The Toison D’or 1900 is quite the beauty. Its hexagonal barrel is painted with a glossy black lacquer and had a cream colored stripe at the top where the lead hardness is located. The stamping is gold foil and really pops out against the black of the pencil.
The darkness of the graphite is just perfect and glides smoothly over the paper. My only complaint is that this pencil is super light– as in weight– and it took a lot of getting used to. I usually do not put my pencil caps on the top of the pencil when they are not in use, but as you can see in the above picture, I had to because it felt odd to have something in my hand that did not weigh much. The Toison D’or erases wonderfully and does not smear at all. This was great for me because drawing bell curves in stats class is not something I am good at. 🙂
As I got to the end of the pencil, I ran into some troubles with the graphite core while sharpening. I am not sure if it is just the sharpener I am using (Palomino Long Point), but the graphite just snaps right off in the sharpener and I have to waste about a quarter inch of the pencil re-sharpening. This problem is not a deal breaker for me, but it is definitely annoying. Overall: 7/10