Lamy Scribble (Model 185 / 186) Mechanical Pencil Review.
(Review by David in New Zealand.)
Something about the Lamy Scribble just makes me want to pick it up every time I see it. Perhaps itâ€™s the short, fat, sturdy look reminding me of a child’s favourite pencil or crayon. â€œPick me up, and lets have some funâ€ â€“ thatâ€™s what Scribble seems to whisper to my sub-conscious.
Material: Plastic body. Metal end-cap, front cap and pocket clip.
Shape: Round cross-section, 13mm diameter at widest part. 121mm overall length.
Finish: Black plastic body â€œsandblastedâ€ satin sheen finish. Metal trims either black coated (Model 186) or palladium plated (Model 185).
Core: 0.7mm lead. (A 3.15mm model also available)
Point Type: Retractable metal sleeve.
Mechanism: Push top ratchet.
Top: Capped eraser.
Eraser: Miniature eraser under top button, white (unknown) material, needle attached.
Markings: â€œLAMYâ€ printed in silver at top of body, â€œ7â€ (for lead diameter) on top of the top button.
Packaging: Folded card presentation sleeve.
Availability: Readily available worldwide in shops and internet retailers.
Scribble looks short and sturdy, and thatâ€™s what it feels like in your hand. The thick, gently tapering body makes it easy to hold anywhere you like â€“ down close to the tip or halfway up the body – and the smooth yet slightly textured sandblast finish lets you get a good solid grip. Add in a reasonable weight, and everything combines to produce that overall look and feel of a no-nonsense, ready for action pencil. Scribble is also very well balanced to just idly twirl around in, or thread through, your fingers whilst contemplating the state of the universe.
The pocket clip is good and springy. Itâ€™s also removable for those who donâ€™t like pocket clips. Unfortunately it just doesnâ€™t stick out quite far enough to readily stop the pencil rolling around on your desktop. I always use my Scribble when I am out doing fieldwork. The short length means I can clip it into a small notebook and stash them in my pocket so I always have pencil and paper ready to record those important observations. The thick body helps when things are a bit on the wet side, and the short metal lead holding sleeve tip is retractable so you wonâ€™t get that nasty stabbing pain through your trouser pocket!
Like most mechanical pencils, Scribble has a small eraser under the top button. I am always in two minds about these mechanical pencil erasers â€“ they seem like such a good idea and yet are nearly always such a disappointment. Well Scribble sets a new standard. It’s absolutely useless. I will say no more on this subject.
So far I havenâ€™t mentioned the lead. Thatâ€™s the thing with mechanical pencils; if you donâ€™t like the lead then you just get some that you do like. Scribble takes 0.7mm which is thick enough to provide good strength, but still thin enough to provide fine sharp lines. The push top ratchet mechanism is quiet and positive. I havenâ€™t had any problems, but just in case, the eraser comes with a needle to help clear any lead jams.
The finish on the Scribble seems a good quality. The plastic body and metal trims are scratch resistant. Mine have spent a lot of time rolling around in carry cases with other items and they still look as good as new. There are actually two trim colours available â€“ black for the purists and palladium plated for the slightly more up-market look. The small â€œLAMYâ€ printed in silver at the top of the body adds a touch of distinction.
Lamy advertise the Scribble as â€œFor strong sketches and fine notes. If you like getting your ideas down on paper in a few telling strokes, youâ€™ll love the Lamy scribbleâ€. Well, theyâ€™re absolutely right. Whether Iâ€™m out wading through a swamp or doing the Sunday morning Sudoku, Scribble is the one for the job.
[Text and images, D.P. Used with kind permission.]