This is a review of the assortment of Unigraph 1200 Drawing pencils made by Musgrave. Musgrave is one of the last surviving American pencil companies, and as such I’d like to support them.
I got these pencils as a gift – www.pencilthings.com had sent them to me by mistake, in place of the box of B grade pencils that I’d ordered. When I emailed Rose about the problem she graciously said to keep them and she would send the rest – the best response one could ask for.
Here’s my first impressions:
2B – Nice! A bit soft, perhaps, but otherwise it’s a fine writing pencil.
B – Hard. Very hard for a B. I would expect the 2H to be like this.
HB – Pretty much exactly the same as the B.
H – seems softer than both the B and HB,
2H – harder than the H, and about the same as the B and HB.
I’m convinced the B and HB are mislabeled 2H pencils.
The 2B is more like a 4B from some other brands, but it writes with a fairly creamy smoothness – much like their Test Scoring 100 pencil, but definitely softer. It seems similar to the Palomino Blackwing, but not as waxy.
I’m anxious to see if the B grade pencils I ordered as a box are any different than the B represented here.