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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by B.C.Electrical
3rd May 2021

Bought this after having a go with a friends one and instantly got online and bought this and the bigger version. I use these daily without fail. No more rummaging in the tool bag, van or pockets trying to find a pencil that’s broken. Highly recommend

Bought this after having a go with a friends one and instantly got online and bought this and the bigger version.
I use these daily without fail.
No more rummaging in the tool bag, van or pockets trying to find a pencil that’s broken.
Highly recommend


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by PJM joinery
6th March 2021

I have just recently bought them and have only used it once and im immediately impressed with it easy to use and great for the hard to reach bit

I have just recently bought them and have only used it once and im immediately impressed with it easy to use and great for the hard to reach bit


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Handyman Brian
1st March 2021

Fantastic mechanical pencil, I have had one of these for around two years now and if I could rate it higher I would. Brilliant when hanging things with deep holes. It has an on-board sharpener for finer markings and the graphite lasts ages. The most impressive part must be the plastic sheath that you can clip onto your pencil pocket on your trousers to store the pencil in, it never falls off. The only upgrade I would add is a replaceable eraser to the cap, other than that I wouldn’t change a thing. Don’t be fooled into buying the cheaper brand that looks almost the same as this one it’s no where near as good.

Fantastic mechanical pencil, I have had one of these for around two years now and if I could rate it higher I would. Brilliant when hanging things with deep holes. It has an on-board sharpener for finer markings and the graphite lasts ages. The most impressive part must be the plastic sheath that you can clip onto your pencil pocket on your trousers to store the pencil in, it never falls off. The only upgrade I would add is a replaceable eraser to the cap, other than that I wouldn’t change a thing. Don’t be fooled into buying the cheaper brand that looks almost the same as this one it’s no where near as good.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Denne Joinery
5th February 2021

It’s good I’m a joiner and always forget to take my pencil when I’m going from my bench but this in my pocket is good never falls out unlike a pencil on the ear only downfall I find is you have to sharpen it a lot

It’s good I’m a joiner and always forget to take my pencil when I’m going from my bench but this in my pocket is good never falls out unlike a pencil on the ear only downfall I find is you have to sharpen it a lot


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Ralans
2nd February 2021

These are quite good and can produce a narrow accurate mark on most surfaces. Not sure if they are value for money as you can buy a normal pencil for pennies. If you lose one of these, your talking pounds to replace it. Overall I think a normal pencil is better value for money!

These are quite good and can produce a narrow accurate mark on most surfaces. Not sure if they are value for money as you can buy a normal pencil for pennies. If you lose one of these, your talking pounds to replace it. Overall I think a normal pencil is better value for money!


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by WR Services
21st January 2021

It is a very good pencil and can write on nearly anything. It does struggle on some metals but obviously that’s not what it’s for. It is quite expensive but if you look after it it will look after you

It is a very good pencil and can write on nearly anything. It does struggle on some metals but obviously that’s not what it’s for. It is quite expensive but if you look after it it will look after you


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by D C PLUMBING AND HEATING
19th January 2021

Fantastic bit of kit. Simple idea and very effective. Great for marking fixing holes through shower profiles and other normally tricky stuff.

Fantastic bit of kit. Simple idea and very effective. Great for marking fixing holes through shower profiles and other normally tricky stuff.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by London Renew and Refurb ltd
1st November 2020

Absolutely fantastic bit of kit spent year using a pencil of sizes and colours came across when a mate had one and tried it out works a treat

Absolutely fantastic bit of kit spent year using a pencil of sizes and colours came across when a mate had one and tried it out works a treat


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Csp Elec
10th October 2020

For what a thought was pricey at first had got me out of a couple of sticky situations. Got all different colour leads and is easy to use and sharpen. Brilliant for marking up

For what a thought was pricey at first had got me out of a couple of sticky situations. Got all different colour leads and is easy to use and sharpen. Brilliant for marking up


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Direct Developments and Maintenance Ltd
4th May 2020

Fantastic bit of kit until the end snapped, I would still rate is 4 star, I’m back to a pencil as you can’t go wrong, I would use them and recommend them for sure

Fantastic bit of kit until the end snapped, I would still rate is 4 star, I’m back to a pencil as you can’t go wrong, I would use them and recommend them for sure


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by D Baker Carpentry
29th March 2020

Having only just got a Pica pencil I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised how handy it is. Lead protected by case that incorporates a sharpener for keeping lead in good order for marking. These pencils allow additional colour leads to be used to allow marking out on multiple surfaces. A great item to have.

Having only just got a Pica pencil I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised how handy it is.

Lead protected by case that incorporates a sharpener for keeping lead in good order for marking.
These pencils allow additional colour leads to be used to allow marking out on multiple surfaces.
A great item to have.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Around To
5th March 2020

Was good until I used the yellow crayon style lead. It broke off and has rendered the pencil unusable. It’s a shame because I did like using it. But I’m sticking with the carpenters pencils from now on.

Was good until I used the yellow crayon style lead. It broke off and has rendered the pencil unusable. It’s a shame because I did like using it. But I’m sticking with the carpenters pencils from now on.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Heath Electrical Services (MK) Ltd
12th November 2019

Absolute game changer. Fantastic design. Saves on having a pocket full of pencils everyday as its impossible to loose. Great value for money.

Absolute game changer. Fantastic design. Saves on having a pocket full of pencils everyday as its impossible to loose. Great value for money.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by P and r heating
15th September 2019

Purchased one of these after seeing other tradesmen promote them on social media, what a difference this makes to my daily jobs, I used to lose numerous pencils every week but after buying this pencil and glide I’ve managed to not lose it within a year of owning it

Purchased one of these after seeing other tradesmen promote them on social media, what a difference this makes to my daily jobs, I used to lose numerous pencils every week but after buying this pencil and glide I’ve managed to not lose it within a year of owning it


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by L T Franklin property services
14th September 2019

I am usually a square carpenters pencil kind of guy and bought one of these on a whim. I liked the idea of having a sheath of my pencil so first it didnt get lost in the depths of my pocket or on the floor. After the first day using it hanging doors I don't think I could go back now. Having the sharpener in the sheath makes it easy to keep the point needle sharp and being able to extend the lead to reach into deeper holes and then retract it back is a nice feature. I do find that the lead does lose its point easily but I have purchased a back of harder graphite refills to see if that solves the problem

I am usually a square carpenters pencil kind of guy and bought one of these on a whim. I liked the idea of having a sheath of my pencil so first it didnt get lost in the depths of my pocket or on the floor. After the first day using it hanging doors I don't think I could go back now. Having the sharpener in the sheath makes it easy to keep the point needle sharp and being able to extend the lead to reach into deeper holes and then retract it back is a nice feature. I do find that the lead does lose its point easily but I have purchased a back of harder graphite refills to see if that solves the problem


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by A Royal Flush Plumbing
9th July 2019

Feels solid in the hand and you can feel the quality - I've dropped it, stood on it and still no issues. Works as before the accidents. Marks everything easily, gets into screw holes to mark them easy enough, can sharpen to a fine point instantly as built in, no more trying to find a knife or having a separate sharpener. I rated the features at 5 out of 5 stars because of this built in sharpener as there is not much more that can beat that. Makes life so much easier and the fact you can retract the lead when needed for safety as well or make it longer if needed to get into small holes, makes it perfect for every job. It might seem a lot of money at first for this kind of product but as long as it comes with a few lead replacements it won't seem as bad. Is it worth the money for sure on it's own? I think so having used it but for those that have never used it or known someone who has they could find it steep for a 'pencil' and stick with the free Screwfix ones. NO comparison in reality though - people should invest in this as it makes life so much easier!

Feels solid in the hand and you can feel the quality - I've dropped it, stood on it and still no issues. Works as before the accidents. Marks everything easily, gets into screw holes to mark them easy enough, can sharpen to a fine point instantly as built in, no more trying to find a knife or having a separate sharpener. I rated the features at 5 out of 5 stars because of this built in sharpener as there is not much more that can beat that. Makes life so much easier and the fact you can retract the lead when needed for safety as well or make it longer if needed to get into small holes, makes it perfect for every job. It might seem a lot of money at first for this kind of product but as long as it comes with a few lead replacements it won't seem as bad. Is it worth the money for sure on it's own? I think so having used it but for those that have never used it or known someone who has they could find it steep for a 'pencil' and stick with the free Screwfix ones. NO comparison in reality though - people should invest in this as it makes life so much easier!


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Nickthegas
9th July 2019

I don't think the sleeve is quite right as it is too loose. I think it has design issues. Namely the pen should lock in as it's loose the pen is too easy to lose. You have to keep retracting the pen to put it in the sleeve or the pencil keeps snapping especially on the coloured pencils. It's an old take on the original retractable pencil. I have used retractable pencils for years from my old drawing days and still going strong. I did like the thicker inserts which are good for my trade. Just wish they had gone a bit further. Not a bad price but I think it would grate on me to keep retracting the pencil to put it in the sleeve or have to keep sharpening it if I forgot to retract it, if it locked in place I would not have kept dropping it or worst of all lost it. Would have been well miffed if I lost it after paying 9.99

I don't think the sleeve is quite right as it is too loose. I think it has design issues. Namely the pen should lock in as it's loose the pen is too easy to lose. You have to keep retracting the pen to put it in the sleeve or the pencil keeps snapping especially on the coloured pencils. It's an old take on the original retractable pencil. I have used retractable pencils for years from my old drawing days and still going strong. I did like the thicker inserts which are good for my trade. Just wish they had gone a bit further. Not a bad price but I think it would grate on me to keep retracting the pencil to put it in the sleeve or have to keep sharpening it if I forgot to retract it, if it locked in place I would not have kept dropping it or worst of all lost it. Would have been well miffed if I lost it after paying 9.99


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Priory Gas Services Ltd
9th July 2019

It's big, it's tough and easy to swap the colour over. The clip is strong and the pencil part detaches with ease whilst the bottom half stays in your pocket. It's slim pencil tip gets in to the smallest holes. You can't get many features on a pencil but what's available is exactly what you need and well thought out. Pricing is competitive against other brands.

It's big, it's tough and easy to swap the colour over. The clip is strong and the pencil part detaches with ease whilst the bottom half stays in your pocket. It's slim pencil tip gets in to the smallest holes. You can't get many features on a pencil but what's available is exactly what you need and well thought out. Pricing is competitive against other brands.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by The Boiler Guys
9th July 2019

This pencil is very easy to find amongst my tools, it has a great feel, very easy to load the graphite, which incidentally marks really well. The choice of colours is really useful also. I like to use a pencil sharpener as a craft knife, so having a sharpener built in saves a lot of time hunting about, can't wait to use it for wood work as well. Very easy to use - no searching for sharpener or any dodgy broken leads. Rated features at 5 stars because of the choice of lead colours, built in tip sharpener, easy to find, good grip, I can clip it to my clothing, and it looks like a pro product. I would just be upset if I lost it at £10 a pop.

This pencil is very easy to find amongst my tools, it has a great feel, very easy to load the graphite, which incidentally marks really well. The choice of colours is really useful also. I like to use a pencil sharpener as a craft knife, so having a sharpener built in saves a lot of time hunting about, can't wait to use it for wood work as well. Very easy to use - no searching for sharpener or any dodgy broken leads. Rated features at 5 stars because of the choice of lead colours, built in tip sharpener, easy to find, good grip, I can clip it to my clothing, and it looks like a pro product. I would just be upset if I lost it at £10 a pop.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Vital Plumbers Ltd
9th July 2019

Very well made product and the case is great. Easy to use and easy to sharpen the lead or even reload it. Features are much better than others - no competitors. A little pricey if you lose it though.

Very well made product and the case is great. Easy to use and easy to sharpen the lead or even reload it. Features are much better than others - no competitors. A little pricey if you lose it though.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Ideal Boilers
9th July 2019

Good product, good housing, good quality. Easy to use. Marks really good and looks good too. The sharpener is so handy just don't push it too hard! All in all a good bit of kit. Good price for what it does, other prices bit cheaper but not as good.

Good product, good housing, good quality. Easy to use. Marks really good and looks good too. The sharpener is so handy just don't push it too hard! All in all a good bit of kit. Good price for what it does, other prices bit cheaper but not as good.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Mato Plumbing and Heating
9th July 2019

Have only been using for a few weeks so unable to say about full benefit but have been quite impressed! Quite unique with the holder plus ease of sharpening. The interchange with refills makes it useful.

Have only been using for a few weeks so unable to say about full benefit but have been quite impressed! Quite unique with the holder plus ease of sharpening. The interchange with refills makes it useful.


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Review for Pica-Dry 3030: Longlife Automatic Pen by Surrey Plumbing Solutions Ltd
9th July 2019

It hasn't left me since I got it! Used it on everything from tile to plaster, worktops etc. It's far better than what I was using before. It sits in a holder so I have it to hand rather than scrabbling about or looking behind my ear! Everything on it I need, sharpener is on hand, leads easy to replace. It's great value, but that is because I've used it. Guess it sounds a lot for a pencil but it's far superior to what I was using before.

It hasn't left me since I got it! Used it on everything from tile to plaster, worktops etc. It's far better than what I was using before. It sits in a holder so I have it to hand rather than scrabbling about or looking behind my ear! Everything on it I need, sharpener is on hand, leads easy to replace. It's great value, but that is because I've used it. Guess it sounds a lot for a pencil but it's far superior to what I was using before.


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