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BIC Xtra-Precision Mechanical Pencil, Metallic Barrel, Fine Point (0.5mm), 24-Count

by BIC


Features

#1 Selling Mechanical Pencil*
0.5mm fine point delivers precise, sharp and clean lines, supporting neat penmanship
One BIC Pencil = 2 ½ wood case pencils
Smooth-writing #2 lead does not smudge and is always sharp - perfect for standardized tests and detailed writing
Metallic barrel adds some fun to your desk *Source: The NPD Group/ Retail Tracking Service / U.S. Actual Unit Sales (Retail & Commercial Combined)/ Jul 2016-Jun 2017


Description

The BIC Xtra-Precision Mechanical Pencil is designed for precision and accuracy. These pencils come with fine 0.5mm leads that create sharp, clean lines, making them ideal for any type of careful, neat writing, detailed sketches, or delicate illustrations. The smooth-writing #2 lead is perfect for tests, does not smudge, and erases cleanly to help keep your work looking tidy. The lead advances quickly with a single click and never needs to be sharpened, saving you time. The metallic barrels add just the right amount of shimmer to your desktop. *Source: The NPD Group/ Retail Tracking Service / U.S. Actual Unit Sales (Retail & Commercial Combined)/ Jul 2016-Jun 2017

Customers Reviews

No more constantly breaking leads!!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Melissa S. on May 1, 2016
After dealing with the frustrations that occur while using the thinner-leaded mechanical pencils during jr and high school, I purposely boycotted the use of them for many years. After a long hiatus, I decided to enroll in college, and I was sticking to my regular wooden pencils, often bringing 5-6 of them to my classes each day so I didn't have to sharpen them while in school. One day I forgot my pencils, and I asked a fellow student if I could borrow one of his. He reached into his bag and pulled out a mechanical pencil. I mentally cringed upon seeing it, but I was thankful that he had an extra. When I started using the pencil I realized that it wasn't like the others that I've used in the past. This one had a thicker lead; the size of which was stamped onto the pencil itself. I was impressed. I tend to press hard when writing, so the thinner mechanical pencils were useless to me. These thick-leaded ones, however, held up to the abuse. The leads kept the right shape at the end, too, giving the feeling that they were "ever sharpened", if that makes sense. That night, I went onto amazon and looked up the type of pencil that I used and purchased a pack of them. I received them today, and I'm using one to write notes for my business 101 exam, and I have not had to deal with any breakages, nor have I had to press the button to feed more lead after writing 3/4 of a page of notes so far. That's really cool! I highly recommend these pencils!
Made This Teacher Very Happy

5.0 out of 5.0 by Diane on April 13, 2012
I was thrilled when I saw this 24-pack of BIC mechanical pencils at such a great price on Amazon. I bought 4 packs. As a teacher of Middle school students, I am constantly lending out pencils to unprepared students who promise to return them, then mysteriously find myself "out of stock" at the end of the week. I have my suspicions that my 13-year old boys are snacking on them, but I can't prove anything.

Seriously, these pencils are great, and my students prefer these, hands down, to regular wooden pencils (sometimes I hand them out as prizes and the kids love receiving them). My gripe with wood pencils is that every two minutes it seems the point is breaking and I have students sharpening pencils all throughout my class period. These pencils eliminate that disruption, because even if the point breaks, which isn't too often, since these particular pencils are a sturdy .7mm point size, with two clicks the students are back to writing.

We recently took our state-wide standardized tests and my school made it mandatory that we use wooden #2 pencils and throughout the entire 2 week testing period when I replaced dozens of pencils with broken points, sighed over greyish smudges on open response questions, and sharpened dozens of pencils daily, I found myself dreaming about using these pencils.

These BIC pencils are top quality; other mechanical pencils jam, or snap, or the erases fall out or leave smudges on the paper, and these pencils don't do any of that. From this teacher's point of view, these are the best mechanical pencils out there.
Great pencil with an excellent eraser and of the proper lead diameter for equations.

5.0 out of 5.0 by DMD on January 19, 2017
Exactly what I needed. The eraser does erase cleanly and without any smudges or stray marks. The lead is perfect for writing small print math problems on college-ruled paper. Here is my lead breakdown:

0.3 mm - Perfect for writing as small as possible on note cards or note sheets for exams (cram as much information as possible on the permitted note medium). Difficulty: this thin diameter lead breaks with minimal pressure. I go through a lot of lead when writing exam note cards so this diameter is not recommended for regular use. This was a common size for engineering/drafting years ago.

0.5 mm - The lead size in this product. PERFECT for someone with decent hand pressure control or someone who has plenty of extra lead on hand. The pencil writes fine while still being sturdy enough for my creaky hand.

0.7 mm - Sturdy, but writes very mushy. Fine for writing words and doodling and probably acceptable for higher-level math on wide-ruled paper but gets a little "squishy" fitting equations on one line of college-ruled. I find myself frequently rotating the pencil or even intentionally breaking lead to try and find a sharper edge.

0.9 mm - Perhaps fine (and even preferred) for younger students but 0.7 mm is bad enough for higher-level math that I'd never use this lead.

I've included a photo that compares the 0.3 mm, 0.5 mm, and 0.7 mm pencil leads (I do not own a 0.9 mm pencil) on standard college-ruled paper. The 0.5 mm example demonstrates a pencil from this set. The comparison should be enough to determine which thickness is right for you. I also erased and rewrote one of the numbers on this example, using the eraser of this particular product. As you can see, it erases very cleanly. See if you can guess what was erased!

Long story short: Excellent pencils with fine lead and quality erasers for CHEAP!
Puzzle Solvers BEST FRIEND and Essential Supply

4.0 out of 5.0 by Kristine Passons on August 12, 2016
I am an AVID puzzler -- I love Paint-Doku, it its many, many, many forms and I always use mechanical pencils in case I make an error. I have purchased many, many BIC pencils to complete my puzzle books and have always had a problem with lead breaking (apparently, I press much harder than necessary) or lead sticking/falling out/somehow-getting-stuck in the barrel of the pencil. Additionally (and I know all recycling proponents will absolutely hate me for this), I do not tend to buy lead for my mechanical pencils so much as I simply toss them once they are out of lead and buy a new pack --- this tended to get expensive when I was constantly breaking lead or breaking the pencil as I mentioned. These BIC pencils, however, with the "Xtra Strong" lead (which I guess is simply because it is thicker) have given me absolutely NO problems ---- the lead rarely, if ever, breaks, I have no issue with lead getting stuck in the barrel and jamming or lead simply "falling out" of the barrel. The price is phenomenal (I got these when Amazon had them on sale for less than $4 which is a crazy deal for so many pencils) and they are well, well worth the money. If you are an avid puzzle solver like myself, these pencils will be your new best friend.

**Quick Follow Up** Because I was so utterly excited about how well these pencils worked the first few weeks, I wanted to make sure that I followed up and informed you of the couple of issues I have run into -- especially since the lack of these issues at the onset was the spark of my review.
- Prefaced with that I do keep my writing and puzzle supplies in a room of the house that gets hotter than most -- in addition to the general heat of Texas -- I have begun to run into issues with the lead either falling out when I am simply clicking to lengthen the lead or the lead falling into the pencil itself if it's clicked upright (which is something I have never actually seen before).
- The lead DOES NOT break easily - that does remain very, very true.

BOTTOM LINE: These are still amazing for anyone is as avid a puzzle lover as I am -- you just have to be okay that sometimes the lead will be wasted by either falling out or falling in and that can be frustrating at times.
Great Pencils!!! Love Them!!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Tyler Brickey on March 4, 2016
I was thrilled when I saw this 12-pack of BIC mechanical pencils at such a great price on Amazon. I bought 4 packs. As a teacher of Middle school students, I am constantly lending out pencils to unprepared students who promise to return them, then mysteriously find myself "out of stock" at the end of the week.

Seriously, these pencils are great, and I prefer these, hands down, to regular wooden pencils (sometimes I hand them out as prizes and the kids love receiving them). My gripe with wood pencils is that every two minutes it seems the point is breaking and I have to sharpen pencils all throughout my class period. These pencils eliminate that disruption, because even if the point breaks, which isn't too often, since these particular pencils are a sturdy .7mm point size, with two clicks the students are back to writing.

We recently took our state-wide standardized tests and my school made it mandatory that we use wooden #2 pencils and throughout the entire 2 week testing period when I replaced dozens of pencils with broken points, sighed over greyish smudges on open response questions, and sharpened dozens of pencils daily, I found myself dreaming about using these pencils.

These BIC pencils are top quality; other mechanical pencils jam, or snap, or the erases fall out or leave smudges on the paper, and these pencils don't do any of that. From this teacher's point of view, these are the best mechanical pencils out there.
Amazing pencils from a college kid!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Tiffany N. on August 25, 2015
Really fashionable, pretty pencils! If you're a parent, please consider buying your child these pencils! They are SO pretty and they write really well. I have yet to see the lead shatter and I have been using these for almost 2 months now. Buy these, you won't regret it! PS- the pencil pouch is actually a makeup bag I bought here on amazon by clinique!
Giant pack of pencils, very high quality for the price

5.0 out of 5.0 by RP on May 18, 2016
I'm a little heavy handed (in the literal sense) when it comes to writing, and so I've always run into the problem of breaking mechanical pencils. When I read these were a little thicker and harder to break, I was a little dubious but figured I'd give them a try over several of the other options. I was pleasantly surprised --- they work very well and it breaking the pencil tips has become considerably rarer.

They write well, you can't beat the price and should last anyone a very long time. Some people may love or hate the colors -- that's up to personal taste -- but you can get a good sense of them from the picture, so you know what you're getting.

I really can't find anything to complain about. This is an easy 5 out of 5 star review -- this is a clear win on price, quality and features.
Great for teachers and students!

5.0 out of 5.0 by alewis1227 on April 1, 2017
I am a fourth grade teacher and bought 5 boxes of these pencils to put in our "classroom store" for the students to "buy" with their behavior points. These pencils are always a big hit. The colorful barrels provide many options to both boys and girls (surprisingly the girls will go for the other colors besides just the pink ones). These are regularly priced at $5 for a 24 pack on amazon and that's about the best price you will see for decent mechanical pencils anywhere. I will continue buying these pencils for years as long as the price stays the same! Thanks Bic and Amazon!
Big Family Pack Means Convenience

5.0 out of 5.0 by J. A. Connolly on March 8, 2013
Around our home, we can rarely find a sharpened pencil with an eraser. Whether it's homework at night or in the morning, at the house or at school or at a different math class, the kids, ages 7 and 9, always need pencils and an eraser. My kids misplace more pencils than I can count and it drives me crazy. Sometimes it's one of the cats rolling it away out of sight or at least out of reach.

But a pack of 24 pencils lasts a long time. I take out about 5 at a time. I have a little holder hanging from the side of a cabinet where the kids can grab their own pencil, or if I think of it, I'll grab one for each and put it next to their homework so they can sit and start right in.

The erasers on these don't look like they will erase well; they look almost too smooth. But they do a more than adequate job--not the best, but it's effective enough. And the kids like them!

The point is .9mm, which is slightly thicker than some of the others we've tried, which means they break off slightly less often. They are #2, so acceptable for most tests. There are a variety of colors.
Great Little Mechanical Pencil

5.0 out of 5.0 by Pam on September 30, 2015
I purchased these mechanical pencils for my kids. 13 and 15 they've come to see the light of mechanical pencils, pencils you don't have to get up to sharpen.

I purchased BIC because I like just about everything BIC makes, and because these are/were a good value. Value is important because the kids go through a lot of them during the school year. They lose them and loan them. Plus they actually use them.

These are top loaded pencils with a very good eraser. The lead makes a suitable #2 line and the eraser doesn't smudge nor destroy your paper. The kids find them comfortable. Adults like me might want to get those squishy make-stick pens and pencils comfy adapters. You get 3 lead segments per pencil and they are throw away, there are no additional erasers or anything to purchase to make them last longer.

I RECOMMEND if you are looking for an affordable throwaway.