Parker Jotter Mechanical Pencil Video Review

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zctEfYT1GU

The Jotter is a classic writing instrument that has been around for decades.  It personifies the small, functional, everyday writer.  A reviewed a modern brushed steel variant and my future plans include investigating vintage models, which may vary in quality!

Pros:  Small and unobtrusive, good for people with small hands or who like skinny grips, easy access to eraser in the modern machined version.

Cons: Brushed steel is a tad slippery, mechanism is soft, body screw threads are looser than the classic

Writing Experience: Good (a tad slippery, but still easy to write with)

Quality: Good (this may vary considerably depending upon the age of the Jotter in question: updates to follow as I explore)

Features: Good (this gets a bump over what I would normally rate here because of the quasi-pocket safety and the elegant overall design)

Cost: Cheap (I paid 15 USD for brushed stainless steel, you can get the plastic bottomed variety for around 10 USD.  These are becoming hard to find at retail stores in the US since Office Max/Depot discontinued Parker products with their merger)

The Parker Jotter has forced me to follow through on the dissatisfaction I’ve had recently for only five honorable mentions.  I feel that there are so many good pencils out there that my ratings need to evolve to encourage people to check out really good pencils whose only crime is that they don’t make my Top Ten.  So, I’m increasing my honorable mentions to ten pencils.  The Pilot S3, Tombow Mono Graph Shaker, Rotring Tikky and Staedtler Triplus Micro return to the Honorable Mentions list, and I’m adding the Parker Jotter as well.  These all have their Pros and Cons so they are listed alphabetically.  Several of those are unlikely to stay there, but I feel that this will give more info to people on fine pencils they should check out.

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) Lamy 2000

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: OK, Price: Expensive/Luxury

6) Tombow Zoom 505sh

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

7) Pentel Sharp P20X

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

8) Pentel Twist Erase GT

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

9) Pentel Energize Deluxe

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

10) Uni Shift Pipe-lock

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

Honorable mentions (in alphabetical order):

Alvin Draft/Matic, Parker Jotter, Pilot RexGripPilot S3, Rotring TikkyStaedtler Mars micro 775, Staedtler Triplus Micro 774,  Tombow Mono Graph ShakerUni Kuru Toga, Zebra Delguard

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