I got this pencil with a bunch of others in an Ebay auction. It immediately struck my eye, because of its strange plastic appearance. The paint on the pencil seems to be a plastic coating that gives the pencil a strange toy feeling. The lettering is… well, simple but functional and deep. The pencil is not made of wood, well it is wood but its what they call a wood-composite. This is done so that the pencil can be easily sharpened. The lead itself is pretty thick and very well bonded to the wood-composite so that breaking the lead becomes almost impossible. You guessed it, this is a pencil which was (is?) marketed for schools. But does that imply that the pencil must be bad for an artist? Most cheap pencils tend to be bad, because, well they are cheap, in this case the pencil is not only cheap, but of very bad quality. I know that US people might have fond memories of their Eagle, I saw lots of posts where people are trying to get their hands on some, because of some happy remembrance from past times.
I sharpened the pencil with my new Bungo Ryodo. Strangely that didn’t go too well. I suppose the wood-composite is not well suited for the mechansim of desktop-sharpeners.
The production standards are pretty apparent here. Badly put together and the eraser is of similar quality.
So I tried to sketch with that pencil. I really tried to give it a chance, but it didn’t succeed, it didn’t even try. It looks like a pencil, it pretends even to be a pencil, but it does not perform like a pencil. I really hated the feeling: smeary, but without delivering graphite. And writing isn’t pleasant.
Compared to the earlier reviewed “Dessin 2001”, the Eagle is far worse. But nevertheless this was somehow fun, finding a pencil, you really don’t like. I thought there were no bad pencils, that pencils always try to attain a certain standard, well color me corrected.