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I'm a little surprised...
August 1, 2010
I'm a little surprised how little love the Mono 100 has gotten in reviews.

I've been using high-end Japanese pencils for a while, and while I do like the Hi-Uni a lot, I find myself gravitating more toward the Mono 100 for writing. The real-world differences are pretty negligible unless you are obsessively comparing the two back and forth on a variety of surfaces (guilty), and even then the differences are small. They are both smooth as far as HB pencils go, but I find that the Hi-Uni is slightly more slippery on a Rhodia page, while the Mono feels a bit more viscous. Both qualities can be very desirable, and my feeling is that the Mono gives a very slightly superior degree of control and precision for writing. When moving the pencil a lot faster, in sketching for example, the slightly lower resistance of the Hi-Uni might be more appealing. I also have had fewer point breakages with the HB Mono 100 than with the HB Hi-Uni, though both are rare.

Both pencils are excellent, probably deserving of being called the best pencils in the world today. If you're struggling to decide which to get (and can't afford both), flip a coin or choose by aesthetics or brand identity and you won't be disappointed.
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REview for B Grade. so...
January 21, 2015
REview for B Grade.
so far so good - like literally, really impressed - i learned to draw using a mechanical pencil so therefor emy lines were quite stiff to beign with and i got a few lead breakages - but after adjusting my grip and drawing profiles for maybe an hour the lead breakages stopped.

These pencils are striaght, evenly cored (suprisingly a major problem in many well known brands, staedtler being one of them) and the wood seems to be of superoir quality - often taking a shiny "glittering" effect when shapened in a long point sharpener.
strong and resiliant, they maintain a point for aobut 20 minutes or so for detialed or an hour until it starts to become "thick" and pretty much useless if your doing detailed work

I havent used a uni-hi pencil so i dont know the coparison - but i can say thes ebeat any other pencils ive used hand' down - mainly the staedtler lumo mar's pencils as they have too much "grit" and connection with the paper.

As for the lead well it is smooth enough to feel smooth, but ther eis a definate "fff" sound as you draw - the sound youd expect to hear in an animation studio really. its not so annoying really, but it depends- if you want a "buttery" lead as you draw using your should or hld the end of the pencil for long flowing lines - its not so good for that as say, palomino - but given this, it allows for a better variety of control.

the end piece past the metal clips appears to be amde out of a polymer plastic - for what purposes i dont know - but ti does seem to add a better weighting to the pencil - and really makes it stand out. this means you lose approximately 1.5cm of available pencil use - but im sure you arnet going to moan about that when you feel the smooth, but grippy texture these pencils offer.

for those who argue that you cant tell the difference in pencils- well, if you go high enough quality your sort of right- a staedtler will get the job done nicely - but these are a darker lead, producing better controlled lines , and as such i can see why theyre favoured by animators and some illustrators.

sow hoy SHOULD you buy this pencil? - if your lookign for good strong linework , with decent flow, flexibility (in a b or HB grade) then the mono 100 HB/B are good , storng, well made and superoir pencils to getting the job done - but they wont make you a miracle worker -try practicsing with a cheaper pencil first, then move to these - i can gurantee you will appreciate the difference that much more.

peace out~
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November 1, 2010
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THE BEST PENCIL!!! The lead is smooth and so id the wood, yes i know its a little pricy but still, its worth is TRUST ME!!! 100/100
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I am not terribly impressed...
December 12, 2013
I am not terribly impressed by the HB version of Mono 100. It leaves a rather light mark and a little scratchy compared with the Hi Uni and the Palomino (original HB or the blackwing 602).
jerry Lee
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