Revised Rating on Lamy 2K Mechanical Pencil
I learned that by placing Pe***l Ain Stein 0.5 HB HARD led that my breakage issue was taken care of. I will just need to use a harder led in this pencil, and I'm pleased with how the firmer lead made such a difference.
Aesthetically Pleasing; Functionally Less So
First, the pencil complements the Lamy 2000 makrolon beautifully; they make an aesthetically pleasing pair, and I have always liked owning pen/pencil sets.
That said, I've encountered two less that satisfying experiences. The surface is "slick," making it necessary to grip the pencil a little more than is comfortable for writing; I mark student essays with a pencil and need a "thicker" pencil as arthritis develops in my writing hand. My fountain pen does not seem to experience that same slick issue.
Second, I don't know how to adjust my writing pressure to avoid breaking the lead as I write. I will try a harder lead to see if I can get a more correct pressure without breaking, but I prefer HB
When I was considering ordering, I went back and forth, trying to decide between the 0.5mm and the 0.7mm; I wonder now if the larger of the two would have make the lead a little more durable.
I like the pencil for looks; I'm less satisfied with the writing performance. It's an expensive pencil not to be thrilled to own.
Would I buy it again? Perhaps, but I'd choose the 0.7mm, I think
Anderson Pens was wonderful; the package came with superb packaging and handling. It was my first purchase from them, and I'm glad to have found them. This purchase will not be my last.