I'm not a big pencil user, but I do like to have a couple of basic mechanical pencils lying down for writing rough drafts and lists, solving sudoku puzzles, and making quick sketches. A pencil is also a necessary item for writing in my Rite in the Rain field notebook. As chance would have it, I was on a field trip late last fall with said notebook when I misplaced one of my mechanical pencils. I must have dropped it, but the ground was covering with twigs and decaying wood, most of which were the same drab colour as my pencil, the light was fading, and my pencil was nowhere to be seen. Luckily, not long before that unfortunate episode, I had received a Pentel School Essentials pack from a giveaway at Tiger Pens, which included this mechanical pencil:
|The Pentel Fiesta.|
|Okay, it's not that exciting.|
|Erasing in action!|
|Peeling sticker. It is, I think, meant to be removed.|
Overall, the Pentel Fiesta is a thoroughly average and functional, but also unremarkable, mechanical pencil. Although it had a few details I appreciated, there was nothing that really made it stand out from the crowd. It's not a bad choice if you're looking for a basic pencil, but I wouldn't bother to actively seek it out.
Related review: Dave's Mechanical Pencils.