Musgrave Bugle No. 2
When I randomly selected the pencil for this week's review I was admittedly grumpy with my resulting pick. I have a dislike for round barreled pencils. I tend to have a pretty strong grip and I just cannot get comfortable using anything other than a hexagonal or triangular pencil. The Musgrave Bugle itself is quite charming-- it has a nice, deep white imprint of two bugles (duh) and Musgrave's own branding. I usually do not like when there is a lot of information on a pencil, but this works. I love the contrast of white stamping against the glossy wood grain.
This pencil has no ferrule or eraser, so it is a bit light, but nothing a pencil cap eraser cannot fix. The Bugle sharpens perfectly with no point breakage or crumbling. This is a bonus for me since I spend a lot of time taking notes and do not have time to fuss with crumbly graphite. Point retention is average (I press a bit hard, so this is always a subjective viewpoint). It fares far better than last week's pencil with it comes to smearing and transfer, yet it still has a dark enough lay down of graphite to be acceptable for my needs.
Another thing I was able to mitigate, but worth bringing up nonetheless was how light the pencil is without an eraser and ferrule. If you prefer heft to the non-writing end of your pencil, definitely use an eraser cap. I used a lovely little one I picked up from Caroline at CW Pencil Enterprise, the Blüm which erases well and comes in nifty neon colors (I love neon). Sadly, she does not seem to carry them anymore, but you can find more info here. At twenty five cents a pencil, it is definitely worth purchasing a few of the Musgrave Bugles for your supply. Caroline sells singles, so be sure to head there to pick a few up (plus, she's awesome). Overall 8.0/10