I had bought a .7mm version of Papermate Technician II at Dick Blick but since they didn't have a .5mm I checked online to try to buy it. I was disappointed to find out that I couldn't find it on the internet and even eBay! I wrote to Papermate and asked them if they had any for sale but they said they did not. They did give me some places I could try and one of them was fortunate enough to still have it in stock. When I called them up and got their address, I decided to visit the place when I had the chance. Today, I finally had that chance and drove 2 hours where they were located. It was 10 minutes before closing time when I came in and asked them about the Technician II. The lady said that she'll get it from the warehouse. She came back 5 minutes later with a box full of it. I got 2 and also paid for a Staedtler 9605 I found on their shelf.
With its slick black plastic barrel, contoured rubber grip, metal pocket clip with Japan engraved on it, 4mm fixed sleeve and a twist eraser, the Papermate Technician II is definitely a nice addition to my collection. It's comfortable to write with and has a medium weight with the balance tipped to the front.