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4.0 out of 5 stars Led zippy-line, 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Striker Hand Tools 77629 Mechanical Carpenter Pencil (DIY & Tools)
The point (ouch) of a carpenters' pencil is
* It doesn't roll off the bench.
* It can be sharpened to a wedge-point which doesn't break easily and can be fine-sharpened with a quick rub on a handy bit of sandpaper and which hugs a straight edge etc to give accurate guide lines on the work stock.
* It is easy to find...

I just don't understand why they sell "sharpeners" that destroy the wedge and put a conical point on such a pencil, immediately removing all the advantages of the design. It's a blatant con. I can only surmise it is Evil Marketers at work yet again - the same people that once tried to convince you that tobacco was good for you and who now try and make people buy "warm white" energy saving bulbs when they could get exactly the same quality of light burning a piece of string wrapped in dripping.

Well, sometimes the marketing boys get handed a product that's decent, even if they then go to work on it with hyperbolic babble; such a product is Mr. Striker's patent graphite-holding oblately tubular marking device which is red-coloured and largely resembles the traditional chippy's ear ornament.

It's a tad heavier, so tends to fall off your ear. The maker seems aware of this and has thoughtfully included a nerd-clip so you can stuff it in your breast pocket with all your other pens. Main thing, it doesn't roll off your bench too easily.

I normally like to use a soft mechanical pencil - 4b or so, 0.5" but the points break really easily and they roll off everything but they can be erased without grooving the wood.

When I tried the Striker, at first I thought the lead was too hard. I got into the habit of back, forth and back again line scribing and that leaves a clearly visible accurate line to work to. Where it really excels is on MDF, where it leaves a clear, crisp line that's easy to work with.

The real virtue of this is the ever-sharp (nearly) lead which can be kept fresh with the occasional rub-up on ONE side, far better than whittling away with a Stanley knife and then doing the abrasive rub-up and then cleaning all the blood of the pine. I find this makes it far easier to make sure the point is _always_ kept sharp.

Though basic "black" refills are here
Dura Lead
I'm a bit miffed at not being able to get different types of lead on Amazon so it's back to ye olde chinagraph for white markings again. Minus one star.

btw. The Striker web site is a truly awful experience and If I leave the url, Amazon won't publish it so take my word for it and just don't go there.
No, it's not reverse dare-you psychology. I've been and wasted my time so you don't have to.

The marker -?
I have no idea how well it will last. Other reviews have conflicting views about this BUT I SUSPECT it will get lost before it gets broken or worn out. I will try and look after it.

It's also great for making notes in calligraphic old-English style church script, so next time ye builde an oaken pewe for ye congegation, ye cannst an monniker of youn nymme mayke upyne untersyde of ye sette.
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