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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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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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These are everything...
April 25, 2016
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These are everything people said they were!!
Soft, beautiful and ...
March 22, 2016
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Soft, beautiful and wonderful!
I had been wanting to...
January 20, 2016
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I had been wanting to try these pencils for a while. I use mostly lead holders and wanted to try a nice wood pencil. The graphite is very soft and very dark. A bit more so than I am used to. It does make a nice line and is great for shadows. If you are going to do any layouts with the pencil you may want something a little harder. Overall I love the pencil and love drawing with it. The graphite is really high quality and the cedar they use for the pencil smells great. I do think there should be a variety pack of these pencils so you can try the various grades before committing to a box of 12.
Love these pencils! The...
January 20, 2016
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Love these pencils! The writing is very dark, smooth, and flawless. I work in pencil, writing notes, and can use this Palomino all day long. I treated myself to a box of these pencils and I'm glad I did!
These are my go-to pencils...
December 7, 2015
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These are my go-to pencils for drawing. The smooth, soft lead is perfect for my sketchbook drawings. I love working in my Moleskine sketchbooks and rubbing the marks to produce nice even tones. The erasers are perfect and lift the pencil lines wonderfully. I also use the Mono Zero eraser pen with the 2.3 mm white erasers which let me get much more precise at times.

Definitely get the Palomino two-stage sharpener as well. The best sharpener for these guys.

This really is the Lamborghini of pencils. Worth the price. Can't recommend it highly enough. If you want to check out what they can do check out my website: www.georgepratt.com
George Pratt
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