Koh-I-Noor 1500 pencils review


Today I'll share a short review of a product described as an "all time classic" and a must-try for every pencil fan :)

You'll find the 1500 Koh-I-Noor pencils on sites like Amazon etc.
They are not very expensive, a single pencil costs more or less $1.75.
Also available as sets of 12 and 24, packed in very aesthetic metal boxes.



These pencils are pre-sharpened and have a hexagonal shape. They are painted yellow and have gold details like the company's name.
There are 20 grades of softness.

This is a product I've been using for a very very long time, since the days I started learning how to draw :)
I created so many artworks using them - still life, animals, even cars, have a look at what effects can be achieved:

What I love about these pencils is their softness. I tried other brands' products (like Faber Castell green pencils - I find them a bit too hard) but I always got back to these Koh-I-Noor yellow pencils. The lead's width is fine for me, not too thin, not too wide. They sharpen very well, the wood is of a good quality. You can achieve dark, almost black shades, without using much effort (like pressing the lead very hard to the paper).

You can use easily the blending stump and pencil eraser like I did creating these works:

However, they have some cons like the softest grades tend to break a lot. Sometimes the whole lead inside is broken. They also can scratch the paper, this is because of the graphite.

Overall, I tested this product intensively over past few years. This is my first choice every time I want to draw something with graphite pencils.

*Some of the photos included in this review come from official Koh-I-Noor site. Some of them were taken by me. It is forbidden to copy this material (and images included in it) without the author's permission.