|Holbein colored pencil|
This a nice looking pencil, that reminds me a lot of the Polychromos from Faber-Castell. They are round, and the color is represented on the whole pencil. The lead is 3,8 mm. They are manufactured in Japan.
Holbein colored pencils is an oil-based pencil. They are quite translucent and they are not the softest pencils I have, neither the hardest. They are good quality pencils with no breaking or crumbling.
Holbein colored pencils are available in 150 colors. I own 100 of them and can therefore not say so much about the full color range. But I can say that of all the colored pencils I own and know this is (together with Prismacolor) one of the brands that offer a bit different colors. If you own a set already but want more colors this can be a brand to look into.
|Some color testing|
They have a wonderful soft white, that is the softest and most opaque white there is. They also offer a harder white. The set I have, includes a lot of pastel and light colors (which isn’t so common). It also includes gold, pale gold, silver and copper, as well as some neon colors.
The first color that I had to replace where, of course, the soft white.
The most beautiful
Of all the wooden boxes I own or have seen, this is the most beautiful and exclusive looking one. It really has a classic look with a drawer (two drawers if you buy the 150 set). The tray inside, that holds the pencils, is surprisingly cheap though; it is made of soft plastic.
|Holbein Artists´ Colored pencils wooden case|
If you live in Europe Holbein is only availably in sets. The smallest set is some different 12 sets and from that you can go up to the 150 set.
They have this very nice soft white (as I have mentioned), which is the softest and creamiest colored pencils I have ever hold in my hand, but you know a soft pencil like that will without a doubt run out first. And yet, Holbein chooses to only incorporate this pencil in there larger sets. If you need to buy a new one, you can only get it from the 50 set or above. The different 12 sets only include the other white. That is just wrong!
|One star, two stars and three stars lightfastness shown on the pencils|
When I got the 100 set I felt that hundred pencils is enough. Most brands don´t even have hundred colors. The problem with this set is that if you are only using the lightfast pencils (the tree stars, that they them self has marked as lightfast) you only have 51 to your disposal. 39 have two stars and 6 have one star (and the four luminous doesn’t have any star at all). The lightfastness rating is Holbeins own rating.
With the pencils follow also a so-called Meltz, which is basically paint thinner. I did a small testing and compared it to a Swedish brand called Färgriket (the product is called förtunning), the differences where quite huge. Meltz run out and didn't dissolve the pencil as well as the Förtuning from Färgriket did. However the meltz are lasting, you don't need much. Also, I want to point out that Holbein is the only company I know of that offer this kind of product.
|Holbein color pencil|
|Meltz vs. färgförtunning|
|Holbein colors chart one from the 100 set|
|Holbein colors chart two from the 100 set|
|Holbein colors chart three from the 100 set: the luminous, gold and grey´s|