Pencil Review: Non-Photo Blue Pencils

Pencil Review: Non-Photo Blue Pencils

Review by Tina Koyama Back in the day, graphic designers and printers used “non-photo blue” pencils. Certain shades of blue that could not be detected by camera film (or copy machines), so rough drawing lines or notations could be left on the art and would not appear in the final form. Modern scanners can see…

Pencil Review: Caran d’Ache Klein Blue 2mm Fixpencil

Pencil Review: Caran d’Ache Klein Blue 2mm Fixpencil

Review by Tina Koyama Once I grabbed onto the Caran d’Ache Klein Blue Maxi pencil, the slope became slippery. I had already had my eye on the Klein Blue Fixpencil ($52), which I had resisted for a while . . . until I realized that it came with Klein Blue leads! And the leads are…

Pencil Review: Caran d’Ache Klein Blue Maxi

Pencil Review: Caran d’Ache Klein Blue Maxi

Review by Tina Koyama When Caran d’Ache recently brought out a limited-edition line of products honoring the French artist Yves Klein, the Fixpencil and standard-size graphite pencils were expected, but this item was a delightful surprise: the Klein Blue Maxi graphite pencil. (Unfortunately, it’s now out of stock at the Gentleman Stationer, but Joe’s blog…

Pencil Review: Caran d’Ache Fixpencil 884 and M+R Lead Pointer

Review by Tina Koyama First, I must begin by admitting that I am not a huge user of mechanical pencils. Though I use clutches with certain art materials, I’ve always preferred woodcased pencils to write with. Call me fussy, but many mechanicals I’ve tried are either too heavy, too light, too cold, or just too…

Colored Pencil Review: Camel 36-Color Mini Pencil Set with Elastic Case

Colored Pencil Review: Camel 36-Color Mini Pencil Set with Elastic Case

The Camel 36-Color Mini Pencil Set with Elastic Case ($40) is a tiny package full of cute, colorful sticks of fun. By fun, I mean colored pencils. These colored pencils are rounded square shaped and arrive in a paperboard box that closes with an elastic strap. The box, when closed, is about the same size…

Pencil Review: A Taste of Blackwing Sampler Set

Pencil Review: A Taste of Blackwing Sampler Set

Review by Tina Koyama Maybe you’ve been wanting to dip one toe into the Blackwing pencil pool without diving into the deep end of the mixed metaphorical rabbit hole. Or perhaps you are already a Blackwing aficionado, and you want to show your uninitiated friend (the one who insists that pencils are for school kids)…

Pencil Case Review: Tombow Irojiten Set with Portable Case – Limited Edition

Pencil Case Review: Tombow Irojiten Set with Portable Case – Limited Edition

Review by Tina Koyama It’s no secret that I love Tombow Irojiten colored pencils, inside and out. Aside from their beautiful glossy white lacquer and even more beautiful end caps, these wax-based pencils are a delight to use. As much as I could go on about them, I won’t repeat what I wrote in my…