Rated 1.9 out of 5 by 11
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by tominoh Great Concept - Short Life
I was calling it my "new favorite tool" but it didn't last long. The string broke after only a few days' use. I took it apart and discovered the inside of the grommet is rough, which frayed the string until it broke. Poor construction and not repairable. It would be sooo simple to control that it the factory.
July 5, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by homer Need stronger string
I like the product very much, I keep 2 on me while working, one for sharpie marker, and one for pen. Just wish they make the string stronger.
April 4, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by HandyMan A tool that devolved from helpful to wasteful.
I bought my first retractable pencil holder (RPH) from Home Depot about 3 years ago. Amazingly, my first RPH lasted for more than a year. Loved it. My second about the same. Still loved it. Sadly, it appears the supplier recently contracted with a different plant to manufacture their product. Same name on the packaging but different look. Not such a bad thing, except..., I have gone thru 4 RPHs in 2 months. Poor quality. String breakage, & the boot that holds the pencil splits. Home Depot, you have lots of clout - pressure your supplier to fix their product, or drop their line.
November 12, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by JulioRicardo 5 Stars if quality improved
This is an excellent tool if it would last longer than a few pulls. At best it will last a deck job or two. Many times the string broke the first day. When they first came out , one would last for months. Since around summer of 2012, I have never had one last more than a week. At 1.99 x 52 weeks that adds up quite significantly. I am addicted to this item. If you have never used this, don't bother until they get the string breaking issue corrected.
February 14, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by LoudOhio Poor Quality - Broke in 1 week...
The string broke after just 1/2 doz. uses. The poor design and quality spoils what is a great tool. It is hard to believe Home Depot hasn't pulled these off the shelf and sent them back to their supplier. It is a piece of junk.
September 2, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by KJO789 Older model was much better!
I love this product, but it doesn't last nearly long enough. I had one for many YEARS before it broke. I bought a new one and it only lasted 3 months. Fix the quality problems and get better string!
July 2, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by crudfoot fell apart
I agree with a lot of the other reviews in that the build quality just isn't there. Great idea though. I would even pay more for the thing if it would last longer.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mec1955 Best tool ever!
I've been using this product for years and it has been extremely beneficial as I always have a pencil available when building my projects. I clip mine to my shirt collar. Most of my colleagues are more impressed with this tool than any other power tool I have in the shop. For $1.99, you can't beat it!
October 30, 2013