I really wanted not to like these pencils because they are expensive, but they
are totally worth the money. The core is very smooth and dark, but these don't
hold a point too well. This kind of point retention is to be expected with a
pencil this dark. I use them for writing. Sometimes I find myself pushing down
even harder on these pencils because I love how dark and smooth writing with
them can be. So very, very smooth.
This is my favorite pen to write with on any kind of paper. It gives very little
feedback or scratchiness and it lays down a very black and even line. I've been
using this more than my fountain pens and I find that it is smoother than my gel
pens and the smooth ink ballpoint pens that I own.