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Create bold strokes like a graphite stick, with the clean control of a mechanical pencil. These extra-thick leads are designed for use in the Cretacolor Lead Holder.
Each sharpened stick measures 4-5/8" (12 cm) long and 7/32" (5.6 mm) in diameter. Each box contains six of one lead type.
Made in Austria.
Assorted Colors, Box of 6
This set contains one each of While Chalk, Sanguine (oil), Black Compressed Charcoal (medium), Graphite 4B, Sepia Dark, and Sepia Light.
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® Cretacolor is a registered trademark.
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from Richfield, MN 55423
Comments about Cretacolor Leads:
I only use the graphite and medium charcoal. They last a good long time and work well for large shading and sharpening for fine lines. They hold their point well if rotated during use. Only problem I have is that the 6b is only available on line.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Kelly O
When used with the lead holder, these are a terrific tool for precise line making.
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from San Ramon, CA
Used with the holders (plastic or wood/metal) these graphite sticks are a delight. The differences in hardness/softness are consistent. Great for large or small work. I use these for teaching drawing to students of all abilities.
By Mixed media Lynn
First time I've ever used a charcoal holder. Like it for reducing the mess, but then of course I smush it with my fingers so get messy anyway. Still am using it and enjoying.
Don't judge a book by its cover I would write them.
lead is OK
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Bought for sketching in color other than regular graphite grey. Also looking for white for value/contrast. Wish I could get a set of just one color / type though.
Great media for drawing
By Artist Bill
I keep a supply of these leads to offer my drawing students to try. Great results with the right papers.
They go well with the wooden holder
from Frostburg, MD
I ordered the wooden holder and these leads to try. Now I use them all the time Great value.
Fantastic, flexible and perfect for on site sketching
from metro DC
My daughter brought me back a beautiful pencil lead holder when she went to Italy, along with 2 extra leads, all graphite. This took me only far enough to fall in love with them.The Cretacolor leads were not only the answer, but the answer with a wonderful range of mediums! Buy 2-3 lead holders and a box or two of the multi color leads for a powerful and flexible sketching toolbox. Once you know which ones you like best, it's a great boon that you can get whole boxes of just the ones you like!You can tuck the leads inside the holders (I like the feel of the wood one) while traveling, plus "switch out" different leads super quickly. I keep 2 holders and ALL the range of leads in one small metal tin by Caran, along with a 2mm mech pencil holder for detail work. You can fit a LOT of materials into a small carrying case using this approach.The leads fit into regular sized sharpeners, and I keep a sandpaper pad for when I want a really long shape for toning.
from Somewhere in the Lands of Mary
Cretacolor Leads are the only leads one can buy that fill a 5.6mm lead holder. I really do not like when I have to sharpen pencils and they get smaller and smaller, the weight changes too dramatically and the leads feel thin and narrow by comparison to using a lead holder. As such, these leads fill a very small hole that none other can fill, keeping my hands clean while allowing me a range of wonderful smooth colors that apply consistently and beautifully. If you are looking for colored leads for your lead holder these are the best value one can ever find, I have done hundreds of drawings with these leads over the years and will buy them again year after year.
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