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Staedtler 925-25 Silver Series Drafting Pencil - 0.7 mm - STAEDTLER 92525-07
  It is very well made..., December 12, 2013
It is very well made and is a great writer. I have the 0.7 and 0.9 for writing. It feels great for drafting as the friction on the grip gives it great control although I have not done hand drafting for a very long time as nearly all technical drawing is done on computers. The matte finish and the cut on the grip makes it feel very secure and it is also very light in weight, not bottom heavy like many drafting pencil with a metal grip.
Staedtler Pencil Holder - Silver - STAEDTLER 900 25
  Very well made and works..., December 12, 2013
Very well made and works very well. I can use my favourity pencil until it is 3/4 inch long. It is also classy on a shirt pocket giving me that elegant nerdy scientist look.
Palomino Blackwing Pencil - Pack of 12 in Black Gift Box - PALOMINO 103087
  It writes with a very..., December 12, 2013
It writes with a very dark line and is also very smooth - very much like a 3B or 4B pencil. For me, it is too soft for writing as the sharp point wears way too quickly. The novelty of the unique eraser wears off quickly and its weight makes the pencil feel unbalanced. I much prefer the original Palomino (the version without the eraser) HB for writing.
Uni Mitsubishi Hi-Uni Pencil - HB - Box of 12 - UNI HUHB BUNDLE
  This is as good as it..., December 12, 2013
This is as good as it gets for writing. Very well balanced between darkness and retention of a sharp point (compared with Mono 100, all types of Palomino). Very smooth on even the low quality xerox machine papers. This and the Palomino blackwing 602 write very similarly; but the Hi Uni HB is a little smoother and retains the point better.
Tombow Mono 100 Pencil - HB - Pack of 12 - TOMBOW MONO-100HB BUNDLE
  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).
Palomino Blackwing Pencil - Pack of 12 in Black Gift Box - PALOMINO 103087
  very well made pencils...., October 31, 2013
very well made pencils. dark lines and smooth gliding on paper. I tried both the blackwing and the 602.

on xerox machine papers they feel the same to me but on smooth surfaced papers on good note books, the blackwing is better than the 602 for me. I compared it with many other pencils like the Hi Uni, tombow mono, staedtler lumograph, caran dache, etc. the blackwing is as good as any of them or better - for the price, I think I will stay with the palomino blue.

the big eraser makes it top heavy. I am not too crazy with that. it is also quite soft, so several of them are needed to avoid frequent sharpening recesses during work.

I wrote a lot with it and compared it with the original palomino blue, they feel nearly the same to me. for a lot of writing, I think I will still go to the palomino blue.
Staedtler 925-25 Silver Series Drafting Pencil - 0.7 mm - STAEDTLER 92525-07
  excellent quality. the..., October 31, 2013
excellent quality. the grip is very comfortable - just the right amount of friction and it does not feel rough to the touch. the weight feels good too. substantial but not too heavy. I am comparing it with a the Rotring 600 which is so heavy, it feel clumsy. not so with this staedtler.

the lead indicator does not work too well as it spins too easily.

it looks elegant too in a nerdy way - perfect for a scientist or engineer.

it is also short enough that it won't poke holes on my shirt.
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