February 28, 2020

Other Musings

From the Desk of…

James J. Williams III



  1. Blackwing Volume 33 1/3 – great workhorse pencils for writing or sketching, inspired by vinyl records
  2. Staedtler Mars Lumograph100 – concise set of softhead pencils for drawing on the go
  3. Sanford Magicrub – for blending those drawings on the go when dirty fingers are a faux pas
  4. Mitsubishi Vermillion/Prussian Blue Pencils – doublesided utility drafting classic
  5. Graphicgear 500 – affordable backup mechanical pencil
  6. Rotring 600 and 800 – the greatest pencils I have ever touched. Every centimeter of the design is perfection from the milling, to the efficient way it breaks, to its ergonomic feel.
  7.  Caran d’ache – when you are feeling a bit Rive Gauche
  8. Kaweco Sport Mechanical – Compact writer’s pencil a la Lawrence Durrell
  9. Koh-i-Noor Mechanical Hardtmuth Lead Holder – writes on wet surfaces, thick and smooth
  10. Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor – soft, subtle color pencils
  11. Koh-I-Noor Progresso – for in depth drafting sessions
  12. Artgum Eraser – for mistakes
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