And this one is certainly long and skinny, 16 cm/ 6 and a half Inches long and only 7mm thick (less than 1/4 of an Inch!)
It has a solid aluminum build. Even the inner lead tube is made out of aluminum, which is pretty uncommon nowadays. Because they used light aluminum instead of brass for the inner parts , the pencil is surprisingly light.
The pushbutton is the only plastic part, which is a little sad, because Caran d'ache actually makes very nice push buttons for their classic ballpoint range, which is basically the same model as this one. So with a little modification, they could easilly make them fit on the fixpencils!
Another weird thing: the company name and model name are printed underneath the clip, it's probably done to keep it clean, but it looks a bit strange!
With the body being made out of Aluminum, which is a soft material, it is a little less sturdy, and it is more susceptible to scratches and scuffs. And because mine didn't come in a box, it was already scuffed and scratched when I received it. As you can see in the picture below, mine had a pretty large scratch near the clip.
|To the right of the clip, there is a pretty big scratch!|
However the mechanism is very sturdy, and if a part breaks (which probably won't happen!), chances are high you can easilly find a replacement part for it, as they are sold separately.
The lead I used in this one is Faber-castell HB lead. It writes very smooth, but it is a little less dark than Staedtler HB lead.
This pencil will set you back about 17 Euros/ 22-25 USDollars, which isn't too expensive, but keep in mind that the body will get scratched and scuffed after use.