I first heard about the General Pencil Co. Kimberly’s pencil from the Erasable podcast. It seems to be one of Johnny’s favourite choices and as with most things on stationery podcasts, when I have no idea what the hosts are talking about I resort to Google to see what it looks like, read some reviews and then usually find out where I can my hands on one/some.
With the Kimberly’s pencil getting hold of these pencils in Europe is a bit tricky. There are a few pricey options through Amazon but they were not available in my preferred pencil grades.
Therefore when visiting New York last year and the delightful CW Pencils I decided to add one of these pencils to my shopping list. My mistake really was only buying one!
I really like the look of the Kimberlys pencil. I do think I have a soft spot for dark green lacquer pencils, as I also quite like the design of the Faber-Castell 9000. Kimberly’s has a nice little extra with a small brass cap on the end of the pencil. This gives it some protection and a little bit of additional weight, presumably with the aim to make it more comfortable when writing. I think it works well and looks very nice. Green and brass compliment each other very well.
In terms of the F grade pencil it is darker than other F grade pencils I have used. Using this alongside Staedtler, Caran d’Ache And Mitsu-bishi F grade pencils, the Kimberly pencil does have a darker graphite. I am not sure if General's pencils come up a little darker than other brands on the market but I feel like this F grade pencil feels a bit more like a HB grade that I am used to.
I think the Generals Kimberly pencil in F grade is a really nice woodcase pencil. It looks good, has a really nice smooth graphite making it really nice to write with and I always enjoy using it when I grab it from my pencil pot. I kinda wish I had grabbed a couple of additional pencils.