So many to choose from: woodcase graphite, solid color core, multi-color core, charcoal, pastel, clutch, mechanical...

writing passage written with a Blackwing 24 pencil
Writing a few lines with the Palomino Blackwing 24

The trick is to simply pick one up, jot things down, and let your preferences develop as you try different ones. There's a lot of interest, at least in a niche way, in pencils & pens — fountain, gel, and others. That has allowed companies like Palomino to do these interesting forays into limited editions and subscription models for their products (along with the folks doing notebooks with similar promotion — gotta have a place to use the multiple pencils showing up at your door).

I gravitate toward the slightly harder core for writing purposes and softer core pencils for sketching & drawing — nothing terribly special or unusual in that. 😉 ...continue reading "The Amazing Variety of Pencils"