The Fila Electrographic 203 is an exceptional pencil.
Made by Fila in Firenze (Florence), Italy, the pencil has an unrounded hexagonal shape and an outstanding fire engine red finish. The lead is like that of the cousin IBM Electrographic – leaving an extremely dense, rich, saturated black line.
The lead is of such high quality that it makes most competitors seem lacking.
I’ve been comparing it with top modern pencils such as the Pentel Black Polymer 999, and subjective observation suggests it is at least as good at most tasks.
Combined with the outstanding finish, the pencil is a true standout!