I finally got my hands on a pencil that I’ve liked for a long time — the Koh-I-Noor Triograph. I fully realize that it’s not a writing pencil, but a sketch pencil. From the Koh-I-Noor website’s product page:
These 5.6mm lead pencils are excellent for working in large areas and for quick, loose strokes; they blend extraordinarily well too.
They can be used alone or in combination with a plethora of artistic media to achieve effects as unique as the individual artist.
That’s a little fancier that I get, folks. But man, they’re gorgeous. I love the stain on the wood barrel:
I also really like triangular barrels. That was definitely a big decision factor for me.
So when my pencils arrived from Jetpens (Disclosure: I received these pencils at no charge for review purposes), I opened then excitedly.
The first thing I noticed? Man, were they thick! Pencil Talk had a great post about them back in 2007, where he compared the diameter to some of the other thick, triangular pencils, like the Tri-Conderoga (one of my favorites) and the Faber-Castell Jumbo Grip.
The Triographs measure in at 10.5 millimeters diameter, compared to the relatively slim Tri-Conderoga’s 7mm. Turns out, the Tri-Conderoga is just the right width. I felt like a preschooler holding the Triograph. It was to the point where it felt unwieldy, especially, when I tried to lay down fine marks on a page.
While the barrel was a bit too thick, I really liked how thick the graphite core was. It held strong! I imagine its so thick because, as the description page says, it’s great for shading in large areas.
(As you can see, I tried it out in my brand new Baron Fig Confidant notebook! A review of that will be coming soon!)
Because it’s a drawing pencil, I ordered a 2B, which was the hardest grade they make. So you’ll notice that it’s a bit darker than many HB pencil reviews you’ll see. The graphite itself was smooth. I would say it’s somewhere smack dab in the middle of the buttery smooth Palomino Blackwing classic, and the slightly grittier ForestChoice. It’s just so hard to compare — the thickness and triangularness (triangularity?) makes it hard to judge for sure.
For a 2B pencil, it held its point pretty well. Good thing, too, because I own no pencil sharpener that would fit it! I’d definitely need to take a knife to it, and man, am I bad at sharpening pencils with knives.
If I were to find an ink equivalent to the Triograph, I’d compare it to a Sharpie marker. I wouldn’t use it to write on, say, college-ruled paper, but if I needed to write something large and dark, it’d be perfect.
Bottom line: this pencil isn’t necessarily for me, but it’s not because of poor quality or performance. If you sketchers and artists out there need a nice, thick, multi-grade pencil set, definitely pick these up.
They’re available in 2B, 4B and 6B at JetPens.com. You can get each grade in a six-pack for a reasonable$11, or a three-pack blister with one of each grade for $6.55.
8 thoughts on “The Koh-I-Noor Triograph: The Sharpie of pencils”
I’m not a huge pencil fan, but I have to admit, those look nice!
Uuh, that seems to be something for me there! They really look gorgeous. Though I’m not sure the thikness will be of my liking… Will have to order.
It’s definitely something I think most people would need to get used to, if not for the circumference, for the triangularity, too!
Wonder if these would work?
http://www.jetpens.com/Kum-Special-Diameter-Wooden-Pencil-Sharpener-for-Triangular-Hexagonal-Body-Pencils-2-Sizes-8-10-mm-Red/pd/5498 this has a 10mm hole
http://www.jetpens.com/Kum-Big-12R-Ice-Pencil-Sharpener-12-mm-Orange/pd/10514 This one has a 12mm hole.
I have that first sharpener, Alejandro, and it definitely doesn’t fit. That second sharpener, though — I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for the link!
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These are great drawing pencils. The graphite is very smooth, they are a great fit in the hand and don’t go rolling off when you set them down. The wife had a sharpener for her makeup pencils which she let me use to sharpen them with (they are thick so it takes a large hole sharpener). These are a GREAT sketching pencil for sure.
got them a thew months ago,and in this case you can defiantly judge the book by it’s cover. there amazing .