This pencil has been receiving some attention lately, and rumors have been laid to rest that it was discontinued. I think the rumor started with the Bundoki website listing for the pencil, which stated that stock was limited because it was discontinued (perhaps they meant that they were just going to discontinue carrying them). Furthermore, the pencils were being made by Pentel who had recently discontinued their Black Polymer pencils, so it made sense that CDT’s pencil could be disappearing as well. The question was cleared-up and you can read more about it here.
It’s a nice HB, though some have reported mixed results with regard to the finish. The few I have don’t have any problems, but several people have noted that theirs have defects in the lacquer (e.g. sloppy, or thin in places). Not such a big deal if this were a common item that you could pick up at the local store, but when you have to go to such lengths to get them (in this case, from Japan), the disappointment can become amplified if things aren’t right.
The leads are polymer-based instead of having clay in them, which means they are smooth to write with. It would be nice if CDT could offer a wider range of grades, but seeing how they tend to offer just one of everything in their catalog, it seems unlikely.