DOMS has been one of my favorite pencil brands since I discovered them a few years back. They're owned by F.I.L.A., who owns Ticonderoga, Lyra, Prang, and a whole host of other stationery brands. To me, they beat out the Hindustan brands Nataraj and Apsara in manufacturing quality and general performance.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!)Read More
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.Read More
It's been almost a year and a half I've been writing this blog and I can't believe that I've yet to review the Palomino Golden Bear. This pencil is a staple in my everyday carry pencil bag and great as a "car pencil". Basically, anywhere I keep a pencil, you're likely to find a Golden Bear there. It's an amazing pencil for the price.Read More
I stumbled upon this cool video, showing old Ticonderoga ads throughout the years all while using an old jingle as the soundtrack.
We're into Year 3 of the Volumes series. Palomino continued to do a few different things with the limited pencils this year, some cool, some not...along with a few head scratchers. Some thoughts on each Volumes series release, then we'll get into the rest of what they did with the line.Read More