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
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.
-not too flashy
-cost: If you don't need it for actual drafting, it might not be worth the
money. It is definitely made out of better materials than some of the other
pencils out there, but a good portion of the price you're paying is probably
going towards importing it from Japan. I bought it for taking notes and doing
homework, and while it's nice, I can't help but think that I would have been
better off with the cheaper Staedtler 925-25 or another solid pencil.