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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Penac The Pencil

While visiting a new stationery shop close to my home I have spotted an interesting mechanical pencil. Actually, it was The Pencil!
The Pencil by Penac in a blue two-tone body and 0.9 mm lead.

The Pencil is made in Japan and it cost me around 1.5 eur, so it was very affordable.

product code SA2005-03 Made in Japan
The barrel of The Pencil has a triangular shape and it is thick enough that it is comfortable. The edges of the triangular barrel are a lighter shade of blue while the flat parts are a bit darker. The plastic is nice to touch, it has that soft plastic feel to it. The grip on it is great, there is no chance it will slip in the hand, and also it is a comfortable shape. It doesn't bother me at all writing with it for longer periods of time. I am a bit curious how will this soft plastic handle the test of time.
But again, I am talking about The Pencil, not any mechanical pencil, of course, it is comfortable and it caresses your hand every time you pick it up.
Penac The Pencil 0.9 Japan is printed on the barrel in a white silver font.
It has a clean design with no pocket clip, but you don't have to worry about it falling off the table because of its shape.
The front cone is made out of a different plastic, a more standard glossy type. It even features a retractable plastic tip which works just fine. The opposite end of the pencil is a bit extravagant. I say this because it has a cap like most mechanical pencils but this one has a hole in it and no eraser under. Actually, there is nothing under it, as I found out after pulling on it like an idiot. It is just the end piece connected to the interior tube that holds the leads by two clips, and it is non-removable. When I realized this I was a bit upset, because in my head this meant you can only have one lead in the pencil, and no reserves. But with a little bit of clever design on Penac side (once more doubting The Pencil), you can fit multiple leads inside without them spilling out when you turn the pencil upside down. Of course, if you overfill it they will fall eventually but with a few leads, there are no problems.
The end cap with a hole inside is not detachable and is inserted in the lead barrel about 1 cm. The inside of the end cap is a bit smaller compared to the lead barrel and connected with 2 clips, thus creating a little bit of space between the endcap and the lead barrel. If you turn the pencil upside down the leads will get stuck in this space instead of falling through the hole.
 

The design works very well and I really enjoy this "neat" feature as I never use the erasers that come with mechanical pencils.
|A small negative to The Pencil is as you can see all the internal parts are made out of plastic, so the durability of it is questionable.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Penac Chubby and Faber Castell Grip Plus

Two different brands of stationary, same mechanical pencil.

Faber Castell Grip Plus:
The mechanical pencil comes in a plastic body with 4 available colors (green metallic, blue metallic, black metallic, red metallic). It has a triangular rubber grip and a twist eraser. The clip is plastic similar to that on the Grip Matic.
As the mechanical pencil is for general writing purpose you have the option of 0.7 mm lead. Also, there is a less common 1.4 mm lead size version. It has a slide back sleeve and spring lead protection, for when you push too hard on the pencil.
faber castell grip plus vs penac chubby

Penac Chubby 10:
Penac is a Japanese brand produced by the Kotobuki & Co Ltd. Chubby 10 is a large grip, "jumbo" by the producer standards. The pencil has a plastic body. You can choose between 0.7 and 0.5 lead. Available colors are blue for the 0.7 mm and black for the 0.5 mm.
It has a twist eraser, PVC free the same as the Faber Castell. It features cushioned lead and a sliding sleeve, the same as the Faber Castell.

faber castell grip plus vs penac chubby



The only thing that seems to differ is the clip. The grip is slightly different also, but not much.
The real difference comes in price though, where the Penac is half the price of the Faber Castell.