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Coloured pencils are an essential item to buy for filling up the kid's pencil cases when they go back to school after the summer. Having previously enjoyed great success with the Staedtler Noris pencils which are far superior to anything else on the market, I decided to try their ergosoft coloured pencils too. These pencils are not cheap, costing £6 for a box of 12 pencils but I was hoping the quality would make up for that.
These pencils are designed to be comfortable to hold. The triangular shape of the pencil means that it is easy to grip and the surface is softer than a standard wooden pencil. I can't say I can feel a huge amount of difference when holding this pencil compared to a standard one but for kiddies doing an extended session of colouring in then it means it won't dig into their delicate little fingers.
The main thing that sets these pencils apart from the crowd is the ABS or anti break system. The lead itself is stronger meaning it breaks less frequently in use and it is also surrounded by a protective coating. This means that if you drop the pencil then it is far less likely to shatter the whole way through, making it last for a lot longer. These pencils do last longer than standard coloured pencils because of this, we have never had a dud pencil where you keep sharpening and just find more broken lead and end up throwing it out.
The colours are pretty standard for a colouring set with the primary colours, orange, brown, pink, purple and black. White is notably missing from this set but available in the 24 pack. The lead is softer than in other pencils making it ideal for colouring in as it flows nicely over the page. It does mean that the lead does wear down fairly quickly though and the pencils need sharpening a lot. Because of the soft lead, the pencils are not idea for writing as they do not keep a sharp point for very long. I did not find the colours to be any more vibrant than standard pencils but the finish is slightly nicer when colouring as there are no pencil lines showing in a block of colour.
One nice thing about the set of pencils is that they come in their own plastic storage box which you can open up and stand on a table. This encourages kids to look after the pencils and put them away after use which is important since they are expensive.
I bought these pencils for my teenage daughter as she loves art and I thought she would enjoy having some nicer materials to work with. She likes these pencils but they are not her favourites. They would make a nice gift for a child from 7 to 10 I think who is old enough to look after the nicer pencils but they are not suitable for more serious artistic endeavors.
I bought these ergosoft coloured pencils from amazon at the same time as I bought the Staedtler fineliner pens. The coloured pencils cost me £5.98, making each pencil worth 49p. I have seen the ergosoft coloured pencils on sale in other shops such as Whsmiths for £11.99 and Rymans for £9.99.
The pencils come in a wide range of different colours. These colours include: yellow, orange, red, pink , purple, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, light brown, dark brown and black. All of the colours are well pigmented and show up easily on different colours of paper and card.
The coloured pencils have a triangular shaped barrel which is meant to make writing and drawing more comfortable, it definitely does. The barrel is also a slim size which makes the pencils suitable for all age groups to use. The barrel is also very soft, and is covered in a non-slip covering. The soft texture makes colouring for long periods of time very comfortable.
The pencils have an anti-break system which Staedtler claims provides 'uninterrupted creativity'. This is definitely true. They also have a soft, break resistant lead meaning the days of endless sharpening with cheaper pencils is over. So far, I have only had to sharpen them as I have run down the lead, not because the lead has snapped off.
The pencils come in a plastic case which has special slots for each pencil. When the lid is opened, it pulls back and can be secured to the back of the case to provide a stand for the pencils to sit in. This is a great feature of the pencils as it makes getting each pencil out of the case even easier.
Each of the pencils has a designated area on one of the triangular sides for writing your name. This is particularly useful if they are for children to take to school as they can name their kit. Also, if they go missing, it is very easy to prove they belong to your child.
I haven't got a bad word to say about these pencils, they are the same excellent quality as all of Staedtler's other stationary. My pencils have been going for about 4 years now, and when they have been used to the point where they are as small as my little finger, I will definitely buy some more.
I have recently taken up drawing for pleasure as art runs in my family, both sets of grandparents draw and paint so I was hoping the skills may have passed down to me. As this was a new hobby I had to buy all my art supplies from new. I started out with some cheap colouring pencils but after using these on drawings I was proud of and noticing them leaving streaks across my artwork I decided to use some with a bit more quality to them.
I draw a range of designs from cartoon drawings to still life and landscapes so I need a versatile pencil not just specialising in one area.
Browsing the art supplies in WH Smiths I spotted these Staedtler coloured pencils for just under £20 for 24 pencils. I thought that seemed quite expensive and if I didn't have a £10 gift card I wouldn't have bought them but I am glad I did. As soon as I started using these I could feel the difference, when shading with the cheap pencils the coloured lead snapped and marked my drawings but these wear down evenly giving an even finish even on grain art paper. The last thing you want is to spend hours on a drawing and ruin the effect with poor colour or shading, a problem I have had in the past with cheap pencils. They colour and blend very nicely, not leaving streaks or lines on your artwork and can be further blended with your fingers or a rubber. I was very impressed with the vibrant colours of Spiderman which I recently drew for a little ones birthday card.
The range of colours in this pack are great, lovely shades from black through to white and I didn't feel like I was missing any particular colour or shade with any of my previous drawings. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up more supplies by this brand again and I have learnt that with art supplies you really do get what you pay for.
Thank you for reading.
You might wonder why on earth it would be worth spending £6-8 for 12 pencils or over £20 for 24 when you can buy budget pencils for a fraction of the price. There is, however, an adage we hold dear in this house - "buy cheap, buy twice", and this proves to be true with these pencils; they may be more expensive than the norm, but they are the only wooden colouring pencils we've found in years of buying art equipment that are actually a pleasure to use and not an exercise in sharpening continually due to broken leads.
The pencils are triangular in shape and have a nice soft covering - they are very pleasant to hold and use. They've got some sort of covering on them which makes them non slip. For such a simple item they have a few other nice design features. There's a space on the pencil on one of the flat sides to write your name, handy if you are going to be taking them to school. The box itself, as you can see in the picture, which is plastic, doubles as a stand. The sticker on the front shows you which order to put the pencils back in and can also be closed so that the pencils are protected.
Probably the most important feature of these pencils is the actual colouring lead. This the manufacturer promises has an "anti-break system" - I don't know what this means, other than as you sharpen the pencils you can see the inner lead has a white coating on it. This doesn't show up on the paper when you are using a pencil. All the colours are bright and true to the outside of the pencil and you get exactly the colours as pictured above in the 24 set, slightly less in the cheaper 12 pencil set. We have bought both in our time and I find they really are worth it as the coverage these give is great - the lead is of exactly the right hardness, and also we have yet to have a lead break yet inside the pencil. The pencils are very long lasting and I think the design of the box does encourage the user to keep them tidy.
It's nice to know also that these pencils come from sustainable sources. These slim pencils are ideal for use by children and adults alike - they are by far the preferred choice of the school children I know and seem to produce better results on the paper than the cheaper pencils do. All things taken into consideration even though these pencils are more expensive than most they really are a great buy in my opinion, they are a quality item that are a pleasure to use. Highly recommended.
Slim coloured pencil for all groups ABS Anti-break system for uninterrupted creativity, lead 50% more break resistant and pencil 30% stronger Unique, non-slip soft surface Perfect ergonomics thanks to triangular shape Soft, break-resistant lead Easy to sharpen with any quality sharpener