I just made my mother a very happy woman. she is an avid caligrapher but due to
a recent stroke, she has not been able to practice with her traditional set of
brushes and ink. this "fountain hair brush" is so convenient to use that she
restarted practicing again the moment I gave it to her. it works like a normal
fountain pen but writes very much as a high quality brush.
I put on the converter and load it with Noodler's black ink. this way she can
practice without needing to use the expensive ink cartridge. She said the
saturation of the black fountain pen ink and the feel of it on the brush are far
from that of the traditional ink (the type that you have to grind an ink stick
on stone is thick and viscid ). However, the brush itself is of excellent
quality. The price is a bargain too; those sable brushes she normally uses cost
hundreds a piece. This one is too small for Chinese calligraphy, so she can
only use it for practice - but at least she can start doing that and she is so
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.