I decided to get a box of Blackwings with the extra firm core. Because I managed to find them for sale on the Norwegian store I buy most of my pen stuff.
It is the Volume 54. It is pink, which is not really my thing, but still not that bad. This core is much better than anything else I have used from Blackwing. It feels really smooth like every Blackwing, but still firm enough to not be annoying.
This is the first Blackwing where I don’t think “damn I have to sharpen this a lot”. And I think I could have used this as my only pencil without issue, if it was a part of their regular line of pencils. But it is very expensive…
There are three things I always notice when I use Blackwings:
Design, they always look great, even though it isn’t always my thing, they always feature the best pencil design ever.
Their cores are always very smooth. It being smooth seems to be the number one priority, and that firmness will never come before that.
They are very comfortable to hold. It is either something with the pain job or how they form the wood case.