Faber-Castell POLYCHROMOS Artist Color Pencils Tin - 60 count 110060 Metal Tin of 60
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59 of 59 found the following review helpful:
for the colored pencil nerd in you Jan 18, 2009
Although the desire to buy the deluxe set of 120 runs deep in your veins, avoid the temptation. The set of 120 contains many near doubles and plenty of cast-offs. The set of 60 will take you pretty much wherever you want to go. If it doesn't, plenty of online art retailers are offering the "open stock" option to help you personalize and complete your set.
Faber-Castell professes that this Polychromos line is both smudgeproof and waterproof. I'm not sure if the waterproof claim is factual, but I have experienced their smudgeability. However, this slight tendency towards smudging is nothing much to be concerned about. Polychromos leads are very strong and deserving of their 'unbreakable' title. (I recommend sharpening them with an x-acto knife to customize your point and to save lead that would otherwise be wasted in using a twist, crank, or electric sharpener.) Since the leads are hard, I wouldn't advise using them on "plate" or extra-smooth drawing surfaces. They are best suited for surfaces with medium tooth. If delivering hard pressure with colored pencils is your thing, toss away your Derwents, Pablos, and Prismacolors because Polychromos pencils are oil-based and will not taint your finished work with "wax-bloom". Polychromos has some of the widest color range I've ever witnessed in top-quality colored pencils (especially in greens). In this set of 60, you'll meet the dud, Van Dyck Brown, and possibly 2 others (at most) depending upon your personal preference. Some pencils in this set are VERY close in hue. While you'll probably make good use of them, you can eventually weed a few out to make room in your set for a more varied color collection. All in all, I guarantee that you will be quite happy with the set.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Spectacular Pencils Dec 29, 2012
By Christina Masaitis
I bought the set of 60 to replace my pastel pencils, which constantly broke and were impossible to sharpen. I dealt with them for years, being too cheap to try a new set and end up being just as displeased. These are absolutely amazing. Very velvety texture that easily lays down uniform swaths of color, and you can press on them to your heart's content and the leads do not break. They SHARPEN! I cannot wait to shop for more individual colors. I wish there were more flesh tones, and some of the colors are quite similar in the set. But you do get enough color options, and the quality has me overjoyed and inspired!
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
You get what you pay for Aug 07, 2012
"Elfin Little Me (Karen F)"
Initially I found it hard to believe the price I need to pay for a faber castell pencil. It is expensive. But when I tried using one off from a smaller tin, I decided to go forth for this set of 60 pencils. The colors are brilliant and the color lay down is great. Very fine and smooth texture which I think no pencils to date could match. Derwent comes in very close though.
Performed as described Jun 07, 2013
By Rosemary Karr
I like the handling of the pencils, wonderful greens, had to add some individual pencils to get reds i wanted.
Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils Apr 05, 2013
By Debs Designs
Ordered in perfect condition - tin was shrink wrapped and item shipped and packaged very well to ensure they arrived safely.
Very quick postage. I had been wanting these pencils for quite some time & I was just waiting for the right price - excellent value!
Vibrant colors and a lovely set of pencils that will definitely enhance my artistic practice - Faber Castell are the only brand of pencils that I use and I am glad to now have these ones in my collection along with my water-colour & pitt pastel ones!
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