Apsara makes two pencils under this "Gold" tag, but they couldn't be more different. One is the standard Apsara Gold and the other is the Regal Gold. The Gold says it's "For Executives" but the Regal Gold doesn't mention who can and can't use the pencil, though the box says "For a Royal touch".Read More
Buying Indian pencils online in the USA has always been a bit of a shot in the dark. You often don't know if you're getting the right thing, or how they're going to be packaged, or if they've described them properly on Amazon or eBay. I've had a lot of luck, but I've also had an issue or two. Dealing with sellers on Amazon or eBay is just a necessary evil if you want a selection of Indian pencils beyond what CW carries.
Enter the Curios.Read More
One of the best things about reviewing Indian pencils is that there are so many good ones, but in reality, they are all really similar to each other, so coming up with a new angle is a little tough. The Apsara Beauty is one such pencil.Read More
Lead Fast Indian Pencil month continues with today's review of the Apsara Joi Extra Dark. Made by Hindustan Pencil Co., US fans of this pencil may know it under a different imprint, Nataraj Joi 2B. This is the version of the Joi that CW Pencils carries, and after some testing and an email to the pencil ladies, I can confirm they are the exact same pencil.Read More
It's an interesting thing, this little pencil community. Without it, I wouldn't have touched the Casemate pencils that are sold at Walmart. I would have thumbed my nose at yet another "stupid store brand" taking up space where something good could be sold.Read More
Of all the Hindustan Pencil Co. pencils I've used so far, the Apsara Absolute has been my favorite. Like nearly every other Indian pencil I've seen, it comes in a box of 10 with a few extras: long point sharpener, non-dust eraser, and something new to this box, a plastic point protector. The blue on the box matches the end dip of these pencils and has a little foil reflective sheen to it.Read More
When I first opened this box, I didn't know what to expect. I have used many Nataraj and Apsara pencils, but never these. I had never even seen or heard of these before I stumbled upon them on Amazon. Let's just say I was not blown away when I opened the box.Read More