Product Type: Paper Mate in Homeware
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It's my mate. . . . Papermate!
Papermate Non Stop Pencil
Member Name: kiss_me2070
Papermate Non Stop Pencil
Advantages: good value, great colours, good quality, comfortable to use, long lasting
Disadvantages: clip is rather flimsy
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Early in the 1940's a man named Patrick J. Frawley acquired his first company which was a ballpoint pen parts manufacturer. In 1949 the Frawley pen company developed a revolutionary new ink, which dried instantly upon use. The pen that delivered this ink was called 'The Paper Mate' which is where the name came from. Paper Mate manufacture ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, felt tip pens and erasers which all come in a wide variety of colours and shapes. In 2010, Paper Mate introduced environmentally friendly biodegradable pens, pens and erasers as additions to the range. Their range of products can be found in many high street stores such as Ryman, WHSmith, Staples and other stationery shops.
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The product I am reviewing is the Paper Mate Non-Stop Mechanical Pencil. The pencils come in a range of different colours and pack sizes. The pencil is about the length of a standard pen or pencil and it does have the push top that you normally have to press down in order to get the lead out. On the top of this pencil is white rubber which can be used to erase any mistakes. I purchased a pack of see through mixed coloured pencils which included pink, yellow, red and orange. The barrels to the pencil are made from plastic and are see through and you can see that the lead is spring loaded to reduce lead breakage. This is a fantastic idea as I often find the lead can break very easily. At the bottom of the pencil where the lead comes out is the black point. This needs to be turned in order for the lead to come out so you can use it. You can choose the length of the lead and you simply twist it one way to push down the lead or the other way which pushes it back into the barrel. I purchased these pencils after buying some cheap WHSmith mechanical pencils, in which the leads kept breaking. It doesn't state anywhere on the packaging on the website whether they are refillable or not so I presume they aren't.
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I purchased a pack of 10 pencils from my local WHSmith store for approximately £5.19 which I didn't think was too bad. You may also be able to purchase these online from shops such as Amazon.
Using the Pencil
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I turned the plastic nib at the end of the pencil in order to push some of the lead out. I then held the pencil and began writing with it. As the barrel of the pencil was round it was comfortable to hold in between my fingers and the barrel was really smooth. I didn't want to apply to much pressure on the lead as I didn't want it to break. The rubber on the top of the pencil is really good and erases the pencil really well unlike some erasers which tend to smudge the pencil more than it erases it. The most time I use the pencil for is approximately 30mins and the pencil is comfortable to hold even after this amount of time. I only use the pencil a few times a week, so a pack of these lasts me a good year, if not longer. These are far more comfortable to hold and use than other mechanical pencils I have purchased in the past. These are also good quality and although the barrel is made from plastic it feels quite strong.
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These are the best quality mechanical pencils I have used due to the strength and quality of not only the lead but the pencil itself as well. The clip which is on the side of the pencil is a little flimsy and would probably break quite easily; how-ever I don't use this so it wouldn't bother me anyway even if it did break off. I like that the pack includes a range of brightly, different coloured pencils. The eraser on the top of the pencil is also of good quality and it a brilliant idea as it means I don't have to purchase separate erasers to use with the pencil. There is also no need to purchase a sharpener either (which I often loose). I found the pencil comfortable to hold and very easy to use. In terms of value I think the pencils are of reasonable value and would definitely consider purchasing these again, rather than spending money on a stores own brand of mechanical pencils. Whether you pencils for the home, office, school, college or anything else, these are perfect.
(review may also appear on ciao)
Summary: Mechanical pencils.
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