The few test pencils I have sharpened have done so fairly evenly. They’re not perfect (like a Palomino Blackwing) but they’re pretty good when the price is taken into consideration.
After a day of moderate (by my standards) use, the lead didn’t break. It’s perfectly adequate.
The erasers work well. Little graphite is left behind; there is negligible smudging; and the eraser dust doesn’t snake.
A few additional observations:
The barrel of the U.S.A. Gold is narrower than other pencils. It’s very subtle, but perceptible.
The imprinting is visibly imperfect.
Although I don’t have a way to test this theory, these pencils feel lighter than others. I assume this is due to the narrower barrel.
To sum up, these are above-average American-made pencils sold at a below-average price. If you’re not willing to spend Palomino (so fancy!)4 money, these are a pretty safe bet.
The theater did not live up to expectations. Despite being fairly new, it looked abused and wasn’t very clean. Only some of the seats reclined, too. We saw Jurrasic World; it sucked. ↩
It was my first and last time going to K-Mart. ↩