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The Old Geezer
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.




Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October Giveaway

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Greetings Pens And Pencils Blog fans!  The Old geezer here with this months giveaway!  Yeah!  We all love giveaways!  So here is your chance to win this brand new never used Ohto Super Promecha PM 1057P (here's a link to the JetPens page which will describe some of the many features of this pencil).  This is the latest Ohto Super Promecha in 0.7 mm lead size.  This is a great pencil especially if you like the 0.7mm lead size.  Unfortunately it's belly is empty!  So in addition to the pencil I'm also giving away one box of 12 tubes of grade B lead with 12 pieces of lead per tube!  That's 144 pieces of lead!


Wow!  What a deal, huh?  And what do you have to do in order to have a chance of winning this great pencil?  Simple really, but the rules of the past have changed.  Due to some problems I have been having with spam and other things simply leaving a comment  about how great a guy The Old geezer is for giving away such a great pencil is no longer enough.  Along with your comment I am requesting that you send an email to theoldgeezer@live.com containing the comment that you left at this post.  This ensures me that I will be able to contact the winner regardless of circumstances.  Any comments without the accompanying email will be disregarded.  Any emails without the accompanying comment will also be disregarded.  Please, one comment per person.

I'll leave the giveaway open until Saturday, the 16 of the month.  Once the giveaway is closed I'll use the random number generator on this blog to pick a winner.  You won't have to check back to see if you are the winner because I'll notify you asking for a shipping addy. 

So get to posting and emailing!  I'd like to see a lot of comments and emails on this one!

The Givaway is now offically closed!  No more comments or email please!  Thank you!

Zebra Color Flight 0.3 mm Mechanical Pencil

"Hey, Tommy! What's ya got there?"

"Hello, Geezer!  I've got your Zebra Color Flight 0.3mm Mechanical Pencil.  Remember, the one you should have reviewed months ago!"

"Oh, Yeah!  I remember!  I guess I should review it, Huh!?"

"Ya think!?"

"Yeah..."

The 0.3 mm pencil has long been strictly a drafting pencil.  Just why I'm not sure. It probably has something to do with the fact the lead tends to break easily and the fact that it produces such a thin line.  But by far it has been my favorite lead size for over 40 years.  The fact that it was only offered in a more expensive (generally) drafting pencil instead of a mechanical pencil (there are subtle differences between the 2) was OK by me.  Then a few years ago I saw a 0.3mm mechanical pencil advertised.  I was unable at the time to obtain one so I never got to examine one.  I don't even know who made it!  But when I saw the Zebra Color Flight 03 at JetPens a few of months ago I had to get one.

I got mine in Sky Blue.  The first thing that I noticed was that there was this piece of translucent plastic between the lead sleeve and the end cap!  Upon closer inspection I see that this is actually acting as the internal lead restraint found in drafting pencils and most mechanical pencils of the ratcheting type.  More about this later.











The pencil breaks down into 3 major components: the lead sleeve/end cap; the body; and the push button/eraser.  Not much to blog about there!  So, moving on...

The lead reservoir is cavernous! being nearly the entire inside diameter of the pencil!  It will certainly hold several tubes of lead with lots of room to spare! 


The eraser is kind of funky and to me a bit more complicated to use than it could be.  There is a bright, shinny chrome metal sleeve around the plastic holder.  This makes it a bit hard for me to get a grip on.  But once I do get a grip on it it twists out, clockwise.  The best way to extend the eraser is to hold the tube and turn the pencil!  There is a locking clip at the end of the translucent plastic square shaped screw shaft that the sleeve rides on.  This clip locks the eraser's tube onto the lead reservoir tube so that it doesn't fall out, enables the tube to twist and act as a push button.  Like I wrote, a bit more complicated than it needs to be!

Stats!  Everybody likes stats!  So, here are some stats on the Zebra Color Flight 03 Mechanical Pencil.  It's 144.52 mm long making it of average length for a mechanical pencil.  It is 8.55 mm across the flats of it's hexagonal body.  It weighs a mere 9.6 grams making it an ultralight!  So if you like the thin and light you'll like this one!  It's balance point is approximately 75.17 mm from the tip making it imperceptively bottom heavy.  2 clicks is all it takes to produce enough lead to write with.  That's it for stats!... Well, there's not much to report about the stats!  So, moving on...

So, how does it feel and write?  The hexagonal body feel nice in my hand.  I like it's size.  The push button is easy to operate, the spring tension being just about perfect.  However (yep, here it comes) the pencil is far too light for me.  I'm used to and like a heavier pencil.  I found that I was breaking lead a lot more often than I do with my other 0.3 mm pencils!  I am using an Ohto  Super Promecha PM 1503P 0.3mm pencil which weighs twice the weight of the Color Flight and I rarely break lead when using it.  But I discovered that the problem wasn't so much the weight of the pencil but that funky piece of plastic at the tip of the pencil (told you there would be more about that later)!

Most mechanical/drafting pencils of the ratcheting type have an internal lead keeper or restraint.  The purpose is to keep the lead from riding back up inside the pencil or from falling out the pencil as the ratcheting action monetarily releases the lead before once again securing it enabling the user to use the pencil.  However the Zebra Color Flight has this restraint on the exterior of the pencil!  Because of the design the lead sleeve is secured not to the end cap via metal to metal contact but by the the plactic lead restraint!  This allows too much deflectio of the lead sleeve causing lead breakage.  If you are a heavy handed writer then you'd break lead too often to make practical use of the pencil.

However (yeah, there's another 'however'), if I only use one click to extend the lead, producing about .5mm's worth of lead instead of the 1mm's worth that 2 clicks produce then I find that I don't break lead, but I do have to extend the lead much more often.  I can also feel the lead sleeve drag across the paper as I write.

Bottom line:  I have mixed feelings about the Zebra Color Flight 03 Mechanical Pencil.  I want to like it, but it has so many quirks that I don't believe that it would make a good every day mechanical pencil.  I don't like it's ultralight status as I mentioned before, I like heavier pencils, middleweights to heavyweights.  While I think for a little more money one can do better in picking a 0.3mm pencil (many drafting pencils sell for under $10.00 and are much better pencils) for someone who wants a 0.3mm mechcanical pencil for under $5.00 that has an external eraser, as long as you can put up with the quirks, then try a Zebra Color Flight 03 Mechanical Pencil, available from our frinds at JetPens.