Pencil Review: Uni 3-Color Erasable Mechanical Pencil

Pencil Review: Uni 3-Color Erasable Mechanical Pencil

In a recent JetPens shipment, I purchased the Uni Color 3 Erasable Multi Mechanical Pencil  0.5 mm in Pure White ($8.25) which is a 3-color multi-pencil. While I suspect you could “build your own” multi-color multi-pencil by purchasing several pencil inserts for a multi-pen, this is a simpler and probably less expensive route for carrying…

Colored Pencil Review: Uni EMOTT Color Mechanical Pencils

Colored Pencil Review: Uni EMOTT Color Mechanical Pencils

Review by Tina Koyama Whenever I see colored leads for mechanical pencils, I have a two-fold reaction: The first is to feel tingly with anticipation as I always do about any colored pencil I haven’t (yet) tried. This feeling is almost immediately followed by skepticism, which is an annoying but realistic buzz-kill. I’ve tried many…

Pencil Review: Zebra Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils (set of 12 + 2 bonus)

I visited Wonder Fair in Lawrence, KS this weekend and was delighted to find the new Zebra Zensations 2mm mechanical colored pencils. Wonder Fair stocks the set of 12 ($11.76) as well as individual pencils ($0.90 each). The cost for these softly-rounded triangular, plastic, click-advance colored pencils was too good to pass up. I know…

Pencil Review: Caran d’Ache Klein Blue 2mm Fixpencil

Pencil Review: Caran d’Ache Klein Blue 2mm Fixpencil

Review by Tina Koyama Once I grabbed onto the Caran d’Ache Klein Blue Maxi pencil, the slope became slippery. I had already had my eye on the Klein Blue Fixpencil ($52), which I had resisted for a while . . . until I realized that it came with Klein Blue leads! And the leads are…

Pencil Review: Caran d’Ache Fixpencil 884 and M+R Lead Pointer

Review by Tina Koyama First, I must begin by admitting that I am not a huge user of mechanical pencils. Though I use clutches with certain art materials, I’ve always preferred woodcased pencils to write with. Call me fussy, but many mechanicals I’ve tried are either too heavy, too light, too cold, or just too…

Mechanical Pencil Lead Review: Caran d’Ache 2mm Colored Leads

Mechanical Pencil Lead Review: Caran d’Ache 2mm Colored Leads

Review by Tina Koyama Mechanical pencils and lead holders are not a large part of my (otherwise vast) stationery stash. I have a few clutches for art materials, and I keep a couple of mechanicals on principle, but I love woodcased pencils so much more for tactical and esthetic reasons that I don’t reach for…

Pencil Review: Kaweco Special 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil

The Kaweco Special 0.7mm mechanical pencil is a bit wider pencil than I expected. It feels in the hand like a jumbo pencil. Luckily the anodized metal, hexagonal octagonal finish is warm and soft in the hand and quite comfortable. I thought the metal finish might be too slick but its not a shiny finish…