Friday, July 16, 2010

Koh-I-Noor Progresso Woodless Pencils

While wandering the National Stationery Show I noticed a lot of booths featuring pencils, and one booth in particular was showing off woodless pencils. I've been thinking of those for some time now, and so went looking on eBay. What I found was the Koh-I-Noor Progresso, a dark gray, lacquer-coated pencil made of Hardtmuth graphite.

While I don't know much about pencils, I do know I like a softer pencil, such as HB, but then I hate the smearing. So I chose the standard 2B instead, and am definitely impressed by the laydown and staying power of the graphite. Smearing was minimal, and writing was soft and smooth and a bit strange. I kept looking for line between graphite and wood, but the pencil is one gray color, no lighter wood to mess with. The pencil is also quite weighty, solid grahite being heavier. Most of all, I love the idea of writing with a pure graphite pencil, and as a bonus there are no wood shavings to clean up. While I purchased mine from eBay, there are other places to buy so check them out if you can.


  1. I bought this one along with the colored ones. I love their heavier weight and aesthetic appearance compared to wooden pencils.

    The one thing that bugs me about using pencils is I want the tip to be constantly sharp, but I want real pencils and not mechanical one. I end up always sharpening them too often.

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  3. that penmanship is a so wonderful, it has a nice strokes. clean and legible.