times when I first start using this pencil but I have gotten use to it and I must say I absolutely love it. It does have a couple flaws.
1) The grip takes some getting use to and can get quite uncomfortable after a few hours of writing. I tend to hold my pencils with a death grip and I find the knurled body to provide a ton of grip but very little cushion
2) The locking clip. I've seen a a couple post about the clip breaking off, I can see exactly how this can happen. The clip's hinge is pretty flimsy and the clip tends to slide side to side. Mine has yet to break but I feel it will be the first thing to go if this pencil gives up the ghost.
I only wish Pentel would make my absolute favor pencil, The Twist-Erase III in a .3-.35mm format, I'd buy one in a heart beat. I use my .5mm twist III as back up.
5 Stars By Your Favorite Antagonist on 2015-12-13
a nifty li'l pencil that's full of surprises...as far as pencils go
I've barely used this thing but a couple outstanding qualities of this particular sales product (the 12-pc pentel graph gear 1000 mechanical pencil):
1. for the price, you get 12 smartly-designed, and seemingly, quality-crafted mechanical pencils...practically a steal at just under $0.82 cents a pencil.
2. more on the smart design; the clip of the pencil where you can securely lodge it on the flap of a shirt or pant pocket also doubles as a retracting lever for the actual graphite barrel of the pencil. You'll see what I'm discussing once you have one of these in your possession. I was really impressed with the purchase and didn't realize that I would get so many! A bargain considering I'll never require another pencil purchase for my scholastic, continuing education needs (barring the possibility GOD brings a natural disaster to destroy my home with these things innit).
But yeah, that pretty much sums it up, you can order this in varying widths, if you have a hard time seeing, recommend going above .5mm, so pretty much .7 or higher. The price will vary by pencil depending on the graphite width supported by the pencil but I'm sure it'll be a bargain in any case.
Obviously these pencils are different enough to exert the effort to review something as everyday-ordinary as a pencil!!! @(o_0)@
They come with one or two rods of graphite (I didn't check but it could be more--there's at least one tho) and what I assume are a standard mechanical pencil eraser under the push-button dispenser cap.
5 Stars By J. Ryan on 2017-02-18
Solid build made to last.
The graphgear 1000 has been a favorite of mine for some years now. They are very solid pencils, and I have been pleased with the 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9 mm versions. The tip is retractable into the stout shaft of the pencils which lets you carry it in a pocket without perforating yourself, and it prevents the tip from getting bent which would render the pencil useless. I have seen this as one of the biggest steps up from my older rapidograph pencils of the same size range that suffered bent tips now and again.
You're more likely to lose one of these someplace than break one.
4 Stars By Leonard Washington on 2017-10-08
Nice refillable pencil with some unique design features
This pencil writes well and I have yet to break any of the lead while using it. It has a dispense/retract function that I was previously unfamiliar with. I have to admit, so far, it seems like a clever design.
When you press the "eraser-end" to start using the pencil, it not only pushes the lead tip out, but also the metal housing that holds the tip.
This means that the tip isn't even exposed unless you're using the pencil. When you're done, you simply press the back end of the pocket-clip (like a lever,) and the entire tip assembly retracts into the protective sheath.
It does this with an authoritative snap, which feels like a figurative punctuation mark. One that announces that you've completed your writing with a gesture of confident finality.
My only annoyance so far is that the refillable eraser is only accessible by pulling off a cap that fits over it. This cap is not attached in any way once removed. I can see how it could easily be misplaced.
There doesn't seem to be any concern of it falling off by itself, because the fit is pretty snug.
It's a nuisance to pull the cap off each time you need to erase something. And if you choose to not put it back on immediately after each erase, you need to keep track of it.
It would be nice if it connected to the top end of the pocket-clip lever, making this a secure, temporary place of storage.
5 Stars By Cembalista on 1969-12-31
No more bent nibs!
This pencil is fantastic. I was a fan of the Graph Gear 500 for its lightweight feel, but I bent one too many tips of them. The 1000 solves that problem effortlessly, as the whole mechanism snaps back into the safety of the metal barrel when you flick the clip up. That feature alone has probably saved me having to buy several pencils! I've gotten tons of complements on these pencils, and find that I don't let them out of my sight because I like them so much and because of their shiny silver color, so I'm no longer losing pencils on a regular basis. I may have spent more for these pencils, but I'm still probably spending the same amount of money on pencils, because I protect these more!
5 Stars By Mark Luna on 2015-10-22
This pencil paired with Ain Stein lead refills is the best combination. I like the feel and the weight. No problems whatsoever. I would recommend it.
UPDATE: I purchased this in October 2015. It is now February 2016. The pencil no longer pushes lead forward so it has just stopped working for me. It was great while it lasted. I'll probably see what other options are out there before considering this again. Shame because it's a really nice looking pencil.
UPDATE 2: I was looking through other pencils and saw something that gave me an idea. It turns out there was a small piece of lead stuck inside the barrel that didn't allow it to feed more lead. I pushed it out by inserting lead through the outside and the little piece came out. Now it's working normal again. Although I feel this may still happen again which will be very annoying, at least I know this pencil still works and is still worth the price. Back to 5 stars you go.