are two mechanical pencils. The one above has
some pretty annoying features. The eraser
is under a cap (shown removed). If you make a lot
mistakes like I do, you will be constantly taking
the cap off the pencil, holding it with one hand,
erasing (notice the tiny little eraser), and pushing
the cap back on. When you push the cap back on it
will cause the pencil lead to advance one step out
of the pencil. You will have to
play with the pencil to get the lead back in.
Eventually, you will lose the cap.
does this pencil have a cap? Apparently, people thought
it looked better with a cap; cleaner lines; no
unsightly eraser to remind you of your errors.
pencil below doesn't have these problems. It doesn't
have a cap. It has a nice big eraser and the lead is
not advanced by pressing on the eraser. Instead,
there is a lead advance button just above where I hold
the pencil when writing. (Although, this may be a
for people who grip the pencil higher up the barrel
than I do!)
add an extra step to a task for the sake
of aesthetics. Don't have the same action (pushing
on the cap) do two different things: attaching the
cap, and advancing the lead.
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