The first experience that I had with the Pilot S series was a pleasant surprise! I really enjoyed my experience with the Pilot S10. I liked it so much that I ended up buying an S3 and an S5 in 0.3 mm and an S3 in 0.4 mm. But circumstances would not allow me to buy an S20. But recently I was gifted an S20, the only one in the series made of wood. There is no material more naturally elegant than wood. And the Pilot S20 is nothing if not elegant!
The other pencils in the series are made of plastic with either a plastic grip (S3), rubber grip (S5), or a metal grip (S10) and have a straight grip where the grip of the S20 is nicely curved near the tip. The over all look of the shape of the pencil adds to it's elegance. With the satin finish metal components the dark wood with it's satin finish gives the S20 a very sleek and elegant appearance.
But appearances alone do not make the pilot S20 such an elegant pencil. The feel of the pencil is also elegant. The shape along with the satin finish allows for a good grip and a good feel. Writing with the S20 is a pleasant experience in part due to it's satiny smooth finish and shape, but the balance point is approximately 65 mm from the tip, just 6 mm shy from center. This combination for me makes for a nice writing experience. The pencil is not hard to hold and the wood feels so good in my fingers.
But enough gushing over the appearance and feel of elegant wood, let's get down to some stats. Over all the S20 is approximately 146 mm long and 11 mm in diameter at it's widest. it weighs 17.5 grams making it a semi heavyweight. But I like a weighty pencil, but then again I like a lightweight pencil as well. Come to think of it, I like drafting pencils of all kinds and weights. Each delivers it's own experience.
Unlike the rest of the series, with the exception of the S3, the S20 breaks down into only 5 major components, the grip/body along with the metal pocket clip, the tip/end cap, the eraser with clean out rod and the lead indicator/push button. I am sure that the pencil can be broken down further, but probably at the cost of breaking the pencil. Besides there is no need to break the pencil down further in order to clear a lead jam.
The S20 is a ratcheting/clutch pencil which takes just two presses of the push button to advance enough to write with. The mechanism is not loud enough to be a bother and the the mechanism is tight. The lead reservoir is cavernous enough to hold a tube of lead or more but works best with a tube or less. To change the lead grade in the lead grade indicator window the push button must be removed so the tube can be held as the top is turned to the desired lead grade. The pocket clip is removable but I would never do so for fear of damaging the wood.
Weather you use the S20 at home or at the office, it will defiantly make a statement. It's design, It's juxtaposition of wood and bright metal, both satin finish make the S20 the most elegant of the Pilot S series drafting pencils. The entire series is available from our friends at JetPens.com.