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Blackwing Palomino "volumes", John Steinbeck Edition

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#1 kunju123

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 18:20

Blackwing Palomino “Volumes” John Steinbeck Limited Edition 24.

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Appearance:  The packaging on this John Steinbeck Edition is very simple and elegant.  Basically the same as the regular 602’s, but with the simple edition of a slip of onionskin detailing the concept behind this limited edition.

 

Lead:  I find the lead on these is lighter and harder than on the regular Blackwing Palomino Pencils I have (Blackwing Pearl White 602), which I find to be very soft and closer to charcoal.  So much so that I think they are not so useful as a pencil, but more suited to drawing instead, with their shading and smudging capacities.  I much prefer the firmer graphite of this John Steinbeck edition to the regular edition.

 

The pencil’s themselves, unsharpened…

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The onionskin/ tracing paper/ baking paper detailing the concept behind the John Steinbeck Edition…

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Verdict:  Simple, modern and classic.  The best a pencil can be in 2016.  IMO


Edited by kunju123, 04 May 2016 - 09:21.


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#2 migo984

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 18:57

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Verdict:  Simple, modern and classic.  The best a pencil can be in 2016.


Well I'd have to disagree with you on that. The Palomino Blackwing Volumes series is attractive but not "the best" by a long way, IMHO. For example, the erasers on the end are very poor. Of course, it depends if you're just using them for scribbling or quick notes; then they're perfectly acceptable.

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#3 FOUR X FOUR

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 19:05

You nice folks at ERASABLE PENCIL PODCAST will get schooled by the nice folks, here at FOUNTAIN PEN NETWORK in a debate on pencils. The guys and gals around here really know their stuff.

#4 kunju123

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 09:56

I had a look at erasable.com- they seem to rate Blacking Palomino's quite highly.  Not the Steinbeck edition in particular, but the regular 602's which I also have, and are quite similar...



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Posted 08 May 2016 - 17:13

I like the Vol 24 Palomino Blackwing, but it isn't really a "new" Palomino pencil. I bought a box of these and I could not distinguish them in performance i.e. the firmness or smoothness of the lear, from the Palomino Imagine series. I like these pencils, but I really don't think they're anything but the Palomino Imagine pencils with a Blackwing ferrule and a stamp on the barrel.
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Posted 28 July 2016 - 10:29

If I'm honest I prefer the firmer, lighter lead of Graf Von Faber Castell!  LOL

 

For one they need to be sharpened far less frequently.

 

I love the aesthetics of Blackwing, the neat little boxes...  I could see myself collecting these for the boxes as much as the pencil's themselves.  Ah, I see they have a subscription service...







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