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Prismacolor Premier Ebony Graphite Sketching Pencil, Jet Black, Extra Smooth, Dozen - 14420

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  • These pencils are specifically designed for sketching, portrait and figure drawing, and illustrations and make fine line work stand out.
  • Large core diameter provides extra-smooth, jet black lines for sketches and roughs that are easily blendable.
  • Their versatile nature makes them a pencil every artist should have in their arsenal.
  • Made of the finest-quality graphite.
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Prismacolor Premier Ebony Graphite Sketching Pencil, Soft Black Matte, 12-Pack (14420). These pencils are specifically designed for sketching, portrait and figure drawing, and illustrations and make fine line work stand out. Large core diameter provides extra-smooth, jet black lines for sketches and roughs that are easily blendable. Their versatile nature makes them a pencil every artist should have in their arsenal. Made of the finest-quality graphite.

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Technical Details

Brand Name Prismacolor
Item Weight 2.7 ounces
Product Dimensions 7.3 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
Item model number 14420
Color Ebony
Pencil Lead Degree (Hardness) Soft
Material Type graphite
Number of Items 1
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Manufacturer Part Number SAN14420

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ASIN B00006RVSK
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4.6 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5,895 in Office Products (See top 100)
#78 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing > Drawing > Drawing Media > Pencils
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available January 1, 2007

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I will agree that these pencils are not 'Jet Black', even when used to layer and layer until the darkest tone can be achieved. I would call 'jet black' a 2B charcoal pencil (that's my comparison).

However, having never used Ebony pencils before, I do like them and enjoy the varied strokes and layering you can do with them. I suggest starting out first using them very lightly then as you need to, build up the depth and tone. They are difficult to completely erase once the tone is quite dark/heavy on your paper.

I used them on Bristol paper and the combination of the smoothness of the paper and pencil gave for a lovely, rich working partnership. The pencils glided and were easy to 'manipulate' to the strokes and texture I wanted. They sharpen very nicley and I found working with them using the sharpest point possible was my preferred use. They do tend to smudge but this can be solved by placing a sheet of tracing paper under your working hand (I use tracing paper, as so I can still see what I have done/where I am upto etc.). A light fixative on the finished work will help the pencil not to smudge as it is being handled by the framer.

I would recommend these to any artist who enjoys drawing/sketching. I am an artist of 16 years now but only found out about Ebony pencils in January 2011! For quick sketching or more detailed work, you can achieve the lightest of tones and values with them (use your kneaded eraser to gently lift off pencil) or a dark enough tone/value, within the limits of the one pencil. You could combine a charcoal pencil to achieve 'jet black' tones/values, if you wished and they can be used on multiple surfaces with interesting effects.
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These ebony pencils are wonderful. The color of the lead looks the same as the color of the external body in the image. They sharpened well and without breakage. I sharpened four of the pencils with different sharpeners: electric and three different handhelds. They all resulted in clean, crisp points.

Using various pressure I can create a wonderful array of shades from light grey to a rich, bold black. I added images (look on the product page just above the right side column of Reviews) to show a comparison of the rich black versus the black of the Pigma Micron Pen as well as various shading applied on sketch paper.

The box came with 12 pencils all in new and unbroken conditions. I have had nothing but a wonderful experience with these. I sent a box to a friend of mine and he loves them too!

I highly recommend these graphite pencils.
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This pencil used to be great! I got another when I lost my first but now whenever I sharpen it the wood splinters and the lead breaks off. I'm using an art pencil sharpener, but no matter what I do I can never get it to have a decent point without it breaking. I'm not sure if it is just that particular pencil, but my other worked perfectly. I'm very disappointed in this pencil with its inconsistency.
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By Otaku6996 on November 9, 2012
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HELPFUL TIP FOR BUYER!:

When sharpening, make sure you use the BIG HOLE in the sharpener your using. It helps MUCH more.
But it will keep chipping off if you use the tiny hole!

THIS IS A AWESOME SKETCH PENCIL THAT MAKES ME HAPPY ALL DAY :D " in the future a lot further than you could imagine "
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These are not at all jet black. They are around a 6B and have a metallic shine. They're nice and soft but if you are expecting black you will be disappointed. So far the 8B from Staedtler is the closest one to black that I have tried.
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These pencils are not jet black, but they are nice to draw with. If the coloring of them were more important to me, I might give them a lower rating, but I don't, and they have lots of other nice qualities-

The range of values, line weights and textures that you can get with these is pretty wide. The leads are smooth just like it says, and they don't have the impurities that I notice some other soft led pencils I've used have. So, if I'm drawing with these, I won't have something stupid like a random piece of hard 'something' randomly deciding to scratch and impale my paper.

As someone who uses mechanical pencils a lot, these were an interesting change for me. I feel like the thickness of the lead helped me to be more 'decisive' and bold with my drawings. When I draw with a thin pencil lead, I kind of can't help but feather my lines a whole lot to give them substance. I feel kind of silly for not realizing until now that a more versatile pencil like this would help with these problems, but it does. So, I even though these are not jet black, I like them very much.
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Hi,I bought these pencils in early August. They arived in good shape no damage. The pencils won't get as black as a magic marker but they are graphite and can be blended and or erased. I draw animals, mostly birds and cats and dogs. That being said I use them a whole lot. These pencils are easy to draw with and blend well. However they are very soft and buttery and will wear down fast, so you might want to order 2 dozen. Besides there priced nice, I just ordered another dozen. I say great pencil great price. scott syracuse ny
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