General's is a well-known and trusted brand when it comes to drawing pencils and other supplies. The Drawing Class Essential Tools Kit comes with 13 pieces in total. They are as follows:
-Graphite Drawing Pencil, HB (#2)
-Graphite Drawing Pencil, 2B Medium
-Graphite Drawing Pencil, 4B Soft
-Layout, ebony-black, soft Drawing Pencil
-Charcoal Pencil, 4B Soft
-Charcoal Pencil, 6B Extra Soft
-Graphite Art Stick, 6B Extra Soft
-Compressed Charcoal Stick, 6B Extra Soft
-Sanguine Pastel Stick (Crayon)
-White Pastel Stick
-Willow (Vine) Charcoal Stick Medium
The pencils are very high quality in this set. I have purchased other pencil sets and found that the charcoal pencils, particularly the soft variety, tended to break easily and simply wouldn't sharpen. These are very well-made, and you can sharpen them easily without any breakage, which brings me to my next point: the sharpener in here is amazing. No matter what pencil I use -- whether it's from this set or something else -- if I use this sharpener, it will sharpen to an extremely fine point and never, ever break. I have not once experienced any breaking with this sharpener. Do you know how rare that is? Extremely!
The kneaded eraser in here is also very good. I find kneaded erasers in general work so much better than the rubber kind. They get rid of any trace of what it is you may have drawn, no matter how dark. It even erases the charcoal very well.
This set is excellent. It's great for beginners, or for anyone looking to get a bunch of supplies for a good price. You can't really go wrong here.
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