Pilot Fure Fure Corone Mechanical Pencil Review

Better than most economy pencils on the market, the Fure Fure Corone is a feature-rich pencil that should be amongst the top choices for any enthusiast for daily use.

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I’m not going to mince words, the Fure Fure Corone is cute as a button.  Adorable even.  But aesthetics notwithstanding, it packs a powerful array of features for a pencil so cheap.

The body of the pencil itself is a basic plastic cylinder.  It is translucent plastic with white polka dots on the top two thirds.  The colors include: pink, brown, blue, violet, aquamarine (labelled green?) and orange.  Many of the colors are challenging to find. The pencil comes in two lead sizes: 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm.  The two I received are 0.3 mm in violet and 0.5 mm in orange.

I have never reviewed a 0.3 mm pencil before so there is a first for everything.  0.3 mm is for drafters who really want that thin line.  Prone to breakage, you’ll never extend lead beyond the minimum to write! 0.3 mm lead is not as difficult to find as you would think.  It is, of course, available online, but most art stores also carry it if they carry drafting pencils.  Blick Art Supplies almost always stocks it.

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The lead sleeve is retractable.  Yay!  The body of the pencil has difficult to spot horizontal and vertical grooves that make the pencil easier to grip without being annoying.  Its a good grip for people who like to grip close to the lead sleeve, like me, and for people who have smaller hands, like me.  Rounding out the full barrell experience is the fact that this is a shaker pencil that will advance the lead on a few shakes.  The shaker spring is visible through the plastic of the body.  Supposedly the shaker noise was “reduced by 30%” for this line and I have heard louder shakers.  That isn’t really a selling point for me in that I don’t need to be quiet when I use pencils, but maybe you like that?  Yay for you! 🙂

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The top of the pencil consists of a plastic pocket clip that isn’t bad but that limits what you can clip without it breaking or the pencil falling off.  The pencil takes Pilot HERNFE-10 erasers, which fit the OPT Shaker, 2020, RexGrip, and many other Pilot mechanical pencils.  It is covered by an eraser cap, which are usually more of an annoyance than an aide.  There is a fair amount of play in the lead tube when you erase, which is a common problem on many economy pencils.

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It should say “Corone”, not “Corona” above.  As a scientist my brain defaults to “corona”, as in the outer layer of a star that ejects plasma into space, not Corona the beer.  The actual name of the pencil comes from the French/Spanish with the latin root “corone” meaning
“crown.”  Fure would seem to mean “flower” or “blossom”, so crown of flowers?  I may be missing the intended meaning here.

It may be difficult to see in the image, but I provided this writing sample to attempt to show the difference between the two diameters.  It is really easy to break the 0.3 mm lead with too much extension or pressure.  Maybe I just have a heavy hand.  Regardless, I definitely see utility for 0.3 mm in the right application.  If you need a thin line, its there!

The Fure Fure Corone is closely related to several other economy Pilot pencils:  the 2020 (which I will review in the coming weeks) and the RexGrip,which I like quite a lot.  I prefer the grip of the RexGrip to this pencil, but they’re both great economy pencils.

Pros: Solid features for an economy pencil, good grip for a body design of this type

Cons: Play in eraser, pocket clip not the strongest

Writing Experience:  Good

Quality: Good (an economy pencil, but Pilot makes the best economy pencils)

Features: Good (retractable sleeve, shaker mechanism, small eraser)

Cost: Economy (~3.30 USD on Amazon/Jetpens)

Top Ten?  No, but it’s a very close call.  I’m going to bump the Rotring Tikky off of the Honorable Mentions list (yes, immediately after it was re-added) and place the Fure Fure Corone on the list in its stead!

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 Fure Fure Corone, Pilot RexGripPilot S3, Rotring TikkyStaedtler Mars micro 775, Staedtler Triplus Micro 774,  Tombow Mono Graph ShakerUni Kuru Toga, Zebra Delguard

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