This bullet pencil was purchased from Metal Comb Works during their Kickstarter campaign but is now available from their website at www.bulletpencil.com. While I don't use pencils very often, the boys on the Erasable Podcast were talking it up and I wanted one too. The premise for the bullet pencil was that it was available in a standard configuration as well as a stylus variety and this was where the design suffered. More on this later.
Body Diameter = 11mm
Body Length with Eraser = 108 mm
Bullet Insert Length = 38 mm
Bullet Insert Protrusion = 18 mm
Total Length in the Pocket = 125 mm
Max Posted Length = 185 mm
The machined body is turned from aluminum and anodized. The bullet insert is quite well conceived with internal threading to grip onto the pencil insert and a transverse mounted spring plunger to lock the bullet insert into the machined body. This design makes for fast and easy deployment of the pencil; two thumbs up.
As you travel further up the barrel you come to a clip that is very reminiscent of the one's used by Karas Kustoms on their early pen designs. It is held in place by two small socket head cap screws and performs its function admirably. Finally the barrel ends in an eraser that has been liberated from a Palomino Blackwing 602. The aesthetic works well.
Everything sounds so positive, what is my beef with this design? The decision to incorporate a stylus has forced a compromise that shouldn't have been made. To be able to use the pencil closed in stylus mode, the barrel had to be made quite long, which is evident from its 125 mm closed length. This means that if a maximum sized pencil insert is used (approximately 75 mm) the posted length of the bullet pencil approaches 185 mm which is just ridiculous in appearance and function. The stylus aspect of this pencil design should have been scrapped and the barrel length reduced by about 20 mm to make the perfect bullet pencil. As it is, I run with a short insert and it works just fine but it would be so much better if the barrel was shorter.
Would I buy it again... likely not, I'm just not a pencil guy and it hasn't seen much use. Apart from the barrel being too long, the design is solid. The bullet insert grips the pencil tightly, the pencil is convenient to deploy, the clip works great. It's all plus, plus, plus except for being too long in use. My recommendation to Metal Comb Works would be to offer a shorty model too for those of us who do not want to have the stylus functionality.