Apparently the pencil is extremely popular because Pentel began producing Limited Editions of the pencil in colors. Originally the series was produced in limited lead sizes. Unfortunately I was unable at the time to purchase one. Later they came out with another Limited Edition series, and again another Limited Edition series. I don't know the order in which they came, but there seems to have been a series in metallic colors with black accents, a series in pastel colors with chrome accents and a series of primary colors with chrome accents called the X Stein series. The latest Limited Edition series is the CS or Creator's Style series. This series comes in 3 colors for the 0.5 mm lead size and 2 colors for the 0.3 mm lead size.
The only difference between any of these pencils is their appearance. And the fact that not every series was made in all 5 lead sizes. So why make so may different configurations of the same pencil? Because we are a consumer world and we buy pretty things, even when we don't need them. Like me. I would like to have one 0.3 mm pencil from each series. I can find some of them on eBay and when funds come available, I shall purchase them (if they are still available) and I shall blog about them.
OK, enough philosophy. I am getting of my soap box and getting down to what you came here to read. My review of the Pentel Graph 1000 for Pro and the Pentel Graph 1000 CS, in 0.3 mm. Both pencils share the same stats, of course. They are made by the same methods and in the same factory with the same tools. The only real differences are cosmetic. So lets talk about the way they look, shall we?
The Pentel Graph 1000 for Pro, in all lead sizes, is all black with 3 exceptions. The push button end cap is a black cylinder covering colored lead grade indicator which has a narrow ring of color at the base and on the top there is a plug of color with the lead size stamped in white. The color indicator for the 0.3 mm for the Pro is brown. The LGI lettering is white against the brown. The third exception is of course the stainless steel lead sleeve. The lettering on the pencil is a light gray giving the pencil a ghostly appearance.
|The pushbuttons of the Pro and CS|
The bush button of the CS is the same as the cap for the Pro only the secondary color is white for the 0.3 mm The lettering is black. The lettering on the body is silver, standing out more than the Pro.
Both pencils have black upper bodies, but the CS looks a little shinier. The Pro has a black grip with 18 black obround rubber inserts. The CS has a satin chrome grip with the same 18 rubber inserts. The tip of the Pro is black with the lead sleeve of stainless steel. The tip of the CS is bright chrome with a stainless steel lead sleeve. The pocket clip of the Pro is black, the pocket clip on the CS is bright chrome. Both pencils are attractive in there own way. The Pro looks stealthy while the CS looks like it's going to a party.
Now for the stats. The stats are the same for both pencils. They are 147 mm long over all. The balance point is 73 mm from the tip of the pencils making the pencils perfectly balanced.They each weigh 11 grams making them light weights. The body diameter is 7.5 mm and the grip diameter of each pencil is 8 mm. The grips measure 37 mm in length and the tip (including the lead sleeve) measures 21 mm.
|The Graph 1000 is easily broken down.|
The break down of the pencils is pretty much straight forward. Unscrew the tip, and slide off the grip, remove the push button and remove the eraser and you're done. Though I did not remove the erasers fro the pic, there is a clean out rod stuck into the eraser. For some reason the CS is made of white plastic on the interior while the Pro is made of black. In order to change the lead grade the push button, which is also the lead grade indicator, the push button has to be removed so you can hold the long chrome neck as you rotate the outer shell of the LGI. There re detents in the LGI which lock the window in place preventing accidental changing of the LGI.
How do they perform? That's a good question! Remember this before I answer the question. The stats are hard facts. They are objective, I just make the measurements and report the data. But the rest of the review is subjective. It is based on my experiences with the pencils and my conclusions will not be the definitive truth about the pencils. It will be my opinion of the pencils based on my experiences with them and my past experiences with mechanical pencils in general. So having once again to step down off my soap box, here are my thoughts about my experiences with the pencils.
I like these pencils, though they do have a few short comings. I like the light weight feel of them because they feel almost weightless. However their slider diameter make them a little harder to hold than slightly fatter pencils. Also the silicone inserts are a little slippery feeling. When I removed the insert from the CS model I had an easier time holding the pencil as the holes made a better gripping surface. The Pro model was easier to hold than the CS model but I found that with just a little tightening of my grip solved the problem. I did find the pencils easy to control and write with as they are so well balanced. 0.3 mm pencils can easily break lead but because there seems to be very little if any wobble of the lead in the lead sleeve in both pencils they seemed to feel like writing with a 0.5 mm pencil. The lead seems to flow across the paper. Of course I only had a small amount of lead showing. This helps any pencil when it comes to lead breakage. Also the lead in the Pro seems softer than the lead in the CS. It may be grade B. Grade HB is in the CS.
In conclusion, I will say that the Pentel Graph 1000 for Pro and the CS are winners, even if they do a quirk or 2... or is it me that has the quirks? Anyway you can find the Pentel Graph 1000 for Pro and the Pentel Graph 1000 CS on-line at jetpens.com.