The Twist Bullet Pencil was a co-creation from Metal Shop and Huckleberry Woodchuck that culminated in a Kickstarter campaign. This was my first foray into the bullet pencil world and also my best Kickstarter experience to date. Being an international customer I was expecting my Twist bullet pencil to appear a lot slower than other backers, however magically I seemed to receive mine at a similar time to other US backers. This was completely unexpected but a very pleasant surprise. A great start!
As the project blew its funding goal out of the water and reached the proposed stretch goals, recipients were able to choose from 5 different colour options. These were aluminium, black, blue, green or red. From here you then choose your preferred tip option. The last three colours were part of the stretch goal within the Kickstarter campaign. I opted for the red barrel and brass bullet tip and I LOVE this colour combination. The gold and red go so well together and make this one classy, high-end bullet pencil. The bullet pencils shipped with Blackwing 602's, a personal favourite of mine, with each backer receiving 3 pencil stubs and a spare rubber.
For the pencil tip I decided to choose the bullet version to stick to the vintage feel that these pencils have. I have been using it quite a bit and trying not to be too precious with it. The pencil has been a daily carry item for me and has held up well.
The Twist bullet pencil looks big when you first get it, almost a bit too long. But once you screw in the pencil to the casing it's actually a great size. I have added a photo below next to a new Blacking 602 as a comparison. The weighting is perfect. The brass bullet acts as a great balancing weight in the middle of the pencil. Having not tried a vintage bullet pencil I was a bit apprehensive about this.
There is one downside I have noticed with my bullet pencil. When screwing the pencil back into the aluminium housing there is some stiffness. I am hoping that I do not have a rare faulty pencil, so far it seems to be holding up well. I am taking this as a small design issue or a one off flaw rather than a generic issue, however I wanted to point this minor negative out.
My next task with the Twist bullet pencil is creating some pencil stubs from other pencil brands to try out. I don't use pencils fast enough to create lots of stubs and there are so many pencils out there to try I rarely work them down. I can kiss goodbye to a few hours trawling YouTube to try and find out how to do this - any suggestions please let me know.
All in all I am pleased I backed this project. For my first exploration into the bullet pencil world this was a great experience from start to finish. I would highly recommend the Twist bullet pencil for personal use or alternatively as a gift to someone. The design is brilliant, simple and classy.
The good news is if you missed the Kickstarter campaign or simply want more bullet pencils you can now buy these pencils from the Metal Shop website. Hurrah!