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 4.8 (8 customer reviews)
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May 17, 2012
When I bought these,...
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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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November 9, 2014
Easy on the hand as virtually...
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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
April 22, 2013
The ultimate luxurious...
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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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November 25, 2012
Butter smooth, dark,...
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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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December 27, 2011
I find these are really...
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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January 9, 2015
Bought these for a gift....
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Bought these for a gift. Got myself the Pearls. I love them, they seem like a superior pencil.

November 12, 2014
I cannot say how much...
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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!

November 6, 2014
I bought these to try...
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I bought these to try out, and see if they are up to all the hype for drawing and sketching. They are very nice pencils - no doubt...will have to use them longer to decide if worth the price to purchase again, or if I will continue to use the Ebony pencils for drawing.