Faber Castell Polychromos Color Pencil Set - Tin of 120
- High quality pigments of unsurpassed light-fastness and brilliance
- Smudge-proof and water-resistant think oil pastel lead
- Break-resistant due to SV bonding
- Part of Faber Castell's unique color matching system
- 120 colors in metal case
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Faber Castell Polychromos Pencil Set of all 120 colors in a tin box. They are made with superior pigments of unsurpassed light-fastness and brilliance. Thick leads are smudgeproof and water-resistant. Intense colors go on smoother than the average color pencil.
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Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils - 120 Colors
Break Resistant Leads
Secural bonding process (SV) strengthens leads to resist breakage, while providing sharp fine lines and excellent point retention.
- Thick 3.8 mm leads
- Permanent color
Faber-Castell Polychromos Artists' Color Pencils
Polychromos artists' pencils are valued internationally by professionals and semi-professionals for their unsurpassed quality. The high quality standards of the Polychromos colored pencils shine through, whether they are used for graphics, artistic free style or for the exact rendition of plans.
- Soft, vibrant color laydown
- Water-resistant and smudgeproof
- Break-resistant (SV bonded) leads
- High-quality acid-free pigments in bright colors
- Unsurpassed lightfastness (resistance to fading)
- Easily blended
- Made in Germany
Vibrant, Easy to Blend Colors
Buttery smooth color laydown. Polychromos Pencils an be easily blended for layered effects, highlights and transitions
Polychromos Color Pencils have an oil-based technology lead for blending smoothly without the concern of waxy bloom that results with-wax based color pencils.
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I have a set of Prismacolor premium pencils that I love but I wanted to diversify my colors. After TONS of research I decided to save up for this 120 piece set. Like Prismacolor, they have deep saturating color. The difference is it takes much less pressure to achieve that saturation. They are soft and easy to color with but they are also harder...It's hard to explain. Less color comes off the pencil but it is just as deep as Prismacolor. They will last longer because of this. No more sore fingers! The leads spread color like butter but doesn't disintegrate doing it. They feel smooth and stable gliding across your paper not dry and scratchy or rubbery and sticky. They also keep a nice point. They do not cover up black outlines with a cloudy waxy build up. They can be sharpened with a regular pencil sharpener although they are slightly thicker than my other colored pencils from other brands. They have a more substantial feel in your hand. If I find myself using another brand for a while and coming back to these, I immediately can feel the more dense and solid feel of them. They also come in a beautiful tin box with nice, solid, stable dividing trays. I thought nothing could get better than prismacolor, but these Polychromos do. I'll be using both sets together. They do mix well but the palette are different so you add more to your pallet.
Another feature I appreciate is that, if you make a mistake, you can easily cancel the line in a second with a soft eraser.
The variety of colors is excellent, and the shades are rich and very easy to match.
If you are not sure... Trust me: get these pencils, and you will never regret it.
I have been a hardcore Prismacolor fan from 2001 onward, and their quality has gone extremely downhill. Originally Prismas were made by Sanford which then became bought out by Rubbermaid-Newell. Their products are now consistently off-center (making sharpening hell- you repetitively lose segments of leads which can then only be used by fingertip and friction action), the leads are brittle, they only take 4-6 layers with extreme pressure which makes their colors harder if not nigh-impossible to blend smoothly (and the colorless blender is a joke- picks up colors, etc), and the wax bloom is *ridiculous*, which- if you're sharing your work online- makes decent scanning somewhat troublesome despite excellent DPI. (That's a whole other side topic.)
I just got this set of Polychromos for Christmas as a gift, and I'm not looking back at Prisma.
Polychromos (Let's call 'em FC for short after the company name) are awesome. There's a really insignificant amount of bloom, but it's an oil base so this really isn't an issue. The laydown is even more buttery than Prisma. They are softer due to the oil-base, and the colors are very rich.
Quirks I discovered were the names. I'm coming from a Prisma background so to me, "Pompeian Red" is "Salmon", and "Mauve" is actually their very rich purple hue- which to my former mindset is usually that pale pink/lavender mixup color. So the names will take some getting used to since they're more in line with "painterly" names such as Pthalo Blue, Hooker's Green, etc. So that at least will benefit you if you come from a painting experience. (I do also so it's at least semifamiliar, but still something to get used to).
It says something when I have six of the same colored pencil by Prisma and they're all in various states of use/disrepair/broken- and the money behind that does add up. It's frustrating to say the very least, and although that company accommodated my needs by fixing the issue every time (which was often!!) I had flawed items that were interfering with my professional work, honestly just go for the FCs- they're a lot higher quality, plus the leads are bonded and securely centered as well as 3.8mm thick- thicker than say, Crayola (*gag*) colored pencil, so you're getting more product for the money and less wood (which, let's face it: is just a disposable casing). Same amount as per Prismas, but with much less breakage/sharpening issues.
To clarify: Someone called Geri B. in the Q&A says that FC don't glue their polychromos pencils. From their own website: " SV Bonding is a process of gluing the full length of the lead to the wood casing of the pencil. This strengthens the lead and prevents breakage which allows for better sharpening, and produces a fine point. SV Bonding is a Faber-Castell trademark. "
They're 45c more expensive per pencil than Prismacolors (1.74 vs 1.29 as of this writing) on dickblick.com for replenishment. But considering on average I've lost at least 5 5mm-long leads per pencil (yep: terrible!), that translates to something like a half inch or more lost. One pencil is 7 inches brand new and sharpened, ie almost 178mm. After breakage, you're paying $1.29 for 153 mm (or less than 158 depending on number of breaks), and you're losing 18c per pencil. Some are outright unusable and splinter. Polychromos are the same length. .009c vs .003c; less than a penny either way, but those pennies do definitely add up- and the bottom line even after doing the numbers for the heck of it is- that you're losing product and money every time a Prismacolor pencil busts or fails to perform. I'm totally not a penny pincher. I'm providing this as a breakdown moneywise for the innately curious. And people should NOT have to pay for items to break repeatedly. Prisma tried to address this issue by making pastel-like colored pencil sticks with no lead, as long rectangles- this didn't fix the issue as they're too unwieldy for detailed use; that's a side rant.
-FC are not too much more expensive per pencil than Prismas (buy 10 of each; spend only $4.50 more for world-class quality)
-Oil vs wax-based: better blending
-VIVID colors, yet not overwhelmingly bad
-Traditional style naming conventions as a throwback to the formal pigmentation for artistic references
-More realistic results (google up some of the prisma vs polychromos showdowns on Youtube- the video with the grapes painting is what I'm referencing here in particular)
-Haven't seen any yet, will update this review if I do