I rarely review pencils on this blog - after all, it is called The PEN Addict - but from time to time I get the jones to try out a new one. It's not often that I come away as impressed as I am with the Pilot Opt though. All of the cool designs available at JetPens.com and the ultra-reasonable $3.00 price tag twisted my arm for me, and for it to perform as well as it did was just a bonus. JetPens explains how this pencil came to be:
The Opt is a very sturdy pencil. The barrel is well made, and carries a decent weight. I am not a lead connoisseur, but the stock lead is a bit softer than I prefer, but that is of course easily remedied. I'm pretty much hooked to shaker mechanisms, to the point when I am using a traditional mechanical pencil I get confused on how to get the lead out. It looks like five of the ten models JetPens carries are sold out (including the one I have), but just keep an eye out and I'm sure they will restock. It will be worth the wait.
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