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Palomino Blackwing Pencil - Pack of 12 in Black Gift Box - PALOMINO 103087
  THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT..., November 11, 2011
THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT Palomino Blackwing pencils! This one (in matte black) is the first, which has a soft lead and writes with a dark line. Customers expecting a pencil more like the original EF Blackwing wanted the shiny not-quite-black finish, the Half the Pressure slogan, the pink eraser, and a harder lead that wouldn't dull so quickly. A year later, CalCedar issued the Palomino Blackwing 602, which is closer in appearance and performance to the 90's era EF Blackwings (40's era Blackwings reputedly had softer leads). The Palomino Blackwing 602 doesn't write as dark a line as the Palomino Blackwing, but it holds its point longer. In my opinion, both write better than the original late-era EF Blackwings I've purchased off of eBay. As penciltalk.org's admin wrote in his 7/22/09 EF Blackwing post, "...the past achievements are acknowledged and celebrated, but decades of engineering advancement just can't be overcome."
Morning Glory Mach II Liquid Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Blue - MORNING GLORY MACH BL
  This pen SHOULD have..., February 26, 2010
This pen SHOULD have received several 5-star reviews by now. Not only is the writing smooth and the ink vivid (I've tried Blue and Purple), but where else are you going to find an ink reservoir a large as this? Only on an eyedropper pen is the answer. Nathan Tardif has shown that rollerballs use ink far more efficiently than fountain pens, so an eyedropper rollerball represents the ideal in longevity. Though this pen isn't refillable, it has the eyedropper-pen-reservoir's volume--at only $1.55! The MG Mach II is notable among disposable pens; kudos to JetPens for recognizing it.
Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Blue Body - UNI M54501P.33
  EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE..., January 21, 2010
EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE to write with, esp for extended sessions. The mechanism is reliable and it works as it should. As a bonus, it seems to act as a shock absorber for the lead, which reduces the incidence of breaks and snapping. Faber Castell of Germany uses a shock absorber in its much-acclaimed Vario line. The Vario is made of plastic, too, and costs a lot more than this one does. If you can live with a non-retractable lead protecting tube (as it's called in US Patent 3914059), this is an excellent choice for everyday use. The Vario's lead protecting tube is also non-retractable. If you need the retractable tube, I suggest either the Pilot Vanishing Point pencil or either of the the A.G. Spalding mechanical pencils available here at Jetpens. (The white rubberized body is comfortable too, but the mechanism can play havoc with the lead. I once had to delay the start of a monthly Library Board meeting I was taking the minutes for, while I cleaned lead pieces out of the nose cap. That only happened once, and maybe because of the soft 2B lead grade.) The Kuru Toga has joined the white AG Sparlding and FC Vario as my favorite everyday mechanical pencils.
A.G. Spalding & Bros BRA157 Roller Ball Pen - 0.5 mm - Maple Wood - Beige Body - RAYMAY BRA157 J
  A.G. Spalding manufactured..., September 18, 2008
A.G. Spalding manufactured the first baseballs and continues to supply the major leagues. The Beige color suggests a baseball bat. While other colors may be more attractive for a casual pen, Beige is the color most appropriate to this particular pen. People should know that these pens take the Pilot Hi Tech C Cavalier refill. While ordinary rollerball pens are a dime a dozen--common at any rate--Hi Tech C's are not. I've had a blue HTC Cavalier refill in my Orange pen for six months and it works great. (Beige gets the black Cavalier refill.)
A.G. Spalding & Bros BRA157 Roller Ball Pen - 0.5 mm - Maple Wood - Orange Body - RAYMAY BRA157 D
  If you want to REALLY..., September 18, 2008
If you want to REALLY impress people, use this pen with a Pilot Hi Tech C Cavalier refill. The needle point protruding from the end always gets noticed. And the cap on these pens has an insert to keep the rollerball refill from drying out. Regular roller ball pens are everywhere; the specialized Hi Tech C refills are different, they're not good in other pen/cap designs even if they fit, but they work PERFECTLY in this pen. (A droplet of ink may develop in the insert, which adheres to the point, but this is only temporary.) The A.G. Spalding name + Hi Tech C refill (in Cavalier!) makes for an impressive package. Note: Geometry and dimensions of the Hi Tech C Cavalier refill are identical to those of the Pilot G2 refill; Hi Tech C represents a step up.
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