Some More Red-and-Blue Pencils

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Since my last post on red-and-blue pencils, I’ve had a chance to try some others.  The Caran d’Ache Bicolor 999 could almost be a hexagonal variation of the Mitsubishi 2667; the red, leaning heavily towards an orangey vermilion, is very similar, as is the texture of the lead, although the Mitsubishi feels slightly softer.  (The blue of the CdA Bicolor is a much brighter cerulean though.) Eberhard Faber seems to have had a very different idea of the definition of “red” – theirs is a bright rose, and the blue is a violet-tinged navy too. I confess I was secretly rooting for the Eagle Verithin 748, Eagle being my favorite vintage brand, but it turned out to be a case of Stiftschmerz – the colors are all right, the red being closer to a true crimson than the others, but unfortunately it has a high-pitched noise that can make writing a bit unpleasant. My vote (within this selection) goes to the Eberhard Faber Mongol 860.

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10 thoughts on “Some More Red-and-Blue Pencils

  1. The Mongol’s writing does look nice on your pictures, despite the red already becoming slightly purple – but the Eagle looks great, too. How are they in terms of point retention?

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    1. I haven’t used them that much so I can’t say for certain but the Mongol seems to be slightly better in that regard. However, it actually has a bit of a drag, whereas the Eagle writes quite briskly, so others might prefer the latter. The Mongol is available at cwpencils.com, and I can send you some of the Eagles (I have a lot!), so you can compare them yourself :)

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      1. It would be nice to try the Eagle. It would take me years to use it up. I still haven’t used up a single blue and red pencil despite using them every now and then.

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  2. “나는 연필이다”라고 할 만한 브랜드들이군요! 제 취향은 전적으로 장밋빛보다는 귤색, 보라색보다는 청록색, 둥근 배럴보다는 육각 배럴… 딱 좋은 게 보이네요+_+

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    1. Bicolor는 꽤 쓸만했습니다. 기대했던 거랑 좀 다르더라도 연필에 맞춰 주실 수 있을 거라 믿습니다 CdA니깐요 ㅎㅎ 내친 김에 Black Wood 점보연필도 권해드립니다. Grafik조차도 저는 맘에 들더라고요. Edelweiss는 좀 실망스러웠지만…

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      1. 얼마 전에 파리에 놀러갔다가 베아슈베 백화점에서 CdA 매장을 보고 제법 황홀해했습니다. 시간이 갈수록 제 취향에 제일 꼭 맞는 브랜드가 CdA구나 하는 생각이 듭니다. 추천 감사합니다^^

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      2. CdA 는 확실히 매력적인 브랜드입니다. 이번에 100주년 기념으로 나온 것들 중에 뭐라도 사셨나요? ^^

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      3. 못 샀습니다. 감시의 눈길이 있으니까요ㅎㅎ 생트샤펠 앞에서 누군가 붉은 색부터 오렌지색까지 그라데이션으로 도장된 예쁜 CdA 볼펜을 사용하고 있는 것은 보았었죠^^ 부럽더군요~

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