Pros:Comfort grip, refillable leads and erasers, color assortment, smooth write.
Cons:A little fatter than regular automatic pencils.
The Bottom Line: A nice smooth writing automatic pencil but a bit too expensive for me.
Recommend this product?
As mundane as it may seem to some people, picking out the perfect automatic pencil can be a very taxing thing. With so many different styles, leads, erasers, comfort grips and designs to choose from you really can feel like Goldilocks. One might have a good feel to it but the lead smears, another might have a strong eraser but the barrel is poorly made and feels like it's going to snap when you apply the least bit of pressure to it. The TechniClick from Pentel isn't new, it's been on the market for a while now. Why was I so reluctant to try it out? The three dollar price tag was the biggest factor but now that I've had the chance to use this for about a month at home and at the shop I've changed my overall view of this. I'm not saying that it is worth three dollars but if you can find it on sale or for about a dollar fifty then it is worth checking out if you do a lot of erasing or want something that you can purchase eraser and lead refills for to further its desk life. Maybe Santa will read this and toss a few of them in my stocking this year. I asked for a new computer but I'm not holding my breath.
Pentel TechniClick Grip Automatic Pencil
If you are someone that goes for cool looking writing supplies then the TechniClick won't disappoint you in the least. I grabbed a few of these when Staples had them on sale but they were out of the color choices I really wanted [dark green and pink]. I settled for the violet, black and navy blue but I'm not giving up on finding the illusive orange that I saw at a website that was selling the TechniClick for .97 cents each. Let me stress this and make it perfectly clear; these take regular lead so the color barrel you pick has nothing to do with what you see on paper. Simply put, it all comes down to your own color preference. I'm sure that there is some obscure site or store that sells color lead refills for automatic pencils but even I, a self professed office supply junkie, am not willing to let my addiction go to that depth.
So what makes this so nice to have? To start with there is a small but well placed grip area that makes writing a pure pleasure. Most automatic and mechanical pencils that have this type of grip area go a little overboard with it but Pentel kept it to a one inch area. The lead advance is at the back end of the pencil and clicks smoothly; likewise refilling it with lead is an easy thing to do. The eraser is oversized so cleaning up large areas is never a problem. You do get a color coordinated cap for the eraser but they do get lost easily so don't plan on having them around for more than a few weeks before they are misplaced. This is a .3mm lead so you are going to get fine lines from it, if this is too thin a line for your taste then go with the .5mm or .7mm. When picking out the refill leads and erasers make sure you are going with the TechniClick compatible products in the correct lead size.
You can find these at larger office supply stores for about $3.00 but if you are a thrifty shopper you'll wait until they are on sale. As I mentioned, Staples had these for $1.50 and that was the cheapest I could find them. The perk to these is that the lead and erasers can be refilled so as long as the barrel is in good shape you can get a lot of use from it. The barrel is slightly oversized so the thickness of it may take a little getting used to but I didn't have any problem writing with it from the first day. Color choices are limited if you are shopping online; most sites don't give you the ability to pick out the color you want so you are stuck with what ever is available or what ever the picker chooses for you. For those who have to be completely coordinated, Pentel does make a companion TechniClick pen in the same color choices as the automatic pencil [navy blue, green, teal, purple, black, orange, pink and gray].
The Bottom Line
I'm not disappointed with the way that this has performed at the office and at home but I would be hard pressed to pay three dollars for it. Sure it writes nice, has a great comfort grip area and can be refilled but it is an automatic pencil. If I can get this for $1.50 or less then I will definitely buy more of them but at three bucks a pop, that is more than I am willing to spend on something that is, ultimately, going to get lost or stolen. These are something that I would recommend to people who do a lot of writing or take notes for school; the only reason for that recommendation is that they can be refilled and have the comfort grip. These are very attractive automatic pencils that do write well but to me they just aren't worth three dollars. Now, if they came with some lead and eraser refills then that would make the deal a whole lot more attractive.
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