10 Thoughts on the Blackwing 10

10 Thoughts on the Blackwing 10

Palomino has released their newest pencil in the Volumes series, dubbed the 10. It is named from the Nellie Bly New York World series "Ten Days In a Mad-House", a terrifying look at the Blackwell's Island Asylum in 1880s New York. Bly went undercover to get this exposé, and experienced the deplorable conditions first-hand. She was a pioneer in her field.

Here are my 10 Thoughts on the Blackwing 10…

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CWPE x General's Baseball Scoring Pencil Review

CWPE x General's Baseball Scoring Pencil Review

Spring is officially here, and with that comes that start of my favorite sport: baseball. Teams are finishing up spring training, getting ready to compete on an almost daily basis for the next 5 months. It's a time where each team starts on the same level, and from here, anything can happen. Well, apparently it's the same in the pencil world, because a thing that almost never happens just happened: CW Pencils got General's Pencil Co. to make a special pencil just for them.

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Afmat PS09 Pencil Sharpener Review

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I was looking for something very specific when I stumbled upon the Afmat PS09 Electric Pencil Sharpener...I wanted an electric, long point, helical blade, top feeding sharpener. This sharpener hits all these points, and even more, so even though it was a bit expensive, I took a chance and have been happy with the results.

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Blackwing Natural Pencil Review

Blackwing Natural Pencil Review

Palomino has finally released the Extra Firm core in a full-time pencil, aptly named the Blackwing Natural because it has, you guessed it, a natural finish. It’s very very close to perfect, but nothing is so perfect that it can’t be criticized, so while I love this pencil 99.9%, I’ll gripe about a few of the choices they made (while hopefully realizing that I got what I want and not to look a gift horse in the mouth so damn much!)

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Baron Fig Squire Click Pen Review

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I've always had a soft spot for a good ballpoint pen. My dad used those Papermate blue ballpoints for years. Back in the 80s, they weren't that bad, or at least I remember them being pretty good. During my high school years, I was a black Bic Cristal guy. Then Bic Clic Stic when I was a server in my early 20s, because they were good, but not good enough to get stolen by customers, and the clips kept the pens in the apron really well. Also, it was a pen that was often used as a marketing item, so they were usually around and free, which is 2 things most important to a server. A little later, when my main need for a pen wasn't its ability to write on thermal receipt paper, I started to branch out and found a love for gel and rollerball pens. Pens that amazed on good paper. I rarely used a ballpoint again unless I had to.

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One of the good things about this space is that if you have a need, someone has probably had the same need at some point and filled it. The stationery community is full of creative people who, if they can’t find what they want, dammit, they’ll make it. One such person is Chad Doane of Doane Paper. The Grid + Lines ruling came from a meeting where half of the attendees were using lined paper, the other half graph paper. Originally just built as a downloadable pattern, fans liked the idea so much and clamored for an actual physical product.

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Camlin Supreme HD Pencil Review

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One of my favorite pencils from the Curios Sampler Box was not from DOMS, Nataraj, or Apsara, but from a company named Camlin. There were quite a few pencils in there, but the one I liked the most was the Camlin Supreme HD. Camlin has been around for a long time, but since 2011 has merged with Kokuyo, the Japanese stationery company, to form the Kokuyo-Camlin company. Kokuyo was familiar, most known to me from their Campus brand of paper.

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Baron Fig 'Key' Squire Pen Review

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Released in conjunction with the Lock Confidant I reviewed yesterday, the Key from Baron Fig is a new Squire that has one major change from previous Squires...it's BRASS. This is the first time they've moved away from aluminum in the Squire series and while this is going to be very popular, having this in hand for the past few days I can tell it's not for me.

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