Staedtler Colored Pencils

12-36 count pack

Wax core

Hexagonal barrel



Very Durable

Decent Price


Poor Blending

Not a Very Good Color Selection

Overall Dull Intensity

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Staedtler Colored Pencils Review

Coming in hexagonal offerings, Staedtler colored pencils are another budget pencil line that tries to adhere to the standards of some of the higher-end companies while still having an attractive price point.  By having a relatively hard wax core, these pencils are easy to sharpen and are quite durable, but many consider them to be “too” waxy and in a related complaint the color they put off can be considered quite dull.  Not a terrible choice for the price but you can still do better.  Come in sets of 12-36.

Visual appeal – 2/5

Since these are more oriented for beginners, they are much easier to work with.  This is partially through the inclusion of a quite hard wax core.  This allows for a person to apply a lot of pressure without fear of breaking the pencil and also helping to control color depth by essentially limiting it.  Unfortunately, they might have gone a bit too far.  The colors across the board are a bit dull, and this is especially noticeable in the darker colors.  Color choices are lacking, and even in the largest offering (36 pieces) a majority of the final twelve pencils are earth tones.  Combined, this definitely limits how versatile these are when it comes to picture ideas.  That being said, the colors the pencils try to represent do come out very similar so what you see is what you get (just perhaps a bit lighter than you would hope for).

Usability and durability – 3/5

These pencils are very durable, and the hard inners of them make them easy to sharpen as long as you have the proper artist sharpener (which is recommended for any pencil you get).  The hexagonal shafts feel good on the hand and will assist in drawing control.  As mentioned earlier, if you want to get a deep color on your work you need to be prepared to have to work it in with a lot of hand pressure.  This can increase the likelihood of the lead tip breaking so you need to find a happy medium.  There will also be a rather waxy aftermath.  This can play a part in blending ability, which these are only so-so at.

Packaging and Presentation – 3/5

These pencils come in a standard cardboard box.  It does a fine job of holding the pencils and providing adequate protection, but it isn’t something to get excited over.  The pencils’ outside is fully submerged in their respected color and the company name is printed in white.  However, there is no call out for the specific color on the pencil!  Seems like this should be a no-brainer.

Cost – 3/5

These are a great price in the budget range, which means you could get a set for not a lot of money.  However, you get what you pay for here.  Light color, average blending, waxy “feel”, etc. make these a hard sell even at their low price-point.  But for those on a tight budget, you may have to settle some.

Overall ranking – 2.5/5

A well-built pencil that will last you a while and is right at home really being pushed into the paper, but this is more out of necessity than design.  You could get by with these, especially as a casual hobbyist, but if you really want to explore the color wheel and experience some deeper colors shop around, even if it costs you a bit more.

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