peppermint wrote:haus wrote:jenkim wrote:Oh, wow, ordering the Dixon Ticonderoga right now from work!
If you are going to be placing an order to try out new pencils, you should stop over at Jetpens.com and take a look at the Palomino Blackwing Pearl or my favorite the Mitsubishi Hi-Uni (HB).
+1 on JetPens. It's an amazing site! I use the Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils too. I'll be taking a box of those pencils (they erase so cleanly) + a few Palomino Blackwings (love how smoothly they write & how dark the lead is) + a Pentel Ain eraser to the exam. I'm tempted to buy the Palomino sharpener b/c I've heard great things about it, but I'll see. I would rather get a few more pencils for that price (I currently use Staedtler Mars Lumographs to drill with - they're pretty affordable and write smooth/erase well too)
Just bought the Palomino sharpener and it's pretty good (I'd been using a Staedtler which ate up a lot of the pencil length). I brought mostly Blackwings to the September test and found that they weren't great for bubbling, though. The lead felt weirdly scratchy on the scantron paper (but it worked really excellently for diagramming quickly in the test booklet!)
Pro tip for the sharpener: Nordstrom sells it for $7.50 and the shipping is free, unlike on Jet Pens and Pencils.com.