This week, I am going to take a look at a brand that I had never used or heard of before— Jolly. Jolly is a company from Austria that mainly focuses on children’s art/school supplies. The Jolly Graphit Kinderfest pencil is, what I would consider, a “starter pencil” for younger children (like Kindergartners). It has a larger barrel than a standard pencil, but I would not consider it a jumbo pencil as it still fits in a standard pencil sharpener. The pencil has a natural finish with its top end dipped in a lime-colored lacquer. The pencil sharpens nicely and reveals a super thick core. At first I thought this would be an issue as a lot of thicker-cored pencils have horrible point retention, but my fears were allayed when I began writing with this thing.
Point retention is wonderful! I have written a few pages worth of journal entries and have yet to resharpen this pencil. It falls right in the middle in regard to darkness which is okay with me as darker grades tend to smudge a bit more. Also, this pencil is branded as an HB pencil, so it shouldn’t be too dark to begin with. I will say that it seems a bit darker than a standard HB pencil. I initially balked at the $1.50/pencil for these, but with the way the point retains its sharpness, it’s not a bad price. If you are interested in picking a few of these up, CW Pencils has them in stock.