I have been using these pencils for 30 years. They are sturdy, write long and beautifully, don't put holes in your pocket, and are manufactured with watch-like quality. Apparently Pentel found a some boxes of them in a warehouse and decided to put them up for sale on Amazon, where they become a smash hit Imagine getting 36 reviews on a product on Amazon ... that has been discontinued! And the average review is a 4.2! Imagine any Amazon product where the top review is a professional who has been using the product since 1979. Do you think anyone is using an Apple product from 1979? These pencils are unreal. I bought as many as I could and continue to buy them off Amazon at a monsterous premium in shear fear the used supply may eventually run dry.
Please, Pentel, make more!