Pilot 2020 Super Grip Mechanical Pencil Review

The Pilot 2020 is one of several pencils in the company’s economy pencil line up.

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The 2020 is most like the Pilot Fure Fure Corone in every respect.  Just like the Fure Fure Corone, there is a retractable lead sleeve and shaker mechanism.  It comes in five neon colors: Blue, Red, Orange, Green, and Violet.  I really like the color options for a retractable sleeve pencil and I think I’ll get the Orange, Green and Violet for sure!

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Unlike the Fure Fure Corone, the 2020 sports a rubberized grip.  It has a thick ridge near the top and bottom of the grip.  I like this aspect of the grip.  I find it to be a solid anchor in the hand.  We could also compare the 2020 to the Pilot RexGrip, which is a less-textured rubberized grip and does not have a shaker mechanism.  I still feel strongly about the grip and the overall look of the RexGrip even though all of these pencils are very similar.

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The pocket clip is wider than the Fure Fure Corone and it seems a little sturdier.  The eraser cap comes off to reveal a standard Pilot eraser.  There is a little play in the eraser dock when erasing, but this isn’t different from any other economy Pilot pencil.

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The shaker mechanism (pictured blue spring) works just fine.  The mechanism sounds crisper to me than the Fure Fure Corone and dispenses 7 mm per ten clicks.  There likely isn’t any actual difference in the mechanisms, but to me the 2020 seems stronger.

Pros: decent grip and nice to write with, shaker, retractable sleeve, nice colors in lineup

Cons: Economy construction

How does it rate?

Writing Experience: Good (rubberized grip is good, shaker works fine, good lead extension)

Quality: Good (Clearly an economy pencil, but of Pilot quality)

Features: Good (retractable sleeve, shaker mechanism)

Price: Cheap (3.30 USD on Jetpens)

Top Ten?  Nope.

Honorable Mention?  I think that this pencil is an obvious upgrade to the Pilot Fure Fure Corone and can easily replace it on the Honorable Mentions list!

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) Lamy Safari

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

Honorable mentions (in alphabetical order):

Alvin Draft/Matic, Parker Jotter, Pentel Quicker Clicker (vintage), Pilot 2020 Super Grip, Pilot Fure Fure CoronePilot RexGripStaedtler Mars micro 775, Staedtler Triplus Micro 774, Uni Kuru TogaUni Shift Pipe-lockZebra Delguard

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