TWSBI Precision Retractable Mechanical Pencil Video Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MC9r77zfMY

Pros: Solid grip and construction, all metal interior, medium knurling (neither too rough or smooth), solid tip of lead sleeve, great eraser, nice styling, excellent balance, lots of value at the price point.

Cons:  Lead advance mechanism sounds a little “tinny”/”squeeky”

Writing Experience: Great (great hand feel, balanced knurling, weighted nicely)

Quality: Great (all metal construction, plenty of accompaniments with purchase, lifetime warranty, but tinny/squeaky noise in mechanism could be from metal on metal)

Features: Great (Best balance of all features for pencils in this style (retractable drafting), especially the eraser)

Cost: Moderate (25 USD consistently across all vendors…Amazon/Goulet Pens/TWSBI, great price for the package)

The Top Ten:

1) Rotring Rapid Pro

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Superb, Features: Good+, Price: Expensive

2) TWSBI Precision

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Great, Price: Moderate

3) Pentel Sharp Kerry

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Great, Price: Moderate

4) Pilot S20

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Good, Price: Expensive

5) Tombow Zoom 505sh

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good, Features: Good, Price: Expensive

6) Pentel Sharp P20X

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good, Features: Good, Price: Cheap

7) Pentel Twist Erase GT

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good, Features: Great, Price: Cheap

8) Tombow Mono Graph Shaker

Writing Experience: Good, Quality: Good, Features: Good, Price: Cheap

Pentel Graphgear 1000

Writing Experience: OK, Quality: Good+, Features: Great, Price: Moderate

9) Uni Shift Pipe-lock

Writing Experience: Good, Quality: Good, Features: OK, Price: Moderate

10) Alvin Draft/Matic

Writing Experience: Good, Quality: Good, Features: Good, Price: Moderate

Honorable mentions (in alphabetical order):  Pilot RexGripPilot S3Staedtler Triplus Micro 774, Uni Kuru Toga, Zebra Delguard

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28 thoughts on “TWSBI Precision Retractable Mechanical Pencil Video Review

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  25. Konstantin

    Mr. Fryda, sorry, I have a some limitation in perception in English (ok, US) spoken language perception by some reason (native speakers are rare in our neck of the woods). So, forgive me for following silly questions:
    – Why rOtring 600, not a TWSBI fixed?
    – Why rOtring 800, not a TWSBI retractable?
    – Why you have not described a 2mm version of Rapid Pro? 2mm is a good choice if you not reject a probability of writing on a concrete walls etc.
    – What about a “800” in 2mm “caliber”? Amazon sells it, Ebay sells it, even your beloved Jetpens sells it. No allusions about it in rotring.com… Amazon/Ebay sellers wrote me “we can not answer to you question”, Rotring has not responded yet. Is it a forgery or what?
    – Which coating of a rOtring is more immune to scratches – black or silver?
    – Why the top 10 is different in any article where you diescribe a pencils? I know, you opinion has changed with time but any kind of synchronization can be on webpage – i assume it is impossible on videos. Or you can to establish a page named “current top 10” and renew it time to time.

    BTW, about plastic parts. People loves metal much more and prefer it rather than plastic, especially if they have not met silumin ))))) before. As for me, I have a doubt what is better for wearing resistance: a brass – steel pair or a metal – caprolon pair (a poliamyde-6 in common denomination) and metal – ftoroplast ( polytetafluoroplastic, teflon for you can to interpret).

    I start to watch you videos when i decided to buy a replacement for a koh-i-noor 2mm leadholder – stolen or lost during work trip. I wanted a 2mm, metal pencil with triangle (if possible) metal barrel and not a simple clutch – i.e. not “when you push a button, the lead drops out completely”. I think that somewhere exist a 2mm pencil with mechanism same to 0.5/0.7 mechanism. I found a Chinese copy of Rotring 600 – Redcircle 600, an original Rapid Pro and probably fake 2mm “800” which is most attractive (I mean). I read a report on Amazon – one guy have broken a Rapid Pro leaning to the table with a pocket where “victim” was situated. Exactly across its plastic red ring with plastic thread. So if I shall summon my strength to buy a pencil in 2mm, I shall go to a “800” even it is a forgery, else if I want a fixed, i shall go to a TWSBI Precision and if i want a folding – i shall go to a “800” or TWSBI.
    All it drained me completely, sorry that i have spent you time. You can to kill me in MWO on meeting, but i very rarely happen there.

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    1. klecser Post author

      That’s a really big comment. I’ll try to address some of your points. 1) TWSBI pencils have two aspects that make the Rotrings better, in my opinion. First, TWSBI are a bit too heavy for my tastes. Second, the grip isn’t as secure in my hand as the knurling on the Rotrings. 2) I haven’t described all pencils because I have limited funds. I can’t afford to buy every pencil out there. I do not hold the same interests in 2 mm as you do. 3) Different Rotring pencils have been offered for sale at different times. Jetpens lists a 2 mm 800 lead holder. They likely aren’t forgeries, but may be early offerings of different lines of pencils. 4) So far I only have black versions of the Rotrings so I can’t comment on the wear of different colors. 5) If you look at the top of my blog, there is a link called “Top Ten Mechanical Pencils” that I update as I change the Top Ten. I have no plans to apologize for the fact that my Top Ten is mutable and therefore different in different posts and on my YouTube Channel. I am not intending to be a comprehensive source for mechanical pencils for people but to simply blog and make videos about a hobby for recreation. If I can help someone I’m happy about that, of course. But given that I’m a busy professional with a family and a home to maintain, I have no plans to change how I blog or make videos. Good luck in your quest to find a pencil that suits you!

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  26. Konstantin

    Thank you for a response, i have not expected it absolutely.
    I assume that gathering all pencils in the Earth is not a mission of life. And, sorry, I am not a web programmer, only in some series of automation controllers.
    I am not a collector of anything, only suffer with bouts of consumer perfectionism time to time. (bicycle, catalitic handwarmer, flashlight, pencil – now).
    Those bouts are painfully because wast my leisure hours almost completely in some period and i wish to reduce it and consult a expert .
    So when you published a series you have denoted yourself as expert. [s] Be patient now 🙂 [/s]
    Good luck.

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