Lamy Scribble Mechanical Pencil Review

The Lamy Scribble makes a strong case for an ergonomic design intended for artists.

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The Scribble I have is a 3.15 mm lead holder.  That lead is, of course, too big for general writing and is designed for the drawer.  I am not an artist myself, so it is challenging to rate this pencil in the light of the intended design. I’ll try, but as always, form your own opinions based upon your experience and expertise!

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I’m not exactly sure if the Scribble is high-density plastic or some other material, but I’m leaning plastic.  It is more like the material of the Lamy Safari than the fiberglass of the Lamy 2000.  It seems to be either a thicker or higher density material than the Safari.  The top and tip are a nice brushed steel.  This pencil has no eraser.  The Lamy logo is portrayed boldly at the top.

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The clip has an interesting styling and is plenty springy.

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As with any lead holder, your choices are a dedicated lead pointer (shown above) or a knife for sharpening.

So how does it feel?  It is certainly ergonomic.  It’s pretty weighty for my tastes.  That’s my biggest criticism, along with the lack of an eraser.  Of course, the eraser is somewhat of a moot point here in that if you are sketching and shading with such a big lead, you likely will have a preferred dedicated eraser anyway.

Pros: ergonomic grip, styling

Cons:  weight, lack of eraser

Writing Experience: Good (weight is the issue for me)

Features: OK

Quality: Good

Price: Expensive (45 USD retail, available for slightly less at various retailers online)

It’s a solid pencil that happens to just not mesh with me personally, but very much will with artists (I think)!  It also does come in a 0.7 mm variant for writing/sketching.

Does it make the Top Ten or an Honorable Mention?  I think that if I were an artist, it would be a candidate.  For me personally, for this blog, it doesn’t.

I’m going to take this opportunity to switch the Rotring Rapid Pro and Rotring 600 in my Top Ten.  After spending time working with both, the solid writing experience of the Rotring 600 outweighs the added features of the Rapid Pro, in my mind.  The Rapid Pro is a tad too heavy for my personal tastes and that does compromise the writing experience.  It’s a fine pencil with a retractable and sliding sleeve and a good grip.  But the 600 wins out as a total package.

The Top Ten:

1) Rotring 600

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Superb, Features: OK+, Price: Moderate-Expensive

2) Rotring Rapid Pro

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

 3) TWSBI Precision

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

4) Pentel Sharp Kerry

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

5) Pilot S20

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

6) Lamy 2000

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

7) Tombow Zoom 505sh

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

8) Pentel Sharp P20X

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

9) Pentel Twist Erase GT

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good, Features: Great, 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 Energize DeluxePentel Quicker Clicker (vintage),  Pilot RexGripStaedtler Mars micro 775, Staedtler Triplus Micro 774, Uni Kuru TogaUni Shift Pipe-lockZebra Delguard

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