Musgrave Harvest #2
Musgrave Pencil Company is located in Shelbyville, TN and has been manufacturing pencils since 1916. While they have a plethora of school-grade pencils, Musgrave is known today as the place to go for custom pencils. With hundreds of options for a billion (ok, I'm exaggerating) occasions, I am sure at some point you have held a Musgrave made pencil in your hand. This week I chose the Musgrave Harvest #2 I purchased in one of my many hauls from CW Pencil Enterprise. It is a simple-looking school pencil with gold foil stamping and a gold ferrule with a maroon colored stripe.
The Harvest sharpened up nicely and the shavings had a nice smell to them. Point retention was average, but it was definitely frustrating to have to sharpen so often this past week. The darkness of the graphite was a bit too light for me, but it did not smear and had no discernible grit while writing. The eraser, on the other hand, was horrible. Not only did it barely do its job, it seemed to slough off like a skin-like material (see below). Not sure what's up with that, but don't use the eraser if you don't have to.
Writing with the Harvest was not uncomfortable, but I did cramp up a bit due to the perceived lightness to the way the graphite laid down on paper. By Friday, I was down to a nub and was worried I wouldn't make it through the rest of the day, but the Harvest pulled through.
At 35 cents a pencil, you get what you pay for: a cheap, yet effective pencil. Just do not use the eraser unless you are desperate or hate your paper. Overall: 6.5/10