We have seen some specialty pencils from Viarco of Portugal, namely the Violeta Copia copying pencil and the Olympico and Comercial red and blue pencils. Today we’ll venture into more mainstream territory.
For those who didn’t read those articles, I’ll restate that “Viarco is a 94 year old pencil company from João da Madeira, Portugal, who produce a wide range of pencils – writing pencils, drawing pencils, carpenter’s pencils, and yes, even copying pencils and red and blue pencils – with a staff of twenty-eight!”
The Desenho Premium is made from incense cedar, and finished in matte black (including the cap). With silver lettering, it is an appealing combination.
Hexagonal, the pencil comes factory sharpened, and is easily resharpened. Like other matte finish pencils, the grip is excellent.
The pencil’s weak point is the lead. To me, it seems just average in smoothness, or perhaps slightly above average. While still a very good office pencil, I was disappointed that the Desenho Premium wasn’t just a bit more “premium”.