Stabilo EASYergo 1.4mm Mechanical PencilBack in April 2009 I reviewed the Stabilo ‘s move easyergo mechanical pencil. Whilst I was reasonably impressed with the pencil, I certainly was not impressed with that monstrosity of a name. Well, it seems that Stabilo have had a bit of a rethink and the ‘s move bit has gone, turning an abomination into something far more palatable. Hoo-rah for that, good on you Stabilo.
It’s been out for a while, but now there is a 1.4mm lead version to compliment the original 3.15mm version.
Advertised as suitable for ages 7+ I think this 1.4mm pencil is an excellent addition to the range. I was never totally convinced about the use of 3.15mm lead in the original version and feel that 1.4mm is a good choice – strong enough to handle the demands of learner writers yet fine enough to not require sharpening.
As pictured here, you unscrew the top half of the body to access the lead magazine.
Like the original version there is an absolute minimum of separable parts in this mechanical pencil, an important consideration when dealing with young investigative but easily distracted minds.
I noted that the packaging did not state any country of origin. Informed sources have since advised me that apparently EU rules only allow a country of origin statement when it is in all (17?) official languages and clearly Stabilo only use a subset of the official languages. As to it’s actual country of origin, well, like many manufactured goods that’s a complicated little game. Apparently the two-shot grip zone piece is made by Stabilo in Germany, and the remaining parts (except for the mechanism) are made by Stabilo in the Czech Republic. The lead mechanism is purchased from Japan, the leads from Korea, and the final assembly and packaging are done by Stabilo in the Czech Republic. I will leave you to decide country of origin.
Anyway, if you are in the market for a pencil for younger folk, then I suggest you check out the Stabilo EASYergo range.
This EASYergo 1.4mm mechanical pencil was given to me by Cult Pens.