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This excellent quality, rich, black charcoal blends smoothly and is free of hard spots. Non-toxic.
Individual sticks measure 2-3/4" × 7/16" square (70 mm × 11 mm).
® Alphacolor is a registered trademark.
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(based on 18 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Reviewed by 18 customers
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Nearly Ruined my Work
Comments about Alphacolor Quartet Char-Kole Squares:
I have been an avid charcoal artist for nearly 20 years now. In recent years I have used Kohinoor. However I ran out last week and I bought some alphacolor. Unfortunately I used the alphacolor during a live art demonstration on Periscope. It is not black and there is no layering it for depth. It only creates one flat gray color no matter how much you layer and erase. I was mortified as I watched my viewers drop like flies. This isn't charcoal, not is it a pastel. Its pretty much rubbish.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that this charcoal was not of the quality you expected, and we'd like to help. Please look for an email from a member of our Customer Care Team who will be following up to assist you.
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Not Black!!!!! warning
Total waste of money!!!!! In the past , it was black and was my favorite standard. Last order, it was grey! completely unusable. I actually thought I had miss ordered a grey product but now see others write the same. Even paid international shipping. Don'T do it!!!
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that the reformulated version of this charcoal isn't satisfactory, and we'd like to help. Please call 1-309-343-6181 x5405 to speak to one of our Customer Care Agents.
not good as it was
from Las Vegas
The worst Char-Kole I have ever bought, it is hard and sticky on paper. I could not use finger smill to get skin tone. I am regrade bought 12 piece 5 boxes too much for save shipping cost. dont know when will use them over.
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that this charcoal isn't working well for you. One of our Customer Care Agents will be reaching out so we can work with you to address this.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By ana alejandra
from alamos sonora, MEX
I love it, it's great
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Not for me for my daughter
I bought it for my daughter who is away at college.
from valdosta ga
Great quality for drawing!
(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from South Carolina
Delivery is on time or before due date, thanks Ricky Monroe
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
close but not right.
from Springfield, TN
I want to say great things but sadly I can not. Unfortunately this charcoal is not black, it's dark gray and unusable for my drawing class. Unfortunately this is a manufacturing issue, even the sets on campus are just a dark gray. However Dick Blick has been a great company to order from.
Merchant response: If you ever receive a product that does not meet your expectation, give our Customer Care team a call at 1-800-723-2787. We are happy to see if there is any way we can help.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Poor quality product, and misleading
from San Francisco
This product does not compare to extra soft, compressed charcoal, but the packaging, and this online ad would have you believe that it's extra soft compressed charcoal. Don't be fooled. It claims to be a pastel, but it's not that either. It's simply a poor quality, mysterious chemical creation.
Merchant response: We are sorry that this product did not work out for you. A member of our Customer Care team will be in touch to see if we can help you with a return or exchange.
from Lake Charles, Louisiana
I am an Art Professor and have been teaching for 27 years. Since 1987 I have used this product extensively with my own work as well as having my students use it. I was greatly disappointed to see that the charcoal quality changed to a much lesser level. The depth and feel are awful. I had our bookstore send back every box of this charcoal back to the distributor. I am now hunting for a comparable product and one that I can recommend to my students with confidence.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that these did not meet your expectations. A member of our Product Information team will be contacting you with an alternative product to consider.
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