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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.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

February Giveaway

Hello blog readers, Web surfers, and passers by!  Welcome to my humble blog!  Take your shoes off, set a spell... on second thought, leave your shoes on!... This month I'm giving away a Pilot 2020 Super Grip 0.5mm shaker mechanical pencil in Aqua.  Apparently the solid colored versions are becoming hard to find, at least a search of the Web only turned up one place that showed the solid color pencil in Aqua, and they are no longer selling them!  The version that I'm giving away differs from the photo only in that the eraser cap is totally clear, there is no color at the top of the cap.

This is a cute (yes, I did say "cute") mechanical pencil and from my observation a sturdy one as compared to some other mechanical pencils.  It is made mostly of plastic and rubber with a few metal parts, namely the 3 jawed lead clutch system, the lead sleeve and the shaker weight, which appears to be a tightly wound spring!  The 2mm lead sleeve is of the retractable type with the lead retainer being plastic, but internal, as it should be!  It is integrated with the lead sleeve.  This little gem has a 3 jawed brass clutch, not a plastic 2 jawed clutch as so many mechanical pencils in it's price range have!  This speaks of quality.  In fact, I'm impressed with many of the features of the Pilot 2020.  It has a soft rubber grip, not the squishy silicone grip the other versions have!  But I personally am not a fan of rubber grips.  However over all the pencil, for what it is, is a nice pencil!  It has features found on much more expensive pencils!

The Pilot 2020 is 148mm long, 11mm wide at the grip, weighs a scant 11 grams.  The balance point is approximately 74mm from the tip of the pencil making it almost perfectly balanced!  It feels nice in the hand and is easy to use. The grip affords plenty of gripping power, but gets dirty easily!  There is a usable (almost) eraser under the clear cap that serves as a push button.  It does not come with a clean out rod, but I've provided one under the eraser.  The lead reservoir is small, holding about a 1/2 dozen leads max!  It comes with 2 leads, but I made it an even 1/2 dozen.

To operate the pencil one can use the push button, or just shake the pencil a couple of times in order to advance the lead.  But be careful when shaking the pencil to advance the lead as it is easy to advance too much lead!

Well, there you have it.  An impromptu review of the Pilot 2020 Super Grip Shaker mechanical pencil.  So if I have whet your appetite for the Pilot 2020 and you would like a chance to win this one then just drop me an email (theoldgeezer@live.com) with the words, Pilot 2020 Giveaway, in the subject line.  That's all there is to it!  Please just one email per person!  The giveaway will remain open until sometime Saturday the 26th of this month.  At that time I'll pick a winner using the RIG at the bottom of this blog.  So get your emails in!  Times a wastin'!

The photo is courtesy of our friends at Jetpens.

Stop the presses!  We have a winner!


BroadviewInnovations said...

Promotional gifts are simple but effective..

P2 said...

Do you by any chance still have this Shaker?...
I'm searching for this Shaker but they don't seem to sell it anymore..

Or if you know which websites that sells them..>_<
I really really want this...