|Item Weight||5 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.3 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches|
|Item model number||FC119065|
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Faber-Castell 9000 Graphite Sketch Pencil Sets Art 8B - 2H set of 12
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- Set of 12
- Ideal for drawing students - artists and designers
- Superior leads made of finely ground graphite and clay
- Pure - premium quality pencils are smooth - never scratchy
- Set provides an ideal range of 12 different degrees of hardness
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|Item Dimensions||4.13 x 7.28 x 0.47 in||0.39 x 2.05 x 7.09 in||0.5 x 7.7 x 7.7 in||0.47 x 7.44 x 4.41 in||0.43 x 5.87 x 7.24 in||0.55 x 7.8 x 4.65 in|
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Pencils of poor and average quality often render and feel much the same from one degree to the next. That is, one can often fail to distinguish any difference between a 9B, 8B, 7B, or 6B. Only the best of pencils manage to render properly at every grade across an entire range.
The harder grades of poor and average quality pencils will be unbearable to work with. Specifically, their leads will contain a sandy grit that interferes with the pencil’s movement across paper. Cheap pencils feel “scratchy” and can damage the drawing surface. Cheap pencils often leave unintended marks on the paper because of improperly processed sand in the clay mixture.
Fortunately, Castell 9000 pencils are of the highest quality. As a professional artist, I can recommend them with confidence. They will not disappoint. I cannot go so far as to suggest these are the best pencils on Earth, because I’ve not tested every reputable brand, but I can say they are certainly among the best lines available.
As I do with every brand I buy, I tested the 12 pencil set at heavy, moderate, light and very light pressures to measure performance across as wide a range of practical application as possible. I use a soft paper with moderate tooth to expose the character of the graphite as clearly as possible under slight magnification.
The Castell 9000 pencils are graphite pencils; as such, they exhibit the same graphite shine as every other graphite pencil, regardless of quality. Such is the nature of the beast.
Moving from 8B to 7B, one notices a distinct shift in the feel of the pencil on paper. The 7B feels smoother; the 8B has more grab, leaving more graphite behind. It is uncommon to actually feel any difference between two consecutive pencils in the darkest grades. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well Faber-Castell has managed it. The 8B is a very soft pencil.
Every step from 7B through 4B was equally measured, but what one notices it that soft pencils can behave unexpectedly as pressure is varied. That is, soft pencils render most consistently with heavy pressure. With a lighter touch, they may display surprising characteristics. With light pressure, an 8B will show the tooth of a paper more than a 7B. With moderate pressure, a 5B may fill more of the paper than a 6B, offering the initial impression that 5B is darker than 6B, until one realizes the marks left by the 6B are actually darker, but there are fewer of them, owing to the paper’s tooth. These subtle variations explain why one grade of pencil might blend easier than the next. Again, soft pencils render most consistently with heavy pressure; after all, they are intended to produce dark values. The Castell 9000 pencils are extremely well measured across the darker range of 8B to 3B.
The 3B pencil feels markedly different than the 4B at moderate pressure. The value is lighter, but graphite distributes across the paper surface more evenly. The 3B is a profoundly wonderful pencil.
Moving from 2B to B to HB, one finds the B grade slightly farther from 2B and closer to HB than expected. This is evident at all pressures and is the only point at which the set seems less than perfect.
From F through 2H, the pencils exhibit clockwork progression in value. The 2H can render the lightest of values. Harder pencils, the 3H to 6H, may be necessary on extremely smooth papers, but most artists are going to be entirely content with just the 12 pencil set. The 2H exhibits none of the scratchiness found in lesser pencil lines. I have not yet had an opportunity to test the Castell pencils above 2H.
There are other brands that may interest serious artists. Staedtler Mars Lumograph feature especially dark 8B and 7B pencils devoid of graphite shine, although the overall quality of the brand is slightly less than that of the Faber-Castells. Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils are available in an astounding 10B to 10H range and are at least equal if not superior to the Castells—but they are more expensive. Caran d’Ache Grafwood, Derwent Graphic, Koh-i-Noor Toison d’Or, Lyra Rembrandt Art Design, Tombow Mono, and the Blick Studio Drawing Pencils are all highly regarded, well-respected pencil lines.
The best graphite pencils are of sufficient quality that professional artists can use them all equally well. Good pencils make drawing easier, but will not make anyone a better artist. That said, the Castell 9000 Art Set is a fantastic product. The 12 pencil set represents everything most artists will ever need. They are affordable, portable, and markedly handsome.