Caran d’Ache Technograph 777 pencil review1 June 2014
The Caran d’Ache Technograph 777 is a cedarwood pencil with a bright yellow water-based varnish. The wood comes from sustainably managed forests.
This is a well made pencil. The hexagonal barrel looks good (if you like bright yellow) and the finish is extremely sharp.
The lead is available in twelve grades from 4H to 6B. It’s smooth, though not as smooth as a Blackwing or Tombow Mono 100. I reviewed the 2B pencil, which is not as dark as most 2Bs. It kept its point well but that may be because it’s quite hard for a 2B.
Friday’s sketch was drawn with this pencil.
The Technograph 777 is quite expensive for a pencil. While it’s a good pencil for both writing and sketching – I do enjoy using it – it doesn’t quite justify its price. The Faber-Castell 9000, for example, is almost as good but costs little more that a third as much.
These are nice looking pencils which perform well, I have only one (F grade) which I haven’t used much. You compare them to the Faber Castell 9000 which are also good and cheaper. I use one of these in B grade (a little harder than some I think) but the green water based varnish is wearing away; is this likely to happen to the Caran d’Ache 777 ?
To be honest I don’t know. I haven’t used this one for long enough to be able to tell.
Interesting that you mention the 2B isn’t very dark compared to other 2Bs. The one I bought last month is darker than most, up there with the best Japanese pencils. Extremely smooth and pleasant to right with- amazing lead. Appalling finish, however, with cracking lacquer and gold print that wears off within a few minutes of use.
Excellent pencils without any doubt.
I am using them for writing purpose, and (I) prefer harder grades. H, 2H, and 5H. Just to mention that 5H is now out of production, but can be ordered in paper shop ( in Switzerland), and sourced in day or two, from old batch in factory.
Although nice, fresh colour in appearence, overall look fall out of ( premium ) class, those pencils belong.
Technograph have just one comparable counterpart, namely Mitsubishi Hi-Uni.
Both of them writes smoothly, and glides at paper as in oil. Small variations in smoothnes can be noted ar pencils that belongs different series. Of course, i speek about pencils of the same hardness label.
Japanese Hi-Uni have much better finish, but barell is thicker, so C d’ A is in advance in this term ( in my opinon ).
Just to mention Blackwing 602. It would be excluded from every discussion regarding quality pencils. Those, from my personal experience with those “iconic” crap ( original production by E.F. ).