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Camel HB pencil review

It has been a while since I have done an actual review here on the blog and to kick off the new year I thought I would start with a pencil review.

The Camel HB pencil is one I have been pining for. It’s a beautiful looking pencil and the more I saw and heard, the more I wanted it. But there is one small issue, in the UK it is impossible to come by. The only place I have seen this online is from CW Pencils and the international shipping rates for the few pencils I would want to buy was something I couldn’t justify. Then a few months later, as if by magic, in stepped Priya from The London Parchment. A colleague of hers would be visiting the US and she was going to place a CW Pencils order and she wondered if I would like to add anything. Obviously I jumped at the chance!

After pining for quite some time, waiting for this pencil to arrive, actually holding it in my hand and using it, it doesn’t disappoint. I was expecting to find faults with it because I had built it up so much, but it turns out this pencil is wonderful.

The design is classic. It has a natural finish barrel with a clear lacquer on the barrel giving it a protective sheen. The branding is minimal and embossed in white which makes the pencil look clean.

Beautiful colours and very simple branding - classic Japanese style

Beautiful colours and very simple branding - classic Japanese style

The distinctive feature with the Camel HB is the eraser that sits flush to the pencil barrel. There is no ferrule. I haven’t seen any other pencil like it. Because there is no ferrule this pencil is really, really lightweight making it a pleasure to write with. Personally I prefer a pencil without an eraser due to the weight, so this fits perfectly.

When it comes to actually using the pencil you’re not disappointed. Point retention is great, it sharpens beautifully giving a nice clean finish on the wood. The graphite writes really smoothly on a wide variety of different paper types.

In terms of how the graphite prints on the page, its colour is nice. Its a dark enough grey, but not too dark and it doesn’t smudge or print on other pages.

I am sure you have guessed, but I like this pencil, a lot. It’s a beauty. I am so pleased I managed to get my hands on a few of them. It’s just such a shame that these pencils are so hard to come by. I’d love to see European distribution of the Camel pencils.

The camel against the Blackwing 211, both very similar in barrel finish

The camel against the Blackwing 211, both very similar in barrel finish

Alongside the natural finish I also took the chance to grab some of the pastel finish pencils. I have not used these much at all but I would presume they perform in the same way. The pastel colours are so pretty and come in some gorgeous colours. I picked up the mint, purple and pink giving myself a nice stock for my pencil usage.

My pastel Camel pencils. Beautiful colours.

My pastel Camel pencils. Beautiful colours.