Oct 25, 2016

World's Best Pencils

So I've been thinking of exploring the world of pencils and wanted to get some feedback from everyone. Do you have any pencils that are a "must try"?
Here are a few that have caught my eye so far:
Palomino Golden Bears (already have the blackwings)
General's Semi-Hex
Nataraj Bold
Staedtler Noris Eco HB
Tombow Mono 100 HB
Also, I have become obssessed with this great YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJJOStpzNewBJ0XfhRSsmfw
While we're at it, add any reccomendations for sharpeners and erasers you also enjoy! I look forward to reading your suggestions and sharing any acquisitions I may come across.

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In my experience, Staedtler Mars Lumograph and Faber Castell 900 were great.
In my experience as a graphics student ive found Faber Castell to make the finest pencils. Especially love their watercolour pencils.

btw you did not mention for what purposes you need pencils?
Its called the perfect pencil' so you can get wrong.
Second option is the Faber Castell 9000

I'm a ticonderoga fan. The blackwings are nice as hell, but I can still get a bunch of ticonderogas at Target for a few bucks. So I can lose half a box and still come out on top. Plus they come in black.
I recently picked up a Zebra DelGuard mechanical, and I'm kinda a fan. I've had to get used to using a black pearl or a Sumo eraser, because the eraser sucks, but it's such a nice feeling writing tool that I am happy to set it down for corrections. Makes me slow down slightly and take more care.
Ticonderoga Tri Write has been my go too for years
I've used and I liked Hi-Uni and Castell 9000.
Faber Castell 9000 and Staedtler Lumograph and Tradition are the ones I prefer
As and engineer I did use a lot of pencils in the 80s and 90s, and both those are the best for drafting due to the consistency of their products and the subtle yet noticeables differences between grades
For everyday writing, and calculations, Mitsubishis, Pentels, Koh-I-Noors, are good enough, however I prefer the FC9000 grade F.
I recently bought a sampler pencil set from jet and found the TomBows, really nice!
You haven't lived until you've used the Caran D'Ache Swiss Wood 348.

Other favorites of mine are the Mitsu Bishi 9852EW, Tombow 2558, Blackwing Pearl (can't go wrong), and Faber-Castell Castell 9000.

I've always kind of hated the Golden Bears. They're way too inconsistent for me. I got a pack of them and every single one had a different feel to it. No good to me. The regular Blackwing is okay, but it's nowhere near as good as the Pearl or the 602.
If you can get your hands on some Blackwing Volumes 24s, do it. They sold out pretty quick, but if you can find them, get them. My second favorite pencil ever, right behind the Swiss Wood.
I wasn't able to get the 24, but I did pick up a set of the 530! Gotta represent CA. :)
I do like the Palomino Blackwing's in "grey" ("half the pressure, twice the speed" ones). I have a soft spot for black erasers - specifically Faber Castell and Pentel ones.

I have another soft spot for the Mars Clutch pencil by Staedler.

Ticonderogas aren't really an Australian thing. I can't find them anywhere in a Brick and Mortar store.
El Casco pencil sharpener
Caran D'Ache Swiss Wood
General's Semi-Hex, General's Cedar Point, Blackwing 602
Definitely Mitsubishi 9850, it's great!
If mechanicals are also fair game, Pentel GraphGear is very nice for drawing; Twist Erase III is a great general purpose pencil. I used them exclusively for school for years before I forgot them at home and had to buy some emergency Ticonderogas before an exam and fell back in love with wood pencils.
As a committed FP guy (and founder of Fountain Pen Users on Linkedin) pencils rarely find their way into my daily quiver. When they do, two types (both very specific) make the cut...the Blackwing Limited Edition series (usually the current edition) and the Autopoint double-ended black lead/red lead (using the current model). These are just cool enough to go with pens like my Sheaffer Intrigue Whaleshark with the Pendemonium custom-ground Italic nib.
Just got the Blackwing 530 edition and really love their "new" graphite. A little firmer but still smooth.
Love the Autopoint double-ended pencils. I have a Blue/Black and a Green/Red. They required some tinkering to exist :)