If I ever step into ink, I usually like to use something a little seasonal, especially in the autumn. Pilot makes a new burgundy G2 now, and the brown Le Pen is an equally great color — sepia with a purple-wine tinge.
But Ashley writes in with a very good question: What are we pencil folk to do when we are bored with graphite grey?
“I love the Pencil Revolution! I am still happily scribbling away with my awesome Cretacolor Monolith woodless graphite pencils, but I have a new urge to write in color. Can someone at the Revolution suggest any colored pencils that are suitable to write with? I have a lovely Stabilo aquarelleo in blue. This has a thick waxy core and is meant for glass, plastic, etc. I enjoy writing with it because it is smooth and fluid, but the thickness has two problems if you just want to writ. It makes it hard to get a nice point on it, and needs too frequent sharpening to keep any point. That said, I would appreciate any new reviews or ideas about colored pencils specifically for writing. Thanks! Vive la Revolution!”
I have some All-Stabilos that are water-soluble china markers, but Ashely’s right. They are not good for writing on paper unless you want to sharpen an already dull point every other line. And trying to write with an artist-type colored pencil will only waste a nice tool.
Some companies used to make indelible pencils in different colors — non-erasable pencils that contained aniline dyes in different hues. But, with the advent of portable pens that don’t make a mess in one’s pocket, those went the way of the manual typewriter. The only ones I can find for sale in the United States are the NoBlot ink pencils, “A Bottle of Ink in a Pencil.” (We’d greatly appreciate info about any others!)
Another item to try might be something in the new line of Erasable Checking pencils that Dixon has out. I have only tried the red, but I can vouch that they are very nice checking pencils and that you might be able to write with them as well.
Does anyone else have any ideas?