Generals Kimberly Pencil - F Grade Review

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!

The fancy pencil end cap

The fancy pencil end cap

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.

F grade pencil comparison

F grade pencil comparison

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.

Full written review 

Full written review 

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.

October Loadout

After my recent trip to New York, Octobers loadout is pencil heavy. 

The Notebooks 

Regular Size Midori Travelers Notebook (MTN) - When I finished up with my September Loadout post I wasn't sure if I would be able to stick with the MTN setup, but coming into October it's still going strong. I am getting used to the customisation and enjoying it more and more. The paper is great and perfect for fountain pens. This month I even added the 016 medium pen loop and the 008 zipper plastic pocket which means I must be committed. 

The Pencils 

Palomino Blackwing Volume 725 - the lacquer on this pencil is stunning and combined with the super sharp point from the classroom friendly sharpener this is possibly one of my favourite pencils at the moment. 

Tombow 2558 H grade - I am keen to try out this pencil for journalling, particularly after the Pen Addicts recent review. I enjoy firmer grade pencils and I think this will really fit the bill.

Caran d'Ache edelweiss F grade - after my controversial Caran d'Ache Swiss Wood post I have wanted to find a different Caran d'Ache pencil that I could enjoy using. I really like the brand and have enjoyed using their mechanical pencil, so after my CW Pencils visit I will spend some time figuring out if this is the Caran d'Ache pencil for me. 

General Pencil Company Kimberly F grade - I am intrigued by this pencil ever since I heard Johnny Gamber talk about it on the Erasable podcast. It's not the 2B he discussed but it's a firm friend. I have no experience of General's pencils, plus the different graphite grades are hard to find here in the UK. I have high expectations of this pencil, so fingers crossed I won't be disappointed.  

Mitsu-bishi 9000 HB - I wanted to try this out and see how it compares to the Hi-Uni. The 9000 looked like a good option. I really like the green lacquer on this pencil and the special note on the barrel which states 'made by elaborate process'. 

Octobers preferred pencils 

Octobers preferred pencils 

The Pens

Pilot Kakuno M nib - I am planning on inking this up with an Iroshizuku ink I have on the way from Jetpens. I recently bought a few of the mini bottles as there were quite a few I wanted to try. Once they arrive I will decide on which colour to use, but my plan is to use this pen with my Hobonichi Techo as the Tomoe River paper demands the use of a fountain pen.  

Karas Kustoms Ink F nib - I still have this inked up with the Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink and I am still enjoying the partnership. This will carry over into October. 

Lamy AL Star F nib - I enjoy using this pen with my Hobonichi Techo. I have this inked up with the Lamy Black T-10 ink cartridges. 


The Classroom Friendly Sharpener - as far as I am concerned at the moment there is no other sharpener. With the pencil heavy loadout for this month, the classroom friendly sharpener will be my new best friend. 

Hobonichi Techo - I am as committed as ever to the Techo. I will be buying my 2016 book this month. I am working on another post summarising my thoughts on this planner, for me this is definitely here to stay. 

Midori MD A5 Notebook - this is my additional journal. Usually I use this with fountain pens, however this month I will use this with my newly acquired pencils. 

For October my main changes are less fountain pens and more pencils. This is a big change from my usual loadout but I am looking forward to this change up. I may miss using fountain pens, but I may also surprise myself and enjoy using pencils resulting them becoming more important in my everyday use. Who knows, only time will tell. The truth will be in Novembers Loadout.