What #2 Pencil Should I use?

What is your favorite #2 pencil?

Ticonderoga (original)
111
32%
Black Ticonderoga
131
38%
Tri-conderoga
22
6%
Blackwing 602
15
4%
Black Mirado Warrior
35
10%
Palomino's Golden Bear
2
1%
General's Semi-Hex
5
1%
Palomino HB
13
4%
Other (post ITT what it is)
13
4%
 
Total votes: 347

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retaking23
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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby retaking23 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:54 pm

I saw so many Black Ticons at yesterday's test, I didn't know whether to grin or crap myself. I, of course, took my Staples #2 that I bought in a 100 count box when I was still in high school and worrying about the SAT. True story.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby AnonymousAlterEgoC » Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:07 pm

My proctor kept bragging that if anyone forgot pencils he had some that he stole from elementary school children (in part an attempt to show that the use of pencils is either juvenile or dated).

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby dosto » Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:13 pm

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby dreamofNYC » Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:49 pm

OMG there is really a discussion about which pencil to use???!!?!!

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Mauve.Dino » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:37 pm

dosto wrote:I donated all eight of my Ticons to my test center after the test to bring their pencil game up a notch; may they bring good fortune to February takers who came unprepared.


That's beautiful!

*tears*

:D

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby dosto » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:52 pm

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:53 pm

dreamofNYC wrote:OMG there is really a discussion about which pencil to use???!!?!!


TCR is always "Black Ticons."

Needed only two of those babies yesterday.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:40 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:
dreamofNYC wrote:OMG there is really a discussion about which pencil to use???!!?!!


TCR is always "Black Ticons."

Needed only two of those babies yesterday.


TCR is black Ticonderogas if you are trying to start a tiny campfire.

TCR for which pencils to use on the LSAT is Palomino HBs or Blackwings.

KingJamesLBJ wrote:My erasers keep breaking off the Blacks :x


That is because they are garbage pencils.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:33 pm

TheMostDangerousLG wrote:TCR is black Ticonderogas if you are trying to start a tiny campfire.

TCR for which pencils to use on the LSAT is Palomino HBs or Blackwings.

KingJamesLBJ wrote:My erasers keep breaking off the Blacks :x


That is because they are garbage pencils.


:(

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Tyr » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:48 pm

So I think I'm going to get a package of Palominos (along with the Kum Long Point sharpener), but I can't decide which ones: Golden Bear, 602s, HB, etc. I tend to hold my pencils with a death-grip, so does anyone have suggestions?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Puffin » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:09 am

FACK I knew my pencils were the reason for crap performance. Damn it Dixon #2's and your alluring 75 cent for 8 pencils deal.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Balthy » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:11 am

Tyr wrote:So I think I'm going to get a package of Palominos (along with the Kum Long Point sharpener), but I can't decide which ones: Golden Bear, 602s, HB, etc. I tend to hold my pencils with a death-grip, so does anyone have suggestions?



If you get them from pencils.com, i would recommend ordering General's semi-hex as well. I tried like 20 different pencils and think the semi-hex is the best overall pencil for test taking. Great lead, eraser, etc. The only downside with the semi-hex is point retention (just like the blackwings) but since you're able to bring in as many pencils as you want to the test, that really isn't a problem. The blackwing erasers as well as all the other palominos kinda suck, so if you do end up getting them, get some of those eraser tip things as well.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby 062914123 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:24 am

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby muzzy » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:56 am

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Mauve.Dino » Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:10 pm

I'm really enjoying my Palomino Blackwings (the lead is wonderfully soft), but the erasers leave much to be desired. I'm being forced to use a Pentel Hi-Polymer standalone eraser, which can be unweildy in the midst of a particularly intricate LG section.

I think the Palomino erasers are more for decorative effect than anything. :x

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Loaded » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:46 pm

Tyr wrote:So I think I'm going to get a package of Palominos (along with the Kum Long Point sharpener), but I can't decide which ones: Golden Bear, 602s, HB, etc. I tend to hold my pencils with a death-grip, so does anyone have suggestions?
Golden Bears are manufactured at the Musgrave Pencil Factory and have the MPF trademark sharp edges to the barrel. You can feel every panel of the hexagon distinctly. You might not enjoy it if you have a death-grip. The Blackwing and HB pencils are manufactured in Japan and you will immediately notice the difference in quality compared to standard "American" brand pencils made in Mexico/China. The Blackwing 602's have the best point retention in the Palomino line-up, imo, and one of the best leads of any general writing pencil. The Palomino HB's are a close second to the 602s. I've never had any problem with the erasers as some have mentioned. Perhaps the darkness of the Blackwing and Palomino HB leads requires a little more erasing, leading some to conclude the erasers aren't as good.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby ManoftheHour » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:41 pm

SO many haters.....

...especially MDLG

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby dosto » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:43 pm

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby Balthy » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:35 pm

Loaded wrote:
Tyr wrote:So I think I'm going to get a package of Palominos (along with the Kum Long Point sharpener), but I can't decide which ones: Golden Bear, 602s, HB, etc. I tend to hold my pencils with a death-grip, so does anyone have suggestions?
Golden Bears are manufactured at the Musgrave Pencil Factory and have the MPF trademark sharp edges to the barrel. You can feel every panel of the hexagon distinctly. You might not enjoy it if you have a death-grip. The Blackwing and HB pencils are manufactured in Japan and you will immediately notice the difference in quality compared to standard "American" brand pencils made in Mexico/China. The Blackwing 602's have the best point retention in the Palomino line-up, imo, and one of the best leads of any general writing pencil. The Palomino HB's are a close second to the 602s. I've never had any problem with the erasers as some have mentioned. Perhaps the darkness of the Blackwing and Palomino HB leads requires a little more erasing, leading some to conclude the erasers aren't as good.


You're probably right about the erasers. they might work pretty well for actually erasing.. i just don't like the texture, the way it feels when you erase. Even ticons seem to erase smoother, but i bet im the only one who's annoyed by it.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:29 pm

Tyr wrote:So I think I'm going to get a package of Palominos (along with the Kum Long Point sharpener), but I can't decide which ones: Golden Bear, 602s, HB, etc. I tend to hold my pencils with a death-grip, so does anyone have suggestions?



HBs 4 LYFE.

ManoftheHour wrote:SO many haters.....

...especially MDLG


Haters gonna hate. And use better pencils.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby cheme2014 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:32 pm

superdingle2000 wrote:You're probably right about the erasers. they might work pretty well for actually erasing.. i just don't like the texture, the way it feels when you erase. Even ticons seem to erase smoother, but i bet im the only one who's annoyed by it.


Nah, I also am not a fan of the 602s' erasers. They don't erase well and I don't like the texture either. The HBs' erasers are slightly better but not stellar. I just use a separate eraser and/or eraser caps.

ETA: I also think the 602s' point retention is horrible. I like the smoothness, don't get me wrong, but the lead is too soft for me to use for testing/writing anything longer than a short paragraph. I like my sharp points :|

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby DaveShady » Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:51 pm

"David Rees and Blackwing Pencils: Artisanal Pencil Sharpening" youtube it for a 180

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby CitrusFruit » Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:36 pm

stop worrying about pencils and go study.

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Re: What #2 Pencil Should I use?

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:12 am

How did this thread end up on page 7? Don't you guys know there's a war on there's a test tomorrow? And no one is panicking about their pencil choice? My god, I shudder to think of what pieces of wooden dreck you all will be carrying in your ziplocs tomorrow morning.




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