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Handmade in small batches with rich, organic blacks to achieve intense drawing tones and values, Primo is a creamy, rich, premium charcoal drawing formula that can be used alone, or in combination with other charcoal, graphite, pastels, or mixed media. Primo pencils can also be used for quick layouts in oil painting.
All Primo pencils are made in the U.S.A. using the highest-quality sustained-yield cedar to ensure smooth sharpening and strength.
Charcoal Pencil Deluxe Set
This deluxe set contains a unique collection of premium charcoal drawing pencils and compressed charcoal sticks that includes the new Primo Elite Grande Pencil. The set includes the following materials:
Charcoal Pencil Set
This six-piece set includes the following materials:
Primo Elite Grande
Handcrafted with rich, organic blacks to achieve intense drawing tones and values, the General's Primo Elite Grande Charcoal Pencil has a unique and creamy formula. These extra soft pencils have a jumbo core encased in a matte black barrel.
® General's is a registered trademark of the General Pencil Company.® Factis, and All-Art are registered trademarks. ™ Primo, Primo Elite, Euro Blend, Magic Black, and Little Red are trademarks.
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These are GREAT charcoal pencils
By Mark T
Comments about General's Primo Euro Charcoal Pencils and Sets:
I can get really rich darks with just the HB alone when compared to a regular General's HB or 2B charcoal pencil. They also blend really well. Just using the HB and 3B alone, I can create amazing contrasts and variations in shade and tone.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Very dark and rich blacks!
Discovered these pencils through experimentation about four years ago and I've been using them ever since in most of my long drawings. They are FAR darker in their values than most other brands of the same grade. The B pencil alone can create some of the most amazing range of values simply by changing the amount of pressure on the pencil.ONLY ONE CAVEAT: I DO NOT RECOMMEND USING AN ELECTRIC OR MECHANICAL sharpener on these pencils. Their charcoal shafts are a bit delicate and I can make the pencil last to its fullest when sharpening by hand using a blade and sandpaper.
I hope I never run out of these!
By Denise Kline Fine Art
much smoother than many brands I've tried
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great pencils to get the darkest rich values for your drawings
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
kGeneral's Primo the best!!
from The Oilfields of West Texas
When you need that super smooth, super dark pencil , reach for the Primo Elite Grande organic Black #5000 pencil! You may think your drawing is okay...but a few strokes in the dark areas with this pencil will give it that final touch that makes all the difference!
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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
One of the very best charcoal pencils
from Los Ageles
I feel complelled to write a review just to counterveil and balance out the two one-star reviews. I'll just note in passing that anyone who doesn't know that *any* charcoal pencil must be sharpend by hand is necessarily new to the muedium.Now, to the product itself. There isn't a *whole* lot of variation in quality among charcoal pencils, but there's enough that one might prefer, even strongly, one brand to another. What sets these apart is that the charcoal appears to be ground very finely, which makes it less "flakey" and opitimizes smudgability. If you want that smoky (sfumato) effect that you can get by blending and rubbing with your fingers and/or a stump, these are just right in my estimation. They're in that sweet spot between too hard and waxy, and too dusty. (Faber Castell's Pitt pencils are also very good.)Anyway, if you don't like these I doubt charcoal is for you.
(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
from USA, PA
I have bought more than 4 different batches of B and 3B of these pencils. I have two industrial grade electric sharpeners and long story short; I cannot get a sharp tip without breaking them at least 3-4 times. Especially the 3B pencil is totally unusable. If anyone here knows of any sharpener that can sharpen these without breaking please let me know. I've wasted so much money on these pencils thinking I had received bad batches and kept buying more. They are very dark and rich if you can sharpen them. For me, I stick to the regular General's.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: At Blick we always attempt to provide the best information possible to our customers. In this case, we would advise that Electric Sharpeners are not recommended for the PRIMO and other General’s fine art charcoal or pastel pencils. Instead, General’s recommends the Little Red All-Art sharpener (Blick Item #21424-1010) as the preferred sharpener for PRIMO and other soft cored pencils such as Charcoal and Pastels. If you ever have specific questions regarding our products or how to use them, please contact our Product Information Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 933-2542. Our product specialists will be happy to help you with questions about art materials, product applications, and techniques.
(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
i threw them in my old paint water.
from Dallas Tx
Long story short, they are awesome if you like wasting your time. I wasted more then half of the pencils in sharping them (in less than 5 minutes) the led keeps breaking in the sharpener, so I switched sharpeners and they just kept breaking. I might have got a defected batch but I doubt i'll be buying them again.
Merchant response: We apologize for the issues you encountered with this product. If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund. We ask that you contact our Customer Care Center at 800-723-2787 within 30 days so that the exchange, refund, or credit transaction can be arranged to your satisfaction.
(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
Primo Elite Grande is Outstanding
The charcoal pencils are almost identical in darkness and softness to Ritmo charcoal pencils. They seem to have perhaps made this set to compete with them directly. There is a new pencil in the large set: Primo Elite Grande. This carbon pencil is outstanding. I did some side-by-side comparisons of standard Generals, Ritmo, Primo as well as Wolff's and Conte Carbons. The Elite Grande pencil is the darkest pencil out of all the above listed brands. It also has no shine or reflective quality. Very flat, pitch black. If you already use Ritmo, these charcoal pencils are no different. Except for that Elite Grande pencil. Unfortunately, Blick doesn't sell the Elite Grande Separately. It can be bought at other stores by itself, though. The three compressed sticks are different than General's standard Charcoal compressed sticks. The Primo HB is almost Identical to the General's 2B. The Primo B is essentially a 6B. The Primo 3B is softer than B, but about the same darkness as the General' 6B. The 4B in General's doesn't have a comparable stick in the Primo. Nice pencils.
(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Very good pencils
By Mary the Hobbyist
from Queens, NY
These charcoal pencils are quite nice. They are actually my first charcoals, but I really like them. Good controllability and deep black color. They're quite fun to use.
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