got in my Palamino Blackwing pencils from the California Cedar Products Co. Been playing around and comparing it with the Original Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602. Is it is as GOOD? IMHO it's not, close but no cigar. Is it a decent replacement? possibly. It's darker, it's seems softer and the lead wears faster. The wood seems bigger and heavier and the eraser ferruleis larger and keeps the pencil off balance way more than it's predecessor, plus the eraser is useless like so many pencil erasers of today. As I see it the original 602 is a part of lost history of pencils. A thing of legend, yes but will never really come again like so many other LOST pencils of yesteryear.
This was done on a cream color higher quality paper.