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I bought a box of these pencils when I finally used up my Norris pencils from Staedler. These cost about the same at £3.49 for a box of 12, but i honestly can't see what the difference is.
When buying in a set you should get a box, but certain Amazon sellers don't send them in one, check the description before you do. The box can be recycled, it's 100% card and it just slots open so you can slide the pencils out. It's not at all as useful or practical as the pens boxes Staedler do, which act as desk tidy's.
The pencils are made of excellent wood, it claims to be extra break resistant on the packaging and I can confirm this is the case. Normally with the cheaper pencils like the supermarket value ones the lead breaks inside when you drop them from a low height but throwing these about, dropping, smacking etc doesn't do much harm to these; no different to the Norris pencils then.
The pens can be sharpened down to a stub but hen it gets very difficult to sharpen further and almost impossible when just a centimetre is sticking out the end. These can be sharpened at both ends though so this is nothing to do with the wood. Must be those damn laws of physics...
The wood is a little soft and so you can sink your teeth into it. You can also buy these pencils with little rubbers on the end, these are rock solid rubbers and the metal is quite thin and flexible so don't bite down on these. They also come off the pencils quite easily and leave little holes behind where they've been.
Writing with these is no different to the Norris pencils, they feel the same, comfortable and the wood doesn't feel too hard so you can hold them for extended periods of time without finger ache. They haven't improved or worsened my hand writing and they flow and flex with my writing perfectly. Again, no different to the Norris ones.
The paint on the pencils doesn't wear off unless you sit there and physically scrape it off. It does seem quite sweat resistant and being a pencil they usually run out or need sharpening before your sweat rubs off the paint.
When it comes to sharpening these don't break or shred apart, they do sharpen well and quickly. The quality of the wood is excellent but again, no different to the Norris ones, so the big question is, if these are the same price and just as good what's the point of them?
They're the same but depending on where you buy one of the two will be cheaper, so of the two, just go for the cheapest? Why pay for something that's the same as it's cheaper counter part?
Overall I do like these pencils, I just fancied a change to see what these were all about but they're just a different colour, that's all I can work out so whichever is cheapest when you buy them, go for that. Highly recommended pencils to keep at your desk for drawing or writing.
There's not much you can really say about a measily old pencil, however there are a few things that could be pointed out to an inquisitive observer.
I have to say, all through my school life that this pencil really was the classic one that the teachers would pull out to those students who would have forgotten theirs, so this must have something to do with the fact that they are well trusted in schools, and this may be due to the fact they they are quite cheap but still extremely sturdy. The hexagonal ridges will also help to stop the pencils rolling off desks and onto floors, which may also have made the leads snap and will reduce the amount you would have to bend over to pick it back up again, like you would with round bodied pencils.
While looking on Amazon it has brought to my attention that in the item info. it says about how these pencils are "Ideal for school or office use" due to their break-resistance from their super-bonded lead through Jet-Bonding.
For a pack of 12 of these pencils you would be looking in the region of paying about £3.50 which works out at around 29p per pencil.
I would really recommend picking up these pencils as i have used them in the past and seem extremely sturdy and the leads are prone against snapping, which can save a lot of time in examinations and even just day to day life, as it's the little things like leads snapping while sharpening pencils that can become really annoying after standing over a bin for 15 minutes.
To put it 'Bluntly' go pick up a pack today! .. Write on! (Pun not intended)