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Please Excuse My Absence

I have not blogged since July of 2015 due to the fact that my Lovely Wife was diagnosed with 2 types of cancer. A new case of breast cancer which has metastasized and gone to her bones, mainly her back. She had a mastectomy of her left breast which showed the type of cancer that was in her bones. She has been taking an oral med. every day and she has a port under her skin to receive a liquid med. She has gone through one round of radiation treatments to stop some pain in her back. That gave her GERD and the med for that was nasty tasting. The bone cancer has caused the vertebra in her lower back to pinch her left sciatic nerve causing her pain, numbness and foot drag. She also has skin cancer that has only been partly addressed.

I have been busy taking care of her as the treatments have left her weak and sickly. She can not drive so I have to drive her to her appointments and treatments. I also have to do all the cooking and most of what cleaning we do. So I do not have a lot of time for blogging. However the installment of the review of the Schaeffer Ultrafine 0.3mm pencil marks what I hope will be a new review every month. However some of my future reviews may seem familiar as they may be a review of a pencil or pen that I have reviewed before just in another size due to my limited collection of writing instruments and the economic state of our nation.

I am grateful to George Fox for wanting me to do a review of another one of his pencils. I think that as a reader of my humble blog, may fine of interest as the Schaeffer Ultra Fine is a very unusual pencil.

So please excuse my absence and as a reader of my humble blog I hope that you enjoy the review of this unique pencil.

Coming Soon...

Thank you,

The Old Geezer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Staedtler 925 25 03 Drafting Pencil

Now let's get one thing straight from the beginning, this is a beautiful pencil! It just wreaks elegance with its hard straight lines and 3 tone silver metal finish! The Staedtler 925 25 03 has the looks that many other pencils strive for but fall short of. There is no waisted bulk, the pencil is slim and trim and ready for a lifetime of faithful service. It's like an arrow, a bullet, yes, even a missile in its design, yet fully functional all the same. It was designed to write and draw and it does both with timeless grace. If I were a sculptor it would be my chisel. If I were a painter it would be my brush. If I were a carpenter it would be my hammer. But I'm none of those artisans and it's none of those tools, it's a pencil for cryin' out loud! Just how glamorous can a pencil be? Quite, actually. As I wrote in the beginning, this is a beautiful pencil.

OK, so we have established that I like the looks of the Staedtler 925 25 03 Drafting Pencil. What else do I like about the pencil? The fact that it's a pencil and the fact that it's a 0.3 mm pencil! OK, we all know that I like 0.3 mm drafting pencils so what sets the 925 25 03 apart from any other drafting pencil? Well, it's remarkable good looks for one. Its sleek timeless design for another (more on that in a minute) and it's craftsmanship for yet another. The 925 25 03 is solidly built of brass, steel and aluminum. There's a little plastic involved as well but not that you can readily see. It's designed by the Germans, masters of engineering, but built by the Japanese, masters of manufacturing.

The design is simple, really, and in that lies its beauty. The chrome plated brass end cap/lead sleeve snugs up to the satin finished, finely knurled aluminum grip, sealing tight against vibration by use of a rubber 'O'-ring. The slender grip is divided into 13 raised rings by 12 evenly spaced circular cuts. The raised rings are very finely knurled giving the fingers the feeling of grasping fine sandpaper. The grip is part of the integral chuck assembly, grip, and lead reservoir. The chuck being brass and the lead reservoir being made of plastic. The eraser with the clean out rod fits snugly into the open end of the lead reservoir. The thick walled satin finished upper body holds the lead grade indicator markings on one end and a brightly chromed removable steel pocket clip on the other. The lead grade indicator markings are silver on a black background and are covered by the brightly chromed metal lead grade indicator which has a square window. On the side of the upper body, in a stately steel gray color are the Staedtler logo and the Staedtler name. Upon the brightly chromed steel pocket clip is the imprint of the Staedtler logo. Behind the pocket clip, between its tines, is the single word "JAPAN". The upper body slides over the lead reservoir and screws snugly against the lead grade indicator ring, securing it in place. In order to adjust the setting of the lead grade indicator it is necessary to loosen the upper body. Finlay, the satin silver barrel shaped mushroom style push button slides over the lead reservoir tube concealing the eraser. The barrel portion of the push button has 5 evenly spaced raised rings separated by 4 circular cuts reminiscent of the grip. And let us not forget that on top of the push button is the lead size painted in the ISO designated color for the lead size, yellow.

Now for some stats! The 925 25 03 is 143 mm long making it of average length for a drafting pencil. It is a slender 8.8 mm in diameter at its widest point (everywhere). Its balancing point is 71.4 mm from the push button making the pencil perfectly balanced! But beauty is a heavy weight weighing 17.1 grams. It must be because of all the metal it's made of!... Ya think? The ratcheting mechanism is extremely quiet, firm with a good solid feel to it. The 925 25 03 pushes out lead in small increments, a feature that I like a lot. It takes only 2 clicks to produce enough lead to write with without producing to much. The lead reservoir is cavernous for at least 2 tubes of lead but one will suffice.

The Staedtler 924 25 03 is a pleasure to write and draw with, not that I do much drawing anymore. I especially like the finely knurled grip. It does not feel sharp yet its fine points make a nearly perfect gripping surface. I wish more pencil manufacturers would take this page from Staedtler's 'How To Build A Better Pencil' book! The grip and its perfect balance help make the writing experience almost effortless despite the pencils weight. The weight almost seems to disappear when I use the 925 25 03. Even just hefting the pencil seems pleasantly odd due to it's perfect balance.

The Staedtler 925 25 03 is a beautifully designed and well built pencil ment for the professional as well as the amature. It's an elegant addition to any desktop, briefcase, drafting table or workbench. So I suggest that if you want a hard working tool or an elegant and grafeful writing instrument or just something that looks good on a coffee table as a work of art that you get yourself a Staedtler 924 25 03 Professional Drafting Pencil ASAP.

Many thanks to STAEDTLER Mars GmbH & Co. KG for the pencil in this review.


Coleen said...

nice pink uni ball 207 ;-)
if your gonna give it away!
Don't give it to somebody else!
choose me;-) instead!
I like it! I can't find pink 207 version here in manila.
Just comment if your gonna give it away. If not its ok!

The Old Geezer said...


I take it that you are referring to the pink ribbon Signe 207 pen in the "My Obsession" pic! Send me a valid name and mailing address to theoldgeezer@live.com and I'll see what I can do for you next month!


Coleen said...

Yes, I was referring to the Pink ribbon uni 207 pen in the pictures "my obession". I like it so much!;-)

Thanks for asking me for my valid name and mailing address ;-)

I will email you soon! Got your email adress. ;-)

Thank you so much!!!!

Coleen said...

thank you. I appologize for not asking a permission before I repost. But you gave me a lesson. before anything else. I should ask for a permission first:-)

The Old Geezer said...


I do not see your comment here but to answer the one I received an email alert on, I have 2 925 25's and it's blue equivalent the 925 35 and all 3 are aluminum and chromed brass as well as stainless steel from head to toe. I don't about yours. Now the 925 has a black hard plastic body and rubber grip with a plastic push button and chromed brass end cap with a ss tip and pocket clip.

The Old Geezer said...


Email me @ theoldgeezer@live.com if you want to discuss this further.

Anonymous said...

Great review of great mechanical pencil, thank you!