Tool Review: Kutsuwa Round and Triangular Pencil Caps

Tool Review: Kutsuwa Round and Triangular Pencil Caps

Review by Tina Koyama My daily-carry bag contains many pencils, both colored and graphite. To prevent broken points and inadvertent stabs, I keep them and myself protected with pencil caps. Although I’ve tried some fancy ones made of leather or metal, my favorites are inexpensive, lightweight, colorful plastic ones. Kutsuwa makes several, including round ones…

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)…

Mechanical Pencil Lead Review: Caran d’Ache 2mm Colored Leads

Mechanical Pencil Lead Review: Caran d’Ache 2mm Colored Leads

Review by Tina Koyama Mechanical pencils and lead holders are not a large part of my (otherwise vast) stationery stash. I have a few clutches for art materials, and I keep a couple of mechanicals on principle, but I love woodcased pencils so much more for tactical and esthetic reasons that I don’t reach for…

Sharpener Showdown: Hand Cranks

Review by Tina Koyama The venerable Carl Angel-5 hand-crank sharpener (also known as a “classroom-friendly” sharpener) is a popular, reliable favorite for many pencil users. With a metal body and “original quality,” it has a classic, sturdy build. I’ve had mine for several years, but sadly, I don’t love it. For one thing, its pencil…