The first thing I noticed...
December 27, 2014
The first thing I noticed was how fragile the wood was during sharpening. While
the lead never broke, some wood would chip on occasion leaving the base of the
The general appearance of the pencil is simple and, as advertised, very
reminiscent of the yellow #2 pencils of yore. The finish is satisfactory on the
one I received. At first glance, it is fine but upon closer inspection, it
appears there are inconsistences in the enamel used. It appears as though it
were hand painted. All the stamps were even, except "For General Writing" which
The eraser works for this softness (H), but I wouldn't use it on a regular
basis. It would not last long under normal consistent wear. The shavings tend to
roll into themselves and into a long line of varying thickness.
My writing instrument of choice, for the most part, is a fountain pen, so my
touch has become variably light. Writing with this pencil, it feels like it
pushes back. The lead does have some bite/tooth/scratch and does keep a point
for a good period. It doesn't require often rotation, but when it happens, this
exposes the side with the bite. For my tastes, the lead is too light and though
I won't write with it, it will have its uses elsewhere.
Paper used: Strathmore's Writing paper, 24lb Woven