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