Product Reviews Written by jerry Lee

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I just made my mother...
December 10, 2014
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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 excited.
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It is very well made...
December 12, 2013
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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.
Very well made and works...
December 12, 2013
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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.
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It writes with a very...
December 12, 2013
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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...
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.
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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).
very well made pencils....
October 31, 2013
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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.
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excellent quality. the...
October 31, 2013
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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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