I had always thought that Jedo was a Korean brand of mechanical pencils, but apparently I’m completely wrong. I’m told that in Korean, Jedo can be used as a noun or a verb, "Je" means make something, and "do" means graph, thus Jedo translates as graph work. Many technical or drafting style pencils are labelled Jedo, and it appears the word is not trademarked or brand registered so basically anyone can call their pencil a Jedo this or that. Websites of European companies often divide their mechanical pencils into two categories – drafting and office (non-drafting). Similarly some Korean websites have two mechanical pencil sections – Jedo and non-Jedo.
You & Me Corp are a reasonably well-known Korean stationery company and “Feel Luck” is one of their main brands. I don’t know if they manufacture their own mechanical pencils or buy from another manufacturer, but there seems too be a lot of Jedo variants and clones so I suspect a small number of manufacturers and many brand distributors.
At first glance this pencil is reasonably appealing. Black body, chrome trims, fairly classical proportions. The only thing I have against it stylistically is the size and font of the printing on the barrel. It just doesn’t look right to my eyes.
The pencil is quite lightweight, much lighter in the hand than I expected. For some unknown reason I expected a rather substantial weight. The grip section is plain black smooth rubber. The compound has a very small amount of give under hand pressure, and is not particularly ‘grippy’. I don’t really think it enhances your grip much.
The tip section is a classical set of step-downs culminating in a 4mm thin pipe lead sleeve. Obviously intended for graph work and drafting as all Jedos should be. The lead sleeve is not retractable so equally obviously it will wreak havoc in your pocket.
In the middle of the body there is a lead hardness indicator, which is a simple twist ring without any detent system. The marked hardness grades are 2B to 4H including F.The printing of some of the hardness grades is not quite correctly aligned with the centre of the viewing window. It is only a minor imperfection, but one that top end manufacturers should not make. Also, the colour of the hardness ring seems a little washed out and cheap. I’m sure they could do better.
The pocket clip is springy steel and perfectly functional.
The lead advance mechanism is a push top ratchet. Ten clicks of the top button will get you 7mm of lead. The mechanism feels like it is good quality - smooth yet firm and positive. There is a small eraser beneath the push top button, and access to the lead refill chamber is beneath the eraser.
Despite all the marking on the body, the specific model number ‘3000’ is not marked on the pencil. That’s one of the reasons why I previously thought Jedo was the brand name. The ‘R & D Japan’ might lead some to believe this pencil was of Japanese manufacture.
Overall then this pencil seems perfectly reasonable, although as with all my reviews I can’t comment on its long term durability.
- Best Points – I like the look of the tip section. Mechanism feels good.
- Not So Good Points – Lead hardness indicator ring – its functional but not so pretty.
- Price Range – Low.
- Does this pencil make it into the Top 5? – No.
Dimensions – Length 139mm, diameter 9mm at main body. Balance point about 70mm up from the tip.