|Brand Name||Faber Castell|
|Item Weight||12 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches|
|Item model number||ART-0010|
|Manufacturer Part Number||380252|
Faber Castell Premium Color Pencils, 48 Colour
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- Rich colours with silky smooth colour laydown
- Hexagonal shape pencils for better grip
- High pigmented medium soft 3.3 mm leads with special (SV) bonding to prevent breakage
- With name space on each pencils
- Made of non-toxic materials. Safe for children
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Permanent colour pencils in a standard size and hexagonal shape. They feature vivid colours and a special bonding process to make them break resistant. The classic coloured pencils are available in up to 48 different colours.
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I picked these pencils up as a set I could use for my new Where’s Wally coloring book. Something I didn’t mind using up sharpening for small details and without much expectation of needing to do blending and shading. I wanted decent pigment, but didn’t have many expectations beyond that. I was actually rather surprised that they did as well as they did. Not as well as any of my artist grade pencils and not as well as my new Micador ColouRush pencils, but they still performed quite well. I decided to do a big comparison of 8 of my pencil brands – 4 Artist grade (Polychromos, Prismacolor, Derwent Artists and Lyra Polycolor) and 4 budget pencils (Micador, FC Classics, Marco Raffine and Fantasia). A la Peta, I used the 8 pointed mandala in one of my coloring books and divided into 8 sections choosing 9 fairly similar colors from each set. This way it was the same paper and at the same time so I could best compare how they handle blending and layering. So as I like to do on my pencil reviews I tried to analyze by the talking point generally used in evaluating pencils:
Pencil core is one of the harder ones in my comparison because most of the others have some oil in the binder, but definitely not scratchy or anything of that nature. Nice, solid pencil that can keep a sharp point.
The pigment load is very good – pretty much equal to the Micador’s so they did very well there. They do not have the smoothness to blend particularly well. You have to coax them along a bit, but they did OK.The Micador's still won that round on the budget pencil side.
I do like the color selection and the set has 48 colors which is a great size. Not as overwhelming as 72 can be when traveling with them, but they have enough over a 36 could to get me my favorite tones in the blue-green range.
No issues with sharpening so far though I haven’t had to use them enough to need to sharpen more than a couple of them because they keep a nice point.
Form – pencil shape/color/labeling:
The pencils are a basic hexagonal pencil with the color painted on them. Nothing fancy. The colors are numbered rather than named which I don’t really like. I prefer the color name as it’s much easier to remember what color you just used by name rather than by number. The Micadors are the only budget ones with the color name.
Like most budget pencils, these just come in a box so I used a roll up pencil case I already had at home.
Because these pencils come only in sets, you cannot buy open stock replacements. Considering the price point for these pencils, however, I do not see this to be an issue.
I am pleased with these pencils overall. They are quite nice for a budget pencil and they are working great for my Wally coloring book. Nice, bright color and they are capable of blending and layering but they take a bit more work to do it. If I had to choose one, I'd go with my Micador pencils even with the smaller color range. Hence 4 stars rather than 5.
They lay down smooth even colors that are as bright or as light as you want (pressure on the pencil). The hexagonal shape makes them easier to use for longer times than the round pencils. The core does not break, at least I have not broken one yet.
Compared to Prismacolor Primer, they are bolder colors, lay down smother, and actually blend much better. (Possibly due to FC's use of veggie oil instead of wax?)
So far I've only used them with the Prismacolors to get the detail and wet fresh paint look quicker. So for those who know color pencils, this does in one pass what the Prismacolors does in 4 or 5. I've used them to get a color that I don't have in the Prisma set. They also have some interesting colors not common in other sets (gold, silver, copper). I think I will use the Prisma's as an underpainting and then lay these down on top for that finished look.
My only complaint is that there is a consistency problem. Some colors, notably the lighter ones, do not perform the same way the darker colors do. The light colors seem to be a much harder core. That means more passes.
Also 48 colors is fairly limited. (Not a complaint, just an observation for the serious artist.)
For the money I'm very happy with these and wish I had found them first.
Classic Colours have 48 @ $25
Veri-thin's only have 36 @ $26
Prismacolor Premiers are pricey.