The pencil which comes sharpened is cylindrical with a metal ferrule and black eraser. Faber-Castell and the FC logo -two jousting knights- is printed in grey near the top. b2 is engraved on the barrel. It writes like a standard pencil, maybe HB or softer. Nothing to write home about but a good pencil to take to school where functionality is perhaps more important that style. Because style is not something the Perfect Pencil Junior has in abundance.
Most of what is wrong with its style -or lack thereof- is the extender or cap. Half smooth glossy, half ribbed mat, it features a wide clip and the top slides open to reveal the opening of the sharpener. The top of the cap can be detached when it needs emptying. Practical yes. Stylish no. The plastic contraption does not work well as an extender as it makes the pencil top heavy and in addition it rattles when posted. Good news though that the extender/cap fits any pencil.
The slimmer version is certainly more pleasant to the eye with the much more elegant cap and ribbed detachable sharpener at the top. But then the pencil shavings cannot be saved within the cap as is the case with the larger/wider version. Oh, well. Can't have everything.
If you can't afford its posh relative -the real Perfect Pencil- the Junior can serve as well.
Children's monosyllabic verdict: "Awesome."