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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fine writing pencils

About a month ago, I decided to start carrying Rhodia pencils, admittedly not knowing a great deal about fine pencils. As soon as the first few pencil-wielding customers of mine noticed them, I began getting requests for other types of fine pencils as well.



The two most popular fine pencils I've been asking about are Faber-Castell 'Perfect Pencils' and California Republic Palomino pencils. Not only have people been asking about them, but Quo Vadis blog actually posted about the Faber-Castell Perfect Pencils just the other day, as well.


I posted a response to the blog, and brought up the California Republic Palominos. I got yet another response saying I should carry them. I've contacted them and am finding out more about their products and the retailing process, and I'll keep you all up to date about how that goes. California Republic is a large manufacturer of pencil slats mainly for the use of other premium pencil makers. They produce genuine, high-grade incense cedar blanks, and the Palomino line is the premium line they sell. Their focus has been more on selling to other companies, and doing private label products (getting your company or brand name stamped on the pencils).



There are a few California Republic Palomino sellers out there, though they're hard to find. It seems to be a popular enough product for people to ask for them by name, but yet they are lacking in availability for online sellers. I wish I could say more about them, but I've never used them myself (yet). I'm simply speaking on behalf of those who do use them that they are good quality pencils.

So the real purpose of this blog is to try to find out who out there uses fine pencils, and what do you like to use?

8 comments:

  1. I went on a quest to find the perfect pencil a couple of years back (kind of like the quest for my favorite pen/ink right now ;) and wound up with the Palomino. Kind of like using a bottom-of-the-line Bic after experiencing a quality fountain pen, it's a little bit painful for me to use other pencils now. They really are fantastic.

    I think it would be cool to see an Ink Nouveau episode about pencils.

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  2. My friend, who asked for Palominos in a large NYC specialist store found out that they have never heard of them! Here's what people said about them in Pencils.com
    http://www.pencils.com/store/palomino-orange-graphite-pencils-grades-2b-b-h-2h

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  3. That's not surprising. I got on the phone with California Republic yesterday and they were very helpful to me. It seems like they don't really have a distribution chain set up for selling their pencils to the 'public', their main line of work is manufacturing pencil slats for other pencil companies. Everything I've read and heard has nothing but rave reviews for their pencils though, so I'm eager to see what they're all about. I've linked up with CR and maaay become a retailer of the Palominos, more on that later!

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  4. Field Notes Pencils way cool 100% Cedar wood. On the side it's imprinted with the words...Lacquer-free, renewable Cal-Cedar wood casing, Recyclable Aluminum Ferrule, Enviro-Green Degradable Eraser and Certified Non toxic imprint inks. You can feel how well they are made and dont feel cheep. And when you open the pack the smell of Cedar is strong and very pleasent. Get them at Bertram's Inkwell

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  5. It's entirely possible that those are California Rebulic pencils....they are incense Cedar and CR does to 'private label' products. Theoretically any business could get CR pencils and get their names put on them!

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  6. I went on a quest to find the perfect pencil a couple of years back (kind of like the quest for my favorite pen/ink right now ;) and wound up with the Palomino. Kind of like using a bottom-of-the-line Bic after experiencing a quality fountain pen, it's a little bit painful for me to use other pencils now. They really are fantastic.

    I think it would be cool to see an Ink Nouveau episode about pencils.

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  7. The Palomino version of the old Black Wing pencil is pretty good, if you like a dark, soft lead. (Original Black Wings, made by Eberhardt-Faber go for $20+ each! I know, I know.).

    The long point sharpener they have (made for them by the German firm, KUM) is the best I've ever used by far.

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  8. My only complaint is their erasers. Wood pencils that have erasers usually have the cheapest eraser material available, which we all know destroys the paper's surface when used. That means that if you subsequently use ink on that area, if soaks in and spreads out. I would like to see a pencil with an eraser that is of high quality alternative material that is safe on the paper's surface. If Rhodia or Faber supplied pencils with this kind of an eraser, I would gladly pay the extra money for them. Otherwise, the cheaper the better.

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