Walgreens had a 20% off sale for vets yesterday (I went looking for the AV gift set but they didn't have it). They get odd pens and pencils there...a few weeks ago I got the Zebra cartridge fountain for $3...so yesterday I picked up the Zebra Delguard. I still swear by Zebra's M-701 all-steel .7 pencil, but have been wanting a softer lead to make darker, finer lines for the charting I do at work. Unfortunately, no one seems to make a 2B or softer in anything bigger than .5 so I've been using my Dad's reliable old .5 Parker Jotter with some really good 4B Pentel Stein lead from Japan. The lead writes just how I want but the problem is it's very fragile and breaks easily, while writing gently and even inside the pencil if I drop it or lay it down too hard. So I've been on the lookout for something else. That's when I found the Delguard. The point of this pencil is that it's supposed to have an inner mechanism that prevents .5 leads from breaking as easily as that size lead is known to do. It comes with standard HB leads so I won't know how it does for me until I get back to work where my 4B leads are. But the reviews on it are generally promising in more than one place. Anyone had a chance to use this pencil?