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When I bought these,...
May 17, 2012
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When I bought these, I ideally wanted to use them for notes or homework. Keep this in mind, because I'm no artist.

I love how dark and smooth these pencils are, but they're a bit impractical for everyday use. I write extremely lightly, but the lead still loses its point pretty quickly. Even if I rotate the pencil at the end of every word, the line becomes thick very quickly. The only solution is to sharpen the pencil every couple minutes. Also, the unique design of the eraser doesn't really help, since you won't be able to use a pencil holder to make use of that last inch of precious lead.

I find that writing with my Rotring 600 with .5mm 4B lead works much better. It's just as smooth, if not smoother than the Blackwing, and there's no need to sharpen every 20 words.

Overall, I'm sure the Blackwings have their use for artists or the occasional bold word, but they're not the best for notes.
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Easy on the hand as virtually...
November 9, 2014
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Easy on the hand as virtually no pressure required to write. Regular item for me. Love the erasers. Worth the price. Won't gouge paper in my books when jotting notes. Wish they made a fatter version but these will help save your hands from cramping.
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Ghost Plane
The ultimate luxurious...
April 22, 2013
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The ultimate luxurious crossword experience:
Scan the puzzle, laser print it on HP Premium Choice (32lb.) laser paper, use a quality clipboard and a Palomino Blackwing pencil, sharpened with a KUM or Palomino long point sharpener. Life is good!
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Butter smooth, dark,...
November 25, 2012
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Butter smooth, dark, and well centered. These sharpen up beautifully. I love the extra long eraser, and the way these sketch with ease and swiftness.
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I find these are really...
December 27, 2011
I find these are really nice for shading they are very dark compared to most other pencils I’ve tried but there also very soft so there not my first choice for sketching. The erasers actually pretty good and also removable so that comes in pretty handy. It’s a very well made pencil the lead cores been dead center all the ones I’ve tried. I’m definitely going to keep a few in my pencil box from now on.
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Extremely smooth pencil....
May 25, 2015
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Extremely smooth pencil. Would love a slightly harder version that would be a bit more resistant to smudging that is really my only issue. it sharpens great and has good tone.
Really, these are just...
March 17, 2015
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Really, these are just 2B pencils at best. I mean, of a mediocre kind. Okay, maybe a 3B from the grocery store. This Blackwing thing is ALL hype, i.e., lies. (I bough several packs of these things on a humble, too! You know I feel like a foo-oo-oo-oool) I mean, I really do like the erasers. But, at the end of the day, is that why we buy a pencil, for the eraser? Of course not. And, by the way, the erasers really are a scratchy dusty knobby piece. These people at Palomino definitely got the king's new cloths, with these sticks. Clever lot there. And I (we) bought it. Well, my friend, stop buying it. It is rubbish. Gritty, grayish, kinda blackish if you scrub hard enough, overly priced. Enough said.
Very smooth and dark...
February 24, 2015
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Very smooth and dark line.
Bought these for a gift....
January 9, 2015
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Bought these for a gift. Got myself the Pearls. I love them, they seem like a superior pencil.
I cannot say how much...
November 12, 2014
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I cannot say how much I love the quality and perfection that these pencils are!!!! If you love to sketch, you will love these pencils!
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