OMG a pencil review!!!
In looking at a product like the Faber-Castell Grip 2001 Pencil I can understand why there is so much love for this oldest of writing instruments. Something about graphite on paper fires off those often under used creative brain cells.
I know the Grip 2001 comes highly recommended by many pencil addicts so I wanted to give them a try. I was not disappointed. The package I chose from JetPens contained three different lead grades: 2B, B, and HB. As an admitted pencil newbie, I always have to double-check the hardness chart to see where these grades fall in the scale. All three are right in the middle, with 2B being the softest and darkest, and HB being the hardest and lightest. It is relative though, as all three are neighbors.
The 2B did a wonderful job in the written review but I found that I much prefered the firmer HB for regular use. In fact, I have picked it up and used it several times over the past week and it was great. I loved how clean and sharp my lines were.
On the design side, the Faber-Castell 2001 is famous for those little black bumps on the barrel known as the Soft-Grip-Zone. They make for a non-slip grip and a comfortable writing experience. The barrel shape is triangular, and my only gripe with the pencil as a whole is that the overall diameter is slightly smaller than other pencils I have reviewed like the Blackwing 602. It's a minor complaint and I didn't notice until I picked up other pencils after using the 2001.
I'm not at the level yet where I can deep dive on all the reasons why you should or shouldn't use one pencil over the other but I will say I prefer my Blackwings over the 2001. That said, I just ordered several more pencils to get a better feel for different brands. The hook has been set folks.
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(JetPens is an advertiser on The Pen Addict and I received this product at no charge.)