Thursday, November 24, 2016

Review: @Palomino @Blackwing Volume 24 Pencil @PencilsCom

A big thank you to Pencils.com for sending a few of these 24 pencils for review! I have previously done full reviews of the Classic Blackwing and the Blackwing 1138 so you can always check those for some serious pencil detail.
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The Volume 24 was a limited edition pencil and unfortunately I have missed the LE window. Blackwing creates new limited editions that you must keep an eye out for!
The Blackwing 24 pays tribute to Pulitzer Prize winning author John Steinbeck. Designed under the guidance of his son Thomas Steinbeck, Blackwing has created what they believe would have been John’s ideal pencil. Thom was adamant that his father would want it to be black, from barrel to eraser. It would also need to sharpen to a firm point without sacrificing much if any darkness . The Blackwing 24 is just that – an all-black pencil with a brand new graphite formulation perfect for extended writing. - Pencils.com
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ABOUT

Price: $24.95 USD
Pencil type: Graphite
Where to buy: Pencils.com

APPEARANCE
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These pencils are hexagonal with smoothly rounded edges. This is an all-black pencil: black body, black ferrule, black eraser. It is mega sexy.
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HOW I USE PENCILS

How do I use pencils? I try to draw with them. I am not an artist. I cannot draw, but I try. I find that softer pencils make me feel like I can draw better than I can. I do not like the feeling of hard, barely visible, light lead that doesn't really shade or vary with pressure. I like leads that provide variation with angle and pressure, that shade, that catches on toothy paper. I like to hand-letter with pencils. I don't really write with them (neither short notes or long letters), and I know a lot of people do, but I stick mainly to lettering, drawing, and doodling. I feel like soft leads are more forgiving of my mistakes. - From my Blackwing 1138 review.
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PERFORMANCE & FEEL
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In general, I find pencils boring on smooth paper. Or rather, smooth paper is boring for pencils. So now, I usually use a Clairefontaine Graf It pad. This pad has more tooth to it, so it's just more fun to write and draw on. The lead comes out a lot darker, and the tooth shows variation in the texture a lot better. By changing your angle and pressure while writing/drawing, you can change your line width and lead darkness. This lead is not so soft that it requires constant sharpening - it seems suitable for writing instead of just sketching and drawing.
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PROS
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CONS
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OVERALL

Although you may not be able to find this particular pencil, I still love the Blackwings in general. I'm not super knowledgeable about pencils, I just enjoy using them leisurely. However, the Blackwings are pretty attractive and make me want to create things. That can't be a bad thing. The main downside? They're pricy. I think they're worth it, but I don't burn through them.

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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.

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