I'm a bit nervous to review this pencil because I am not a real pencil user. I don't know what real pencil users do with their pencils. Therefore, I will just show you what I have done with these pencils. It may not be real pencil standard, but it's my pencil standard. I'll learn as I do this more.
Price: £24.95 box of 12
Where to buy: Bureau Direct
These pencils have six sides with rounded edges. The wood looks a little pink once sharpened. The body is matte black, with a gold colored eraser section that flattens out. The eraser is white, but there are more fun replacement eraser colors (like orange!). There is a gold band near the top of the pencil and along one facet, there is the Palomino horse logo, Palomino, and Blackwing engraved into the wood, and filled with gold. Not real gold, silly. Gold color! The black and gold effect is quite sleek and elegant.
I feel like this is a sexy pencil. Correct assessment so far, yes?
PERFORMANCE & FEEL
KUM Automatic Long Point. The instructions on the box are: 1. Shape the wood 2. Then the lead. It works well, producing pretty, sharp points, but not very long points. Pay attention to not shape the wood too much. If the lid is closed and the container is full of shavings, you can't see how far you're sharpening, so either empty often, or sharpen and check regularly.
I found this lead most pleasant to use on paper that has a little bit of tooth, rather than on very smooth paper. Not that it was unpleasant in that regard. For example, I prefer the Clairefontaine Graf It SketchPad over the Rhodia/Clairefontaine vellum paper. I suppose that's why sketchbooks exist. I can't draw, ok? I'm new to this.
It is a refillable eraser as well, which takes all the stress out of using it. I used to hate using my pencil eraser when I was younger because once it was gone, it was gone forever. And then the sharp edges of the metal would scratch me. These erasers remove light lines better than dark, intense lines. It also erasers better on smooth paper rather than toothy paper. It functions well for quick erasing jobs, although I carry a second eraser for bigger areas.
I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.