Unique shimmery look
Lack of colors
Not really “metallic”
Derwent Metallic Pencils Review
These are a unique offering from Derwent for those applications that require a metallic “touch”. These pencils can be purchased in singles all the way up to a 12-pack tin and the colors include choices such as silver, pewter, antique gold, and even pink and purple examples. They work best in applications involving a dark background as can really lay down some unique tones to a work. In addition, they are water soluble so this can really open up the blending and texture possibilities that are possible with these colored pencils. They have a wax core in one of Derwent’s standard 3.4mm offerings. The barrel is a 6.9mm hexagonal wood material.
Visual Appeal – 2/5
The colors offered are relatively dull and do not always match the color they are presenting. The yellows can appear more on the green side, for example. Due to the small selection size of colors available you might run into some issues if you decide to apply a metallic touch to more unique colors. Unfortunately, the metallic touch that they were going for isn’t really there. At best, you get a semi-shimmery sheen that it not that much different than a typical wax layer you get using many types of pencils. The brighter colors such as blue and purple somewhat approach this metallic ideal but overall the whole batch falls a bit short.
Usability and Durability – 3/5
As most Derwent pencils tend to be, these blend quite well, especially with the use of water in application. The core is relatively soft so putting it on the paper isn’t too burdensome. However, dealing with very fine details might take a bit of effort. The soft core and the metallic feature also can result in a somewhat flaky residue. The pencils are relatively easy to sharpen and do a decent job of avoiding breakage. The 3.4mm wax core should be able to hold up for quite some time. The hexagonal shape should assist in gripping.
Packaging and Presentation – 4/5
The pencils came in one of Derwent’s standard tin cases and overall are well-packaged and protected. The pencils themselves have a white outer body with color accents on the base. The brand, type, and color are also printed on the outside. It is simple yet effective.
Cost – 4/5
The prices tend to be in the budget range and can creep up into the mid-priced range. These are are on the lower end of what Derwents usually cost.
Overall Ranking – 3/5
While Derwent tends to put out good products, these honestly fall a bit short. The relative lack of color selection, color accuracy, and messy use could be overlooked. But the fact that these “metallic” colored pencils aren’t all that “metallic” really drove down the rating. They might be an OK choice for someone wanting to blend and take advantage of the unique shimmery film these produce but beyond that there are better options out there.