jagerbom79 wrote: ngogirl12 wrote: Barack O'Drama wrote:
jagerbom79 wrote:I have been studying with and testing out the standard Ticonderoga and the Black ones..I don't know if it's because I am used to mechanical pencils, but they seem to go dull on me rather quickly. Might this be because I write too hard for this model of pencil? ... Any Suggestions?
The Staedler Wopex is where it is at if you are feeling like your point is getting dull too quick. They are made of plastic, weighted nice, and the lead is much more durable than other HB pencils. (Note: These do not have erasers on them. So that may be something to consider.)
I am currently using the Staedtler Noricas which I love, but I wouldn't say they are more hard than the Ticons. I was using the Ticon blacks up until a couple weeks ago. The Noricas are a smooth writing pencil and because of that, they glide on the paper and your tips seem to last. Although they aren't crazy sharp, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I guess it all comes down to preference.
I'm with Barack on this one (thanks for the awesome pencil review!). I love love LOVE the dark lead of the Staedtler Noricas, but the tip can get dull pretty quickly. What I plan on doing on test day is: bring 5-10 Staedtler Noricas and 3-5 Black Ticon pencils. The Black Ticon when sharpened has a sharp tip which stays, but the lead is lighter than the Black Ticon.
Nice, I might have to try the Staedtler. Why do you prefer them just because the lead is darker? - you don't have to write as hard?
So because I am a nerd who loves office supplies, about a week or so ago I went to Staples and bought like 4 different types of pencils to review.
The Blackwing was pretty much indistinguishable from the Norica to me. I think the lead was a tiny bit softer, because I noticed the point dulling a bit easier. Almost too much. Plus it isn't a true #2, and I don't wanna risk a scoring issue. AND this thing doesn't erase for SHIT.
The Black Ticons-- They're good, but there is no question the Noricas are better. The Ticons are scratchy and just don't glide. It leads me to write a bit more thin and sloppy. It just doesnt feel as sturdy. I still think it is a decent pencil. and if you aren't neurotic it's fine, lol.
Norica was just smooth, creamy, glides across the paper. Dark lead and feels nice in the hand. Does not erase well...Don't use if you plan on erasing in a drill book.
Wopex- REALLY nice. Thick. Writes like the Norica. But, it does not have an eraser. But I use a foam eraser anyways, so I guess it doesn't matter. I don't think it is worth the risk to use these on the real test though, but whatever.