This year of global pandemic has not been easy on most people. All things considered, I’ve had it pretty easy, as I did not lose my job, my family is healthy and generally speaking, I enjoy being by myself. Like a lot of people, however, I suddenly found myself with quite a bit more time on my hands, so I rediscovered a hobby I had many years ago: coloring!
I used to use Prismacolor pencils when I was a kid, however those are now dreadfully expensive, and I’m no artist. Thankfully, Costco came to the rescue once again, with the Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils set, which I got for the excellent price of $9.99.
The first thing I really appreciate about the Staedtler colored pencils from Costco is how easy they are to sharpen; if you are using a halfway decent sharpener, they are just buttery smooth to sharpen. This contrasts quite vividly with my little girl’s Crayola-brand pencils, which are more akin to sharpening a rough stick, with the lead in the pencil breaking off 75% of the time, if not more.
Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils : Packaging
These gorgeous colored pencils from Staedtler come in an attractive metal case. Inside are three trays of 24 pencils, arranged by colors. It’s probably difficult to keep the pencils like that, but still it looks great!
The metal box can certainly be used to keep your pencils and other supplies you may need, such as a sharpener.
It is easy to achieve a sharp point with the Staedtler colored pencils, with almost no instances of the lead breaking off while sharpening. This is one of the most annoying things ever.
In terms of the quality of the color itself, I am quite pleased although by no means am I an expert. The colors are smooth and easy to blend, exactly what it says on the box. My style of drawing, however, does not require blending colors. What I really appreciate is the brilliance of the color, and the ability to achieve and maintain a sharp point, and this I get in droves. The pencils glide softly on the paper and offer excellent coverage.
Staedtler 72 Colored Pencils : Pricing
When it comes to pricing, these are from Costco, so what do you expect! You get 72 colored pencils and the metal case in which to store them for the measly price of $9.99, Canadian dollars, plus taxes. This translates to less than 14 cents per pencil. As a quick reference, a quick search on Amazon reveals that Prismacolor Premier pencils retail for over $1 each. Sometimes significantly more.
Now I know that the Prismacolor pencils are far superior, fair enough, but I’m coloring here. I’m not an artist and these Staedtler pencils are more than sufficient for my need; I dare say that this would be the case for most people.
As a note, even though Staedtler is a German company, and some of their products are actually made in Germany, this is not the case with these pencils, which are produced in China. That country is well known for making garbage, which we unfortunately purchase in droves. In this case, however, someone did proper supplier research, and these pencils are well worth the money.
Writing about these beautiful pencils is quite different from the snacks and junk food I usually review. I am trying to stop eating junk food before bed, maybe doing something else. Coloring would be a good idea!
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