The Blackwing 602

I started out with the Blackwing MMX, and I immediately knew that I probably should have gone with the 602.

This pencil is awesome. IT is not a HB, it is a little bit softer and smother than all of the HB pencils I have used. But it feels like a very good compromise between point retention and smoothness.

Where I usually wanted to re-sharpen my MMX after half a A5 page, this pencil I can get through at least a full A5 before I want to stop and sharpen it. Other than that it feels a lot like the MMX. It is very comfortable to use and is obviously a premium pencil.

The design. It looks really good, even though to colours etc are not my kind of thing. I think both the MMX and the Pearl look much better than the Grey and Gold on this one.

I would probably have liked it to be a little bit harder, but if you are going to use the pencil for writing long form Id go with this over the other Blackwings.

The KUM Master Piece.

I just sharpened three pencils with my new KUM Master Piece.

I’m coming from another KUM sharpener, the “Long Point Sharpener”. The basics are the same, both have two holes to let you get a long point on your pencils.

The big difference between the two is that the Long Point is made out of plastic, while the Master Point is made out of metal; and that the Long Point is boxed in and making it easier to use when you don’t have garbage can available, while the Master Piece does not.

I would not say that the Master Piece is “better”, the perfect version would be the best from both. But the build quality of the Master Piece is awesome. I can’t really describe how good it feels in your hand. But I got the same feeling that I had the first time I twisted a Retro 51.

The thing I don’t like about the Long Point sharpener is that it is too easy to break it, if you unscrew the blades. You know plastic and metal screws are often a mess. This will not be a problem with the Master Piece.

There are not that much to say about this sharpener. It sharpens your pencils well. It is well built, and not that expensive.

Staedler Mars Lumograph HB Pencil

This was the second pencil that I have used since I got into them.

You can purchase these German Pencils more or less everywhere that sells books or stationary here in Norway.

This is very good writing pencil. The point lasts forever and is very comfortable to use. I also love the fact that it doesn’t have any of those silly erasers on top. This will without a doubt be the pencil I buy when I just need a pencil when I’m in town.

What I don’t like about it however is how cheap it feels. The casing feels very cheap, I think it is too light and the finish starts to chop off or fade before you get home. But I think that this would be a awesome pencils if it came in a nicer casing.

FN-05: The Field Notes Pencil

The Field Notes Pencil. It is actually awesome. This pencil belong on my Top 3 list, together with the Golden Bear and the 602. I have gotten a few of them for free with various Field Notes orders over the years without paying much if any attention to it.

This is a round pencil with a #2 core. This means that it is great for writing and really comfortable to write with. It give you a core that is smooth, but not so soft that you have to sharpen it all the time. And the round case makes it very comfortable to hold. It is the most comfortable pencil I have used. The core is great, but I prefer the Golden Bear core. I’m not sure why, but it feels a little bit smother.

Anyways. A fantastic pencil that everyone should check out.

On why I prefer Iroshizuku

I have used various other inks brands over the last six months or so. I don’t remember exactly how long. But I have decided to go back to just using Iroshizuku. The reason is that other inks brands I have tested, that have as good colours are often worse in some other ways. Like for example dry time and ink flow.

There are many other interesting colours and inks brands out there. But I’m perfectly happy with the Iroshizuku colours. And I don’t want to mess around when I could get a worse experience