Oct 25, 20167076 views

World's Best Pencils

So I've been thinking of exploring the world of pencils and wanted to get some feedback from everyone. Do you have any pencils that are a "must try"?
Here are a few that have caught my eye so far:
Palomino Golden Bears (already have the blackwings)
General's Semi-Hex
Nataraj Bold
Staedtler Noris Eco HB
Tombow Mono 100 HB
Also, I have become obssessed with this great YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJJOStpzNewBJ0XfhRSsmfw
While we're at it, add any reccomendations for sharpeners and erasers you also enjoy! I look forward to reading your suggestions and sharing any acquisitions I may come across.
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Some incredible suggestions here! I've been looking for the best cheap pencil sharpener and found lots of good results on youtube. Most people seem to love the Kum automatic sharpener, but there are so many to choose from. This pencil sharpener video helped but is the Masterpiece worth it? Agreed with all above on the Blackwing.
Have you gotten into buying vintage pencils yet? how about bullet pencils, especially the vintage promo advertising ones? Also, Great YouTube selection.
Yeah... what can I say... Ticonderogas are awesome!
I always seek out pencils without erasers. I’m just as picky about how I erase as how I write. My personal pencil preferences include: Bugle 1816 #2 by Musgrave (USA), Dragonfly 8900 HB by Tombow (Japan), and Academic Writing 9606 HB by Kitoboshi.
Palomino Blackwing or Mitsubishi.... done!
I like to draw and have tried maybe hundreds of different pencils. After a couple of years of testing my conclusion is that the best pencils out there are the Caran d'Ache Grafwood and Swiss Wood. I use them primarily for drawing, but they are great for writing and taking notes to.
Lead pencils are superior to regular pencils. They are much more convenient because they don't need to be sharpened constantly and don't get dull tips. Some I recommend are:
  1. Uni Kuru Toga, which has a rotating tip for a sharper tip.
  2. Rotring Rapid Pro, 600, or 800. They are all great quality pens. One has a retractable tip and the other two have a lead hardness grade indicator, for different types of lead.
  3. Zebra DelGaurd, which has lead break protection.
In addition, the first two options are made out of metal, providing great quality, feel, and center of balance.
Agreed about the uni kuru toga. It’s the only mechanical I use.
Call me a heathen, but Amazon Basics brand pencils are excellent for everyday use, a real value. They have a hard case, sharpen evenly, and the graphite sticks are continuous--I've never had a "lead" break when sharpening.
I like the Ticonderogas, been using them for years, but when I'm doing puzzles I like a mechanical with a big - white - eraser. Pentel mechanicals have a structure that allows you to use more lead from each strip. The clasping mechanism holds the lead closer to the point so you don't have it collapse each time you touch the point when you have half an inch left.
Also, it depends on the paper. I like a "Firm" lead for writing on notebook paper or something stiff like that, but HB when writing on newsprint or other soft, slippery paper. Regular pencils are hard to find in anything but HB unless you try an art supply store.
I'm a fan of the Palomino Blackwings. I subscribe to the "Journals" special editions.
I'm also a fan of several varieties of Natural pencils, love the texture of the naked wood and the smell.
Rotring 600, or 800!
Write Dudes are the best pencils I have used...
Check out the Kuru Toga for precision work!
Uni Mitsubishi 9850
Black Velvet 2.5
Oh yeah, I have some of them. They are quite nice in the hand, I like the quality of the graphite they are using. I use mine for sketching.
In my experience, Staedtler Mars Lumograph and Faber Castell 900 were great.
In my experience as a graphics student ive found Faber Castell to make the finest pencils. Especially love their watercolour pencils.
btw you did not mention for what purposes you need pencils?
Its called the perfect pencil' so you can get wrong. Second option is the Faber Castell 9000

I'm a ticonderoga fan. The blackwings are nice as hell, but I can still get a bunch of ticonderogas at Target for a few bucks. So I can lose half a box and still come out on top. Plus they come in black. I recently picked up a Zebra DelGuard mechanical, and I'm kinda a fan. I've had to get used to using a black pearl or a Sumo eraser, because the eraser sucks, but it's such a nice feeling writing tool that I am happy to set it down for corrections. Makes me slow down slightly and take more care.
Ticonderoga Tri Write has been my go too for years
I've used and I liked Hi-Uni and Castell 9000.
Faber Castell 9000 and Staedtler Lumograph and Tradition are the ones I prefer As and engineer I did use a lot of pencils in the 80s and 90s, and both those are the best for drafting due to the consistency of their products and the subtle yet noticeables differences between grades For everyday writing, and calculations, Mitsubishis, Pentels, Koh-I-Noors, are good enough, however I prefer the FC9000 grade F. I recently bought a sampler pencil set from jet and found the TomBows, really nice!
You haven't lived until you've used the Caran D'Ache Swiss Wood 348.
Other favorites of mine are the Mitsu Bishi 9852EW, Tombow 2558, Blackwing Pearl (can't go wrong), and Faber-Castell Castell 9000.
I've always kind of hated the Golden Bears. They're way too inconsistent for me. I got a pack of them and every single one had a different feel to it. No good to me. The regular Blackwing is okay, but it's nowhere near as good as the Pearl or the 602. If you can get your hands on some Blackwing Volumes 24s, do it. They sold out pretty quick, but if you can find them, get them. My second favorite pencil ever, right behind the Swiss Wood.
I wasn't able to get the 24, but I did pick up a set of the 530! Gotta represent CA. :)
I do like the Palomino Blackwing's in "grey" ("half the pressure, twice the speed" ones). I have a soft spot for black erasers - specifically Faber Castell and Pentel ones.
I have another soft spot for the Mars Clutch pencil by Staedler.
Ticonderogas aren't really an Australian thing. I can't find them anywhere in a Brick and Mortar store.
El Casco pencil sharpener
Hi-Ui Caran D'Ache Swiss Wood
General's Semi-Hex, General's Cedar Point, Blackwing 602