Palomino Blackwing Pencil Review

I really enjoy my monthly subscription box from Pigment + Palette. I have been introduced to products that I would not normally come across in my local artist supply store. In the 14th edition I found a strange looking pencil called a Palomino Blackwing. The eraser at the top is flattened out like a carpentry pencil-handy when you need your pencil to stay put.
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The write up was over the top:
“The Blackwing pencil was introduced in the 1930’s by Eberhard Faber and was the pencil of choice for Oscar, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize winners throughout the 20th century. After it was discontinued in the 1990’s, fans began paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock.”
I rolled my eyes a bit while sharpening my new acquisition. I was taken back a bit with the smoothness of the graphite on paper. It reminded me of my Tombows of which I am a big fan of. I had to pull them out for a comparison. I think it falls into a #3b softness range (there is nothing I can find about the hardness rating of this pencil).
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I’m not sure if the scale tips a bit into the Blackwing camp because of the ‘cool’ factor or if there is just the slightest quality point in the buttery like smoothness of the graphite. I also really like the white eraser that extends out of the ferule. One less thing needed for sketching on the go.
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I think I will put this pencil in my ‘to go’ bag.

What is your favorite pencil?

You can see some of my graphite work here:
Sand Island Lighthouse
These pencils are available for purchase from Amazon: