Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil

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I’ve been testing Pentel’s Sharp Kerry mechanical pencil for over a year now, and I’m ready to give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. I’m a graphic designer by trade and, in addition to everyday use, I find it to be an excellent tool for sketching out ideas on a tracing paper pad. (I’m partial to Bienfang Parchment 100 Fine Tracing Paper.)

This is a precision-made instrument: fairly heavy, made from metal and plastic. It’s unique in that it features a removable cap that when placed on the other end still functions to advance the lead with a click of the button. You pull the cap off and click it back onto the opposite end of the pencil; an action that makes me feel as though I’m about to draw something brilliant.

I found it by searching around for a mechanical pencil that was well-balanced, moderately heavy, and handsome to look at. Do the same and you’re likely to find the Sharp Kerry is mentioned by more than a few pencil aficionados as one of the best.

-- Chuck Green  

[I promptly ordered this pencil after reading Chuck's review as its cap solved a significant problem I have had in the past where sharp pencils tear through pockets. After a week of heavy use, I have to agree that this is one of the best pencils I have ever used.--OH ]

Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil
Available in 0.5 mm and 0.7 mm lead sizes
$15

Available from Amazon

Manufactured by Pentel