The X-Shock 286 is a surprise. It is yet another very well made pencil from a major European manufacturer that seems to be manufactured for southeast Asian markets.
The pencil’s box indicates Stabilo’s address in Germany and distributor in Malaysia, though not the country of origin.
The pencil is triangular, and finished in orange, with Stabilo’s trademark red cap and white cap ring. All markings are in white.
The wood is clearly pulai or jelutong. It sharpens very easily.
The lead is smooth, rich and dark. The pencils weigh about 3.9g, a standard modern weight, yet feel lighter – perhaps due to the shape – in my hand.
It is a very nice pencil, and a shocker at the price. There are some triangular shaped pencils on the market that should should be wary of this new competitor.
Though it seems to be inelegantly named (I imagine the name being appropriate for a new running shoe), it is still a great product, and highly recommended.