Following the immense success of the fantastic Grip 2001 pencil, Faber-Castell extended the line with erasers, sharpeners, colour pencils, mechanical pencils, and this, an oversize pencil.
Marketed as being easy to grip, and useful for children learning to write, both the pencil and the lead core of the Jumbo grip are oversize. Unlike the Grip 2001, the cap is unfinished, and the pencil has a reserved place to write one’s name. While the colour scheme is the same as the 2001, the dots are raised much less, the paint seems much thinner, and is more matte than glossy.
I found it a little bit awkward to use. It may just be that I’m not generally using oversize triangular pencils.
It’s also noticeably not the calibre of finish that the original Grip has. This is quite disappointing, as these are sold at a high price point.
The lead is visibly different (lighter) than that of the original, and perhaps a tad less smooth.
Overall, it seems like Faber-Castell made a derivative knock-off of their own high end product.
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