A long time ago I told a reader I would review this pencil, and then didn’t. So, it’s been a long time coming, but finally we are here.
The Sharplet-2 is clearly a fairly plain simple design, and you might expect it to be an economy range or price-fighter model. However, Pentel price it well above quite a few of their other pencils so clearly they do not think of it that way. So that’s something to bear in mind during the review.
The main body is a simple round tube. At the lower end there is a series of concentric grooved rings to create a grip zone. They are quite successful and provide a good grip.
The front tip section is a smooth plain tapering cone. It is screwed onto the body. There are some interesting marks moulded into the top of the cone section which look like they might be designed for grip when the tip is being automatically screwed onto the body by some machine. Hopefully you can see all this in the photo below. These innards all look a step above the economy grade.The tip finishes with a short thin round metal lead sleeve. It is only about 2mm long so not really suitable for draughting (or drafting). As is common with so many Pentels it is a fixed sleeve and thus not pocket safe.The Sharplet-2 is definitely a lightweight pencil, so balance is basically unimportant. It is also a reasonably narrow pencil and thus not suitable for those who like a bigger or heavier pencil. The Sharplet-2 is more for those who don’t like to be reminded that their pencil is in their hand.
Up at the top end of the pencil we have a black cap. No surprise that you push on it to get lead out the other end, or that you pull it off to reveal a small eraser, which in turn pulls out to allow the lead magazine to be refilled.The black cap is a friction fit onto the white tubing, and I can see it being lost over time. Ten clicks on the cap will get you about 5mm of 0.5mm lead, which is a small amount for a general writing pencil.
The Pentel website notes the Sharplet-2 features an ‘adjustable metal pocket clip’ but doesn’t give any information on this adjustability. In the absence of instructions I’m left to draw my own conclusions. So, it appears the adjustability is that as the body is smooth and round and the metal clip is just friction fitted on, you can slide the pocket clip up and down the body to your desired position, or you could slide it right off the top and remove it. Personally I like it just where it is, up at the top of the barrel. I don’t like it when my pencil rolls around on my desk so a pocket clip is always a welcome anti-roll device to me.
Like most Pentels, the marking on the pencil is fairly extensive – name, model number, lead size, etc.
- Best Points – The grip zone is quite effective.
- Not So Good Points – Mechanism should advance more lead per click.
- Price Range – Economy.
- Does this pencil make it into the Top 5? – Good question. I’ll have to go through the existing Top 5 one by one to decide. So, does it deserve to replace the Pentel Energize? Definitely not. The Pentel Technica-X? No. The Staedtler Graphite 777? Umm….No. The Pentel Techniclic? Ahhhhhh….Maybe. The Staedtler Tri-Plus Micro? Definitely not. The problem is, the Sharplet-2 is rather plain, dare I say ordinary, and surely the Top 5 is for the extraordinary? On that basis, the Techniclic has that little something extra, and so it’s a mighty close call but the Techniclic stays in the Top 5, and there is no room for the Sharplet-2. I don’t think I’m being paid enough to make these sort of hard decisions.
Dimensions – Length 141mm, diameter 8mm. Balance point about 75mm up from the tip.