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This fine pencil has a unique formula combining the smoothness of graphite with the deep rich blacks of charcoal. It lays down smooth, strong, jet-black lines for sketching, drawing, or layout.
Perfect when used alone, it can also be combined with charcoal or graphite for a variety of effects. Hardness 4B. Box of 12 pre-sharpened pencils.
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Softest of Any Brand
By Quality Control Paul
from Ballston Spa, NY
Comments about General's Carbon Sketch Pencil:
Although available only in one unspecified degree, General's carbon pencil is the softest of any brand I know of, including Lyra, Conte,and Wolff. Based on Wolff's softest designation , which is 6B, I would rate General's at 8B or 9B, so it occupies a niche all its own.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Wonderful new product
from Freeport, ME
The combination of graphite and charcoal in one tool creates many possibilities.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Try it you will love it.
from san antonio Tx
They are so soft almost creamy and so easy to varry dark to light, An artist friend of mine in Montana turned me on to them years ago and i've been using them ever since, Great product. Thank you
Good for detail when using charcoal
By Dave the charcoal guy :)
from Chicago Land
Some good some bad. it's hard to sharpen tends to break the point. I do like it for fine work on charcoal sketches but it doesn't completely erase leaving gray on drawing paper. It's better to have a few ready as the carbon can be brittle with a heavy hand. Nicely black however and reminds me of compressed charcoal with rich blacks. I'll keep them handy for, like I said before, details and fine line work.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
If you know how to use them~
from Norfolk, VA
If you know how to use them properly these are by far better than graphite and charcoal combined. Very easy to use, and they blend out beautifully.
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Thrilled with these pencils-
Great to get the depth of color required, blend well.Occasionally I have found a hard scratchy bit in the lead, but not a real hassle.
from Carbondale, CO
The General's Carbon Sketch No. 595 is a terrific 'pencil'. It offeres control and precision that you can rarely get when using typical charcoal sticks (and it's a ton less messy). The softness of it gives a nice expressive line quality but wears quickly and needs frequent sharpening. Buy a box of them so you can experiment and wear'm down to nothing. Enjoy.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
more like charcoal
from paterson, nj
I am using "carbon" pencils for rich black. They can be smooth like a graphite pencil. That is not the case here. Nice black tone but not so smooth. Rather dusty and smears.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
lovely rich blacks.
at this time, this is my very favorite pencil for deep, rich blacks. it is a carbon pencil, a graphite/charcoal mix, but this pencil falls very much on the charcoal end of that mixture. this pencil applies like a soft, dark, buttery charcoal. it is one of the blackest pencils i know, but unlike most soft all-charcoal pencils, it can actually survive repeated electric sharpening. it also applies over graphite more readily than regular charcoal. (applying charcoal or carbon atop graphite is best avoided and will never work especially well, but if you need to do it, this pencil will work better for it than most.) i have a few other carbon pencils lying around but they are all significantly inferior to the general's 595. it's hard to explain, but the consistency and feel of this pencil is just really great. they go fast though. it's a terrific product. (don't confuse it with the general's 555, though, which is different and much lighter.)
The Perfect Pencil for Kraft Paper
from Glendale, AZ
I've recently been drawing on kraft paper in my life drawing class and was searching for a nice dark pencil I could use to accent drawings done primarily in charcoal and conte. I tried charcoal pencils at first but wanted something a little stronger and these carbon pencils ended up being perfect, like they were invented for the surface.
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Primarily charcoal and conte, with carbon pencil
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