Porsche P3110 TecFlex Pencil Steel
Great mechanical pencil
There are two reasons to spend this much on a mechanical pencil: you like the design, and you want a pencil that has heft. I like the looks of it, and it is cool the way the sheath compresses when you advance the lead, and then returns to normal. I also very much like the feel of it in my hand.
May 7, 2013
Built like the Proverbial Panzer (Tank)
I was a little nervous about plunking down a fair chunk of change on this pencil without having read any reviews, so I thought that I would help out those that follow, as this pencil may not be for everyone's tastes. Aesthetically, this is a beautifully constructed pencil, with the shimmering effect of the barrel being just stunning. That being said, note that this is a very solid, fairly heavy instrument, (which I happen to like), which is also fairly thick in the hand, (think fountain pen-like dimensions). It initially felt a little cumbersome to write with, but I very quickly grew to like the feel. The eraser cap on the end of the pencil threads on with well-machined German precision, and is as useless as they all are on any decent mechanical pencil...
Now - an IMPORTANT OBSERVATION which almost caused me to return it until I figured it out: When I first took the pencil out of the case and tried it, the tip for the lead at the very end of the pencil felt just slightly loose, which I found really annoying and confusing for such a remarkably solid pencil... THE TIP MAY BE SLIGHTLY LOOSE when you get it. The interior barrel screws into the INSIDE of the tip of the pencil - you have to screw off the tip from the barrel, (the interior cartridge will come with it), and FINGER TIGHTEN the cartridge into the inside of the tip; then, screw the tip back onto the outer barrel.
After that, the pencil felt like a rock. If you lean towards solid writing instruments, then this is your baby!
May 26, 2011