Maybe lots of people will disagree with me, but I’m always somewhat surprised by how few Pentel mechanical pencils have retractable sleeves. Pentel really seem to prefer fixed sleeves on their pencils which is fine, but not so good for the general writer and their pocket. So, I thought it was time I got around to the Technica-X, a Pentel vanishing point pencil.
Right, well that’s the mechanism. What about the grip? It’s a fairly standard sort of rubber grip. A medium hardness compound so there is the tiniest fraction of movement under hand pressure. The grip diameter is a little on the wider side of average. There are concentric grooves to improve the grip. (?!?) As with many rubber grips, I am unimpressed by the surface of the rubber feeling slightly slippery, almost as if it has some oil or silicon on it. I note that a long finger-like part of the rubber grip moulding runs up the main bodyThis doesn’t appear to have any purpose and makes me suspect it’s simply covering up something – like the slot where a side clicker button would go. I was intending to do some comparisons with my other pencils and see if the PW45 main body was the body of some other pencil, but circumstances have conspired to scotch that idea. So, if you happen to do the comparison, let us know.
The usual “occasional-use only” small eraser is found under the push-top button. You remove the eraser to access the lead magazine. It is difficult to put the top-button back on without operating the lead-advance mechanism.The pocket clip works well. It slides easily onto a shirt pocket, and off when required. The tip of the clip is clearly a bit better than many similar tips that are simply folded under to make the clasp.
In the hand the overall feel of the Technica-X is quite good. It’s a got a little more weight than most similarly sized plastic pencils and the balance is good. I quite like the smooth flowing shape of the overall look. Smooth and streamlined. Markings on the body are “Pental Japan” moulded in at the top of the body, and “Technica-X, PW45, 0.5, 9b” printed on the body. The “9b” is very small, and I’ve got no idea what it signifies.Bearing in mind the price range this pencil fits into, it’s a pretty good score. With this in mind I’m surprised Pentel USA only offer it in 2 versions - 0.5mm red body or black body. Does this imply it’s not a great seller?
- Best Points – Vanishing point.
- Not So Good Points – Not much really - the rubber grip?
- Price Range – Economy.
Dimensions – Length 13mm, diameter 11mm at widest part of grip. Balance point about 60mm up from the tip.