The palomino line of...
, June 30, 2013
The palomino line of pencils are gorgeous, beautifully made drawing tools, with
flawless finish and design and a velvety smoothness when they glide over paper.
They are more well constructed than any other pencil I have used, every aspect
of there appearance gives one the impression of luxury.
The smoothness of their writing is due to an additive in the graphite core witch
eliminates the scratchiness caused by the graphite in other pencils. Despite an
unparalleled finish these pencils cause several problems when used for drawing
and illustration purposes. They repel both water and ink making inking over them
problematic particularly with detail work. The smoothing agent creates a waxy
film on paper that is smeared over the page through erasing and shading making
ink adhesion inconsistent. It also prevents the graphite from adhering giving a
patchiness to shaded areas and will most likely have archival issues.
They are longer than most pencils and so can be sharpened more. The extra length
combined with the weight of the enormous ferrule for the eraser make them
ungainly in some drawing positions. The idea of a high quality eraser on the end
of the pencil is a good one but again these have problems. The white eraser with
the finer abrasive smears the smoothing agent across the page and over time
becomes more of an applicator than a tool for removing graphite. The black
eraser has a rougher abrasive, it is inconsistent and abrades even india ink,
removing fine details. The likelihood of using the entire eraser by the time a
pencil is finished is slim and as every pencil comes with one you will
inevitably end up wasting a good deal of eraser. You would be much better off
with an individual eraser that works well.
The wood is nice natural cedar but it does have more grain than other drawing
pencils, giving it a greater possibility of fractures. The graphite core, the
most important part of the pencil, on the blackwing is about a third as thick as
on a mars lumograph and even the 6b is about half as thick. This means that they
are capable of covering a much smaller area per pencil at greater cost. I would
not recommend this pencil to anyone doing illustration or drawing, especially
with other mediums. If you want real quality go with the staedtler mars
lumograph and an eraser, it is more efficient and infinitely better for drawing.
For illustration, drafting pencils are in every way better than a Palomino. If
you care more about appearance than performance, the Palomino blackwing is the
drawing tool for you.