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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget about the price tag......, 21 May 2013
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This review is from: Faber-Castell Polychromos Colour Pencils Tin Of 36 (Office Product)
.....see it as an investment!

This is a quality tin of 36 'Polychromos' (many colours) Colour Pencils of 'Finest Artists Quality'.
The robust, hinged, dark green tin measures around 32.5 cm x 19 cm x 1 cm when closed.

Each coloured pencil has 'FABER-CASTELL' embossment along with 'Germany/Polychromos', the colour name and its unique code & 'SV'.
They are rounded barrel and completely smooth. They are easy to sharpen (and you can get a reasonably fine point) without losing half the pencil in the process of doing so, if my experience is anything to go by.

From the base of the tin
FEATURES:

1. Soft vibrant colour laydown
2. Thick oil-based lead, water-resistant & smudgeproof
3. High quality pigments in bright colours, unsurpassably lightfast and acid free
4. Lead SV bonded to prevent breakage
5. Artists' colour pencils with thick lead 3.8 mm

The 36 colours in this tin are:

* Code 101 : WHITE
* Code 102 : CREAM
* Code 104 : LIGHT YELLOW GLAZE
* Code 107 : CADMIUM YELLOW
* Code 109 : DARK CHROME YELLOW
* Code 111 : CADMIUM ORANGE
* Code 115 : DARK CADMIUM ORANGE
* Code 121 : PALE GERANIUM LAKE
* Code 219 : DEEP SCARLET RED
* Code 217 : MIDDLE CADMIUM RED
* Code 225 : DARK RED
* Code 124 : ROSE CARMINE
* Code 125 : MIDDLE PURPLE PINK
* Code 249 : MAUVE
* Code 133 : MAGENTA
* Code 157 : DARK INDIGO
* Code 151 : HELIOBLUE-REDDISH
* Code 120 : ULTRAMARINE
* Code 140 : LIGHT ULTRAMARINE
* Code 110 : PHTHALO BLUE
* Code 153 : COBALT TURQUOISE
* Code 156 : COBALT GREEN
* Code 264 : DARK PHTHALO GREEN
* Code 163 : EMERALD GREEN
* Code 171 : LIGHT GREEN
* Code 112 : LEAF GREEN
* Code 168 : EARTH GREEN YELLOWISH
* Code 191 : POMPEIAN RED
* Code 190 : VENETIAN RED
* Code 187 : BURNT OCHRE
* Code 184 : DARK NAPLES OCHRE
* Code 180 : RAW UMBER
* Code 177 : WALNUT BROWN
* Code 271 : WARM GREY II
* Code 274 : WARM GREY V
* Code 199 : BLACK

The tin comes complete with a little leaflet which lists all 120 available colours to dream about (in my case) along with some useful tips such as:

* Use of different materials:
Polychromos artist's pencils adhere to many relatively rough surfaces such as paper, cardboard, wood, stone, leather or metal.

* Dense colour
Hold the pencil vertical and press hard to give areas of intense colour.

* Light to dark
Light colours are translucent, dark colours opaque. One colour on top of another increases the intensity and brings the colours to life.......

Also currently available in other sizes:

* 12
* 24
* 60

And you can always add to or create your own collection according to your crafty talent, 'by the pencil', as a lot of the colours are available singly, e.g.:

* MEDIUM FLESH
* LIGHT FLESH
* SANGUINE
* DARK NAPLES OCHRE
* BURNT UMBER

OMG! Nostalgia, again......I must be getting old! That last colour reminds me of a seriously large paint box my Grandmother let me use an equally serious number of years ago!

Some further research confirms my memory does serve me well! A bit of history:

'1908 - Polychromos artists' colour pencils
Shortly after the Castell pencils, a further successful product came on the market: "Polychromos". From the start, they were available in 60 different hues, carefully matched to standard watercolour paints. Within a few years these pencils were familiar to artists as a top-quality product - their leading position remains unchallenged to this day.'

I couldn't agree more - my only regret is that I could not justify the price tag of the super set of 120, even on half price, but for the serious artist this can represent less than a pound a pencil, which isn't too bad for the best tools for the trade, I guess?
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2015 17:16:43 GMT
Pinkerton says:
Thank you taking the time to put on photo's, they were really helpful. I wish everyone did reviews as detailed as your's. It really helped me to make a decision.
Thanks again :-)

Posted on 17 Apr 2016 15:46:58 BDT
Many thanks for listing all the colours, a great help!
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