Zebra Delguard Mechanical Pencil Review

The Zebra Delguard is a precision mechanical pencil that comes with a few notable design choices such as the lead protection system. Its high build quality, lead protection system, and comfortable grip make it a high-value mechanical pencil.

Switching to a mechanical pencil eliminates a lot of the hassle associated with traditional pencils, such as the constant need to sharpen them. 

With every iteration of mechanical pencils that you find on the market, you’ll see features unique to each brand that makes each pencil special. These features determine if mechanical pencils fit your use case, but not every kind is worthy of replacing traditional ones. 

So, to find out if it fits the bill, read the following Zebra Delguard review.

Zebra Delguard Mechanical Pencil Review

Design: Full Of Unique Features

Right off the bat, you may notice that the Zebra Delguard has a nice feel to it, thanks to the build quality from one end of the pencil to the other.

Functionally, the Zebra Delguard mechanical pencil may initially seem like it’s no different from other pencils, but there is one key differentiator. Thisprimary design difference reflects the ingenuity of Zebra’s design, making it worth considering.

The Delguard is special thank to its lead system that has springs to keep the tip from breaking if it encounters a high writing pressure. When you press down with excessive pressure, a lead pipe slides down to stop the lead from breaking. This means that you won’t have to fear lead breakage every time you press down on the paper a little harder than usual.

As for the colors, you’ll find the Zebra Delguard in blue, light blue, white, black, pink, and green shades. The barrel paint job has a nice finish to it, and the pocket clip is colored to complement the pencil’s body. But it may have been better if the pocket clip was made with metal instead of plastic for a better feel.

Grip: soft ridges with a comfortable feel
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Grip: Soft Ridges With A Comfortable Feel

If you prefer a hard grip, the Zebra Delguard mechanical pencil will fit the bill perfectly for you. Soft-edged ridges line the rugged plastic grip, making it easy to hold to and comfortable while writing in an extended session. The ridges do a lot to keep the pencil from slipping out during use, making it a significant addition to the pencil’s design.

Lead Type: 0.5mm Lead

If you like a specific kind of lead, you can switch the pre-loaded lead out. But if that doesn’t bother you, you can stick to the default lead. Zebra’s mechanical pencil works with 0.5mm lead, and the one it comes pre-loaded with does a fine enough job. The pre-loaded tip is dark enough and glides smoothly on a typical writing paper for an easygoing writing feel.

Price: medium range
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Price: Medium Range

At first glance, the price may seem a little steep, but the pencil’s features largely make up for it. The lead protection system makes the pencil worth purchasing, and its durable build quality will keep it going for a long time. 

Product Name: Zebra Delguard Type-ER Mechanical Pencil | Product Brand: Zebra | Body Material: Plastic | Diameter: 11.6mm | Grip Material: Rugged Plastic | Lead Size: 0.5mm | Color: Blue, light blue, white, black, pink, green
Zebra delguard mechanical pencil final verdict
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Zebra Delguard Verdict

If you’re looking to make a one-time purchase on mechanical pencils, the Zebra Delguard pencil may be a good option. This mechanical writing instrument has a durable build quality and a few features up its sleeve that will suit both first-timers and pros alike. 

Its lead protection system can be a game-changer, saving you from having to spend frequently on replacing broken leads. The pencil remains comfortable during long writing or drawing sessions, adding to its value. And the eraser sliding out of its casing when used is a noteworthy addition.

Checkout our next article on Faber Castell Tk-Fine Vario to continue your research on mechanical pencils, the Faber Castell too has an ace up its sleeve, a feature that we’ve found in no other brand!

On that note, we will now sign off. See you another time!

Anton G.
Anton is a RIBA accredited architect, when he's offline, he spends his time with the sculpta.ba architecture practice or in the MKR.S crafting studio, laser engraving and laser cutting architecture models. In his free time he geeks over taking care of his pencil and mechanical pencil collection.

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