Oct 25, 20166010 views

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.
CongoJohn, Guannan Wei, and 20 others

I like the Ticonderogas, been using them for years, but when I'm doing puzzles I like a mechanical with a big - white - eraser. Pentel mechanicals have a structure that allows you to use more lead from each strip. The clasping mechanism holds the lead closer to the point so you don't have it collapse each time you touch the point when you have half an inch left.
Also, it depends on the paper. I like a "Firm" lead for writing on notebook paper or something stiff like that, but HB when writing on newsprint or other soft, slippery paper. Regular pencils are hard to find in anything but HB unless you try an art supply store.
I'm a fan of the Palomino Blackwings. I subscribe to the "Journals" special editions.
I'm also a fan of several varieties of Natural pencils, love the texture of the naked wood and the smell.
Rotring 600, or 800!
Write Dudes are the best pencils I have used...
Check out the Kuru Toga for precision work!
Uni Mitsubishi 9850
Black Velvet 2.5
Oh yeah, I have some of them. They are quite nice in the hand, I like the quality of the graphite they are using. I use mine for sketching.
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
Hi-Ui 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 :)
Good old trusty Pilot Rocky 2020... gotta shake... that pen
When I used to draw I would insist on Ticonderogas. This post reminded me. They were excellent, perfect lead and eraser both.
Keeping in mind that I was a teenager and not professional by any means. If you are doing anything beyond writing or sketching there is a much bigger world of art supplies out there.
And for erasers I always reach for pink pearl.
Ticonderoga. For the price, great weight, minimal breakage, excellent eraser, longer life, no splintering, smooth graphite with no crumbling. My favourite pencil. Period.
Ticonderoga. It may not be the best pencil ever, but it definitely is for the price. Also, they never just break randomly and they don't splinter near the tip
Very solid pencils! Definitely a workhorse for writing or drawing. Although I've only ever owned various standard yellows, never any blacks or other variants I've seen around, so I can't speak to differences within the family.
I've also recently taken to using Lumograph HBs and the standard Mars eraser; picked up a little Staedtler sharpener while I was at it just to complete the set. My biggest criticism of the Lumograph is that they look relatively cheaper than many competitors which have metal caps and have the barcode printed on them.
Oh and they're horrible for exams unless you can ambidextrously use your offhand for erasing; the second or so more it takes to erase because they lack one up top can really add up!
So far, I take a liking o the Palomino KUM Blackwing two-step sharpener - I have tried many that are difficult in the hand and leave an unfinished, clean sharp lead. I read somewhere that a sharpener for eyeliner makeup is excellent for wood pencils. Something to do with the blades being sharper for the eyeliner pencils ?? I never remember this when I am in the store, as I don't use eye liner. I am curious if anyone has tried this and what their experience is ?? As for the pencils, I have such an assortment from the years... including old ones from my father's art supplies, and some found in the bottoms of boxes from antique shops and the like. I should make a list of the ones I tend to grab first. Good question !