The P1035 Sharp Kerry mechanical pencil is perhaps the premier pencil in the Pentel range. It is a rather unique two piece design where there is a cap (much like with a fountain pen) that fits onto the front end of the pencil when not in use and onto the top end of the pencil when in use, when it becomes part of the pencil and its mechanism. When clipped on to the top end the push button top on the cap then pushes on to the button on top of the body to activate the ratchet lead mechanism. This cap system is an intriguing design and it introduces a deliberate extra step into the process of getting ready to use the pencil. Thats great if you are one who likes the steps and feeling of "getting prepared". I must mention that sometimes my pencil has an annoying little rattle when first used, but it seems to go away fairly quickly, as if it was temperature related.
The Sharp Kerry comes in a variety of colours and lead sizes. Mine is 0.5mm lead, and a very attractive blue colour. There is a milky sort of opalescent lustre to the blue. The cap is metal whereas the blue body sections are plastic. There are flow lines in the plastic which some might consider decoration, but really I just see a flaw. The chrome metal trims complete the picture but the front tip is matt which I find a bit questionable. I think it might look better with all trims being chrome.
The pocket clip is the standard Pentel metal clip - functional but not spring loaded. There is a small eraser under the cap button, and the leads are refilled under the body button. Putting the body button back on doesn't usually activate the lead mechanism! The long metal lead sleeve means this pencil is usable for draughting work. It's not retractable, but the cap eliminates the need for that anyway. At 9mm diameter the grip section is a little smaller than my preference, and this pencil is defintely not top heavy.
"Kerry, since 1971" is marked on the cap, along with "Pentel, 0.5, P1035, Japan". That's great, I always like the full details. The Pentel website calls this the Sharp Kerry, which did produce some comments about Pentel expressing their political preferences, and would they be releasing the Dull Bush model. But wherever you are on the political spectrum, there's no denying that the Sharp Kerry is another mechanical pencil masterpiece from Pentel.
- Best Points - The cap design concept
- Not So Good Points - Can't think of anything significant!
- Price range - Low / Mid
Dimensions - Length124mm capped, 132mm in writing mode. Diameter - 11mm at widest part, 9mm at grip section. Balance point 65mm up from tip.