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Pros and cons of Pentel smash

Posted:August 19, 2017 Last updated:

Pentel smash grey-blue is sold at Amazon.co.jp now.
It’s one of “limited color” version of Pentel smash.

Many people loves “Pentel smash”.
I don’t have grey-blue version, but I have the black one.(normal color)

 

Why “smash” is so great?
+Pros

+NO slip grip
The “smash” features a “f3 grip”, conbined rows of raised silicone dots with a short brass barrel.
It has a double advantage:a slip-resist rubber grip and a rigid metal grip.

+NO rattling cap.
Smash head is coverd by a small accordion rubber bellow.
It saves us from rattling and trembling cap.

+The small clip doesn’t bother you.
Some mechanical pencils have a  long, decorated clip.
Yeah, it looks great.
But such clip often prevents our writing and drawing.
Smash  has a simple and short black plate clip.(it’s a same clip as “graph 1000’s.”)

+great durability
Not to say excellent though.

-Cons

-fixed 4mm pipe.(If you need retractable tip)
You might fear needle-like pipe of “smash”.
The 4mm needle pipe is common in drafting mechanical pencils,
but it might hurt your favorite pencil case, and it tends to bend easily than regular 3mm pipes.

-Resin barrel (When you love metal pencils.)
Pentel smash barrel is made of resin.(ABS)
You might disappoint with that fact.
To be honest, I prefer the metal barrel.

-No variety in the lead diameter.
“Smash” accepts 0.5mm lead only.
If you love 0.3, 0.7 or 0.9 lead(or 0.4, 2.0 maybe?), smash is not for you.

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