This mechanical pencil has the same protective, retractable tip as the Vanishing Point, but it’s only $6, half the price. I have been using them for about 2 years. The pencil has a good weight to it – not too heavy and not too light . It uses 3 lead fills and is available in .5 or .7mm. There is also a twist mechanism for the eraser, that helps protect it when not in use.