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The Paper Mate Clear Point Mechanical Pencil

Reviewing: Papermate Paper Mate Clear Point  |  Rating:
squimpleton By squimpleton on
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The Clear point mechanical pencil was love at first sight for me. Yes, it's only a pencil, but it does what others fail to do. If you've used any of the cheap mechanical mass-produced pencils you probably know that 1) They're uncomfortable 2) The erasers are too small and are used too quickly 3) When you use up a pencil but still have the stub in, it makes it harder to change the lead 4) There is never enough lead.

Well this pencil does everything right. First off the grip has rough edges which allow you to hold on to the pen much better. The eraser is about 3 times as big as regular mechanical pencil erasers. The best part is that you twist it up or down, so you actually get to use it all. Also, to overcome the issue of replacing the lead, instead of taking off the eraser to replace the lead, you take off the cap that holds the eraser. This is much easier. Now, because the cap's twist controls the eraser, there needed a new way to click the lead out. So the clicker is on the side of the pencil. At first it takes a while to get used to, but after a few uses it becomes second nature.

Also, the pencil is pretty.

I did have one complaint though. Mechanical pencils should be tough, but mine broke halfway nearly 20 minutes after I bought it. (To be fair, it was in a bag with 4 cans of soup, but still...) . Though glue and tape did fix it, and this is now my favorite writing utensil ever, I still wish it could be totally intact.