Review: STAD One Touch Pencil Extender

I picked up a STAD pencil extender from Jetpens last week and as my usual review style, I put it through it’s paces before I wrote a review.
I’ll admit my first impression was not good. Looking at the package I was expecting some weight and this extender while chunky is very light weight. I tried stuffing a vintage FaberCatell Design 3800 4B into its grasp and the little white plastic cap didn’t like it, or the extender didn’t like it, whatever it was the pencil is now in hiding and I can’t find it. (Turns out it was just hiding lower in the pencil cup…) Every pencil I stuck in it’s jaws seemed…. Loose.
I took a look at the back of the package. There were some diagrams on the back with all the writing in Japanese… Picture #3 shows some fingers touching the jaw. I thought maybe in that image the fingers are squishing the jaws to the pencil, so I tried it. Oh baby, what a difference. The extender went from loose to thighs of steel. It grips all my regular sized pencils, from my Palominos to Vintage FaberCastell Design 3800s to PrismaColor Col-erase with an eraser.
When you are done drawing or writing you can flip the pencil point into the extender and protect the point from breaking and you from being stabbed. WIN! This holder, like others, allows you to use your pencil down to the last tiny nubbin. The smooth grooved barrel is comfortable to hold and use. It's diameter makes it seem as if you are writing with a nice mechanical pencil or pen. Fancy.
P6014326(Protip: When you get down to the end of your pencil, use a sharpie to write the hardness on the top of the pencil so you always know what pencil nubbin you’re using.)

I purchased the STAD one touch pencil extender for my own use. Jetpens did not compensate me for my review.

  • Gina Cleveland

    That looks awesome and practical…love your reviews, but then I want one for myself and maybe one of everything for my grown son who is also artistic(and on a tight budget). Just bought your and Jane’s Put It On Paper zine…Have read instantly about half of it. I love it. Your sites have really opened up a great world of on-line artists to me. Thanks, Gina C.

  • @Gina, I live for the practical. LOL I love pencil extenders, i have quite a few and I use them all. I must use all the pencil nubbins!
    That is what I really like to hear about the zine. Im so glad you like it. We really want to get people into all the  great artists we love.

  • Carla Mazzone

    Leslie, Thanks so much for all the effort you put into reviewing and recommending various art supplies. I read your blog often and enjoy your take on sketching, art, etc.

  • @carla im trying to go through all the stuff I like and be honest about why I like it and why i think its a good/great purchase. the hardestt hing about starting out with anything is knowing what to get but also knowing what is a waste of cash.

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