The Caran d'Ache Edelweiss is a simple pencil that feels like an introduction into the Caran d'Ache graphite pencil world. I picked a couple of these pencils up from CW Pencils last month to see how they compared to other Caran d'Ache pencils I have used.
The Edelweiss's Looks
I like the barrel colour on the edelweiss in F grade. It's a royal blue lacquer with the logo and barcode shown in a contrasting white. Included with the brand embossing is a small flower which appears to be the edelweiss, a white flower which is the national symbol of Switzerland. The end of the pencil barrel is left bare so you can see the wood casing and the graphite core. Everything with the edelweiss feels simple and uniform.
There are a few indications that the edelweiss is positioned as an entry level Caran d'Ache pencil. Firstly the barcode and branding embossing is the same colour suggesting an aim to keep costs down. I have noticed on other pencils the branding is embossed in a stronger colour in comparison to the barcode to make this stand out and give a perception of quality. Secondly the finish on the pencil is fairly basic, for example with the exposed wood casing.
The Edelweiss's Insides
The graphite within this pencil is very light and firm. These are all synonymous attributes of an F grade graphite pencil so this is to be expected. I do feel like I have to apply a bit of pressure when writing in order to get anything legible on the page which makes scribbling a quick note on a bit of paper harder. I have found on higher quality paper stock, such as the Midori MD A5 Notebook, the graphite performs well. On some lower quality papers the graphite appears very light on the page.
Unfortunately the edelweiss does not come in a H grade as I think this could be my sweet spot from Caran d'Ache. I also bought the HB edelweiss so I will try this out and compare how it performs to the F grade pencil.
The edelweiss is a nice pencil and good value for $1. I am not sure this is a pencil you would reach for longing to use for journalling, note-taking or any long form writing. I like the look of this pencil, it's simple and unassuming and as with all Caran d'Ache pencils I have tried you always get a high quality product.