One of my other happy purchases from CW Pencil Enterprises was a dozen box of Indian-made Nataraj Platinum Extra Dark pencils ($0.30 each/ $3.60 per dozen). The package included a dozen pre-sharpened pencils and a plastic pencil sharpener.
The pencils remind me a bit of the Staedtler Rally pencils with the alternating stripes of color on the hex panels. Where the Rally pencils are navy and white, the Nataraj are black and metallic silver. On one side, the brand name is stamped in silver and on the reverse panel is the pesky bar code. Oh, I hate those bar code but at least its on the reverse from the logo branding.
The lead does write quite darkly as described on the package. It will smudge a bit which could be nice for sketching or if you like a dark line. Even with the dark line, the point did not dull as quickly as I expected it to which is a good thing.
The pencils have a traditional silver ferrule and white eraser but the white eraser cap is CRAP. Its one of the worst I’ve ever used. You might as well flick it off so that you don’t use it accidentally.
The pencil sharpens nicely with a hand sharpener and write smoother once sharpened than it does with the pre-sharpened points.
The biggest shocker was the little plastic sharpener. It sharpened an excellent point and made beautiful shaving roses.
I’d grade this pencil a B-. The eraser really killed it for me but the pencil performance is above average. The cheap-y sharpener is really good for a freebie.
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I’m jealous, Ana, no sharpener I own, no matter how humble or highfalutin’, makes such a beautiful shaving rose. They do the job in a businesslike way, but not in long continuous spirals. Alas, my only real experience of shaving roses is when I nick myself shaving : ^ )) .
However the Natural Extra Dark Pencils sold in India do not have erasers attached to their rear ends. Just a trivia I felt would be useful. The cheap sharpeners are actually pretty awesome with different wood textures and brands, while they last. 🙂
It sounds like I need to visit India then!
Not just crap but CRAP!
is this pencil good for shading?
Here’s a sample of shading with the Nataraj
Is it food grade?