I have previously reviewed the TK-Fine Vario L, Faber-Castell’s top of the line offering in technical or draughting pencils. Now it’s time for the closely related TK-Fine Executive, whose name would imply it’s their top of the line pencil for general writing and office work. Faber-Castell’s website actually makes the statement that this pencil is “Ideal for time-planning systems”. The Executive and Vario L share the majority of their componentry.
The grip on the Executive is plastic rather than metal as on the Vario L, but that’s basically the only difference in the grips. For me, this grip still had the problems of the Vario L’s grip. Basically it is just too narrow and not really comfortable for me. Faber-Castell advertises it as an “ergonomic grip zone”. Well, I’d say it was an unsuccessful ergonomic grip zone. It is perhaps a little less slippery than the Vario L’s metal version of the grip, so that still leaves the Vario L holding the title of “the worst grip I have used in a very long time.” This review has ended up a bit shorter and more of a mini comparison than I intended, but it’s what my fingers ended up typing when I started.
The label stuck on my pencil includes the wording “Made In Japan”.
- Best Points – the eraser.
- Not So Good Points – the grip.
- Price Range – Low.
Dimensions – Length 153mm, diameter 8mm at grip section. Balance point about 70mm up from the tip.