From around the web: (Special pencil edition!)
The Clicky Post: Palomino “Orange” Graphite Drawing Pencil – B I used these pencils to draw this
Urban Sketchers: Clovis in and around – sketching video (Okay not strictly speaking all pencil.)
A Penchant for Paper: Pencil Review: Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil Set The identical (more expensive but actually available in the UK) MONO 100s are my drawing pencil of choice.
pencilsandotherthings: Pencil Sharpening, East and West
From the site:
Noodler’s Apache Sunset ink review
OHTO Auto Sharp Pencil AP-205 review
Going For a Walk (sketch)
Kaweco ink cartridge giveaway Still a few days left to win a whole set of Kaweco cartridges!
Oh crumbs and crumble how lovely is this?
Thank you to Pure Pens for sending me this ink to review and to keep. Pure Pens are Europe’s only supplier of Noodler’s inks. You can buy Lexington Gray direct from Pure Pens here.
You can find some more reviews of Noodler’s Apache Sunset on Pennaquod.
The OHTO Auto Sharp Pencil, catchily named the AP-205, is a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. It’s available with black, blue, green or red barrels and costs £1.60 ($2.50ish) from Cult Pens, who sponsored this post.
The Auto Sharp part of the name refers not to a fancy Kuru-Toga style rotating system but to an auto-advance system. The lead advances as you use it but you’ll still need to rotate the pencil to keep a sharp point. The lead does advance at about the correct rate, for me at least, but the name is a little misleading.
This is a well made pencil for the price. There are moulding lines on the black part of the barrel but they’re not intrusive. It would be an issue on a more expensive pencil but I can forgive it here.
The clip is flimsy plastic and feels like it will easily break.
The biggest problem with this pencil is that when you use the button to advance the lead, the tip isn’t firmly in place. It moves in and out a few times before settling to a locked position. This is quite irritating. Once locked, which happens after a few strokes, it’s fine. The tube holds a good number of spare leads.
It’s a comfortable pencil to hold. The triangular barrel is a good chunky size. The eraser is a good size and works, too. It’s an excellent eraser for a mechanical pencil.
The tip isn’t very pointy and does retract to some extent, meaning it’s reasonably pocket-safe.
I like the style of this pencil. It’s a little different and it doesn’t look cheap. If you don’t like chunky triangular barrels then it’s not for you. It’s also not for you if you need a good firm clip or if the temporary squidginess of the tip is likely to drive you mad. (However, the auto-advance mechanism is quite good and the squidginess only occurs when you manually advance the lead.) If you like this kind of barrel and can live with these faults then it’s a very good pencil for the money.
Thanks to Cult Pens for letting me have this pencil for nothing. I’ve not let their generosity influence my views. You can buy this pencil directly from Cult Pens here.
An assortment of Hedley family legs. Sam, me, Ella and my mum.
Tombow Mono 100 pencils, Pink Pig sketchbook.
Kaweco have a range of eight inks most of which are very lovely. Some are really quite special. One is a little bit horrid.
Kaweco were kind enough to send me one of each ink in a bottle and in packs of six cartridges. I am giving away the full set of cartridges to one lucky winner, with Kaweco’s permission. The cartridges are short international cartridges and so will fit a wide range of pens, not just Kaweco. Please check if you’re not sure.
The giveaway is open worldwide. It closes at 9pm GMT on Saturday 25th October.
All you have to do is tell me, in the comments, which of the eight colours is your favourite.
Here are links to each of the colours: Midnight Blue, Palm Green, Caramel Brown, Pearl Black, Paradise Blue, Ruby Red, Summer Purple, Royal Blue.
There are some wonderful inks in amongst this lot.
Good luck and thank you to Kaweco for their generosity.