Been a while beta but I'm back in business :). I finally got an IC decapsulation setup up and running in my new lab. by danreetz at January beta 20, 2013 08:50 PM. Now I can get back to real work.
I also wrapped a band of copper wire around the base to prevent the two screws from becoming a cantilever upon which the tip could pivot. I I drilled two holes through the outer knurled section, and inserted two beta self tapping screws. However today it annoyed me enough to necessitate a fix. As it turns out, the pencil is either a factory reject, or it is beta a counterfeit.