TBT: Blackwing 211

TBT: Blackwing 211

For this week's Throwback Thursday post, I thought I'd revisit one of the most coveted modern pencil releases: the Blackwing 211. Original released as the second in the Blackwing Volumes series, the 211 has become something of a grail pencil for some people. Let's find out why.

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In Pictures: Tombow Hello Nature Pencils

Available from Amazon. $9.50 for a dozen.

Mitsubishi 4563 Pencil Review

Mitsubishi 4563 Pencil Review

I can't tell you much about the 4563 that you can't glean from the pictures in this post. The box is all in Japanese, and I can't find any info about it online. But that's ok! The only thing you really want to know is if this pencil performs well and is worth the money, right? Let's dig in.

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Revisiting the Staedtler Noris

Revisiting the Staedtler Noris

Like the Dixon Ticonderoga in the US, the Staedtler Noris is ubiquitous, an icon of pencil design and available throughout most of the world. The most popular is the yellow and black striped HB with a red end dip, but the Noris line is available in a few different shapes, sizes, and barrel colors. There's even a Samsung digital stylus made to look like a Noris. I haven't used them all, but I have a few and thought I'd revisit them.

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Daiso Golden Sword Pencil Review

Daiso Golden Sword Pencil Review

These Golden Sword pencils come from Daiso, a chain of Japanese stores that are almost like dollar stores, but with better stuff. They have about 60 stores in the US, spread between California, Washington, and Texas. While anyone in these cities can stumble upon these pencils, the majority of us are at the mercy of a friend or purchase mule to help us out. Japanese pencils are great and in my humble opinion, the best in the world. But the question I asked myself while reviewing these pencils is "Are these pencils good because they're GOOD or because they weren't easy to get?”

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Baron Fig Archer #2 Pencil Review

Baron Fig Archer #2 Pencil Review

The #2 from Baron Fig is their 3rd entry into their limited edition Archer pencil series. As part of the New School set, it was released along with the new Composition Notebook Vanguards I reviewed yesterday. Obviously the design cues are inspired by the most popular American yellow #2 pencil, the Ticonderoga.

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Palomino Blackwing Volume 1 Pencil Review

Palomino Blackwing Volume 1 Pencil Review

When I first saw a spoiler video of this pencil, I was convinced I wasn't going to like it. And while I still don't really care for the idea behind the theme, I really like the pencil itself, its color, roundness, and core. This edition is named for Guy Clark, a country music singer / songwriter from the 70s that had a debut album called Old No. 1 which Blackwing claims is regarded as one of the most influential records ever made.

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Moon Futura Pencil Review

Moon Futura Pencil Review

The Richard Best Company is widely remembered for their Try-Rex pencils and the shape that they patented. Depending on who you ask, it's either an elongated hex or a chamfered triangle. I see it as a triangle shape on the standard width pencils, but on the jumbo I see more of the hex shape.

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