Thursday, May 9, 2013

Kickstarter Help Please!

Have you ever had a friend with a really great idea, run a Kickstarter and you just don't want to see it fail cause it is just that good? My friend Ryan has an awesome idea like that.
The game is called Sum Wars and I think it's a fun game, great for math skills and will make the earth a better place. It could even lead to a cure for cancer (indirectly of course, maybe some kid will grow up playing sum wars, will get smart, become a scientist and invent a cancer antidote).

What does Sum Wars have to do with pencils?
1. Pencils get used for lots of math.
2. Pencils were used in the design of this game.
3. I like pencils, I like this game.
4. You could wear a pencil above your ear while playing this game and it would keep you looking uber smart during game play.
5. You have trusted my perspective on pencils, you can trust me about cool new math games.
So here is the deal, Ryan has just 14 days to go to get this funded. If you have ever enjoyed a pencil... For the love of Mike (or Ryan) if you can't spare a little bit of money, share this post with your friends. Better yet post it on your blog!

 Sum Wars!

Pencil Reviewer
(aka Ryan's friend)

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Palomino Blackwing Pearl Review Part 2

I spent a little time last night writing with the Pearl and I kept on being distracted by the finish on the pencil. It feels amazing! It reminds me of the feel of a Tombow Mono. It has the barrel width that is pleasing to hold and the smooth surface of the paint is nice.

I did my standard comparison with the Turquoise 4B (supposedly the same lead formulation as the original Blackwing). You can see above that the Pearl has a darker line. The paper used for this testing is from a plain Moleskine Cahier. It is inside my new buffalo hide Journey Notebook (off eBay). They posed together for this shot. Yes I am a paper freak too. ;)

Ill be using the Pearl for notes during a meeting this morning and I thought of one thing, you may recall that I prefer the pink erasers. I think that maybe the Pearl is a little bit feminine with the pink eraser. What do you think?

I do like the look of it peeking out of the notebook though with the black eraser.

I haven't said all there is to say about the Blackwing Pearl.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Palomino Blackwing Pearl Review Part 1

I just received my package of Palomino Blackwing Pearls for review. (thanks to Alex at

As I unboxed them I was immediately enamored by the paint on these things. It has a pearlescent glow to it. It is also smooth to the touch.

The photo probably does not do it justice. I also noticed that the imprint on the pencil is crisp and clear. The lettering is thin and clean. I sharpened the first pencil with my favorite hand sharpener (shown) and it took a point nicely.

The smell of the incense cedar is faint.
You can see in the photo at the top of this post that this pencil does write a slightly darker line than the Palomino Blackwing 602. Also you may notice I experienced a small bit of lead crumble on the 602 when I got to the "L" on Blackwing. This was also with a freshly sharpened 602. My initial thoughts on this pencil are positive. I will run the pencil through full paces tomorrow at work, and possibly tonight in my journal.
Stay tuned for part 2!

Friday, May 3, 2013