The Dong-a World Best Black Wood pencil is the last in our series on the pencils of Korea.
This pencil has a black matte finish and black dyed wood. To my eye, it has a very powerful minimal design. I’m told that this pencil is very hard to find, even in Korea. Though I considered setting it aside for some sort of special occasion, I did wind up sharpening it. The lead, while not bad, wasn’t at the same level of excellence as the pencil’s appearance.
My favourite Korean pencil (among those I’ve seen) is easily the Munhwa Deojon hi-mic, based on the quality of the lead. Finish-wise, the Black Wood and Hankook Sharp Office both stood out.
It is great that Korea still has a woodcase pencil industry (though some of these pencils were made in China), and I congratulate those who are continuing to manufacture these writing implements.
My thanks to Kent for providing these pencils.
Other posts on Korean pencils:
Hankook Sharp pencil June 8, 2008
Dong-a Hongdangmoo Office pencil June 19, 2008
Korean office pencils: Dong-a and Hankook Sharp July 2 , 2008
Dong-a Fable pencil July 15, 2008
Munhwa Deojon hi-mic pencil July 28, 2008