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This remarkably versatile drawing medium combines the rich blackness of a charcoal pencil with the smooth control of a graphite pencil.
Less abrasive than charcoal pencils, Ritmo Charcoal Drawing Pencils create intense lines and rich, dark tones, allowing unlimited freedom of expression.
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Unable to use, consistently broke with sharpening
By Claudio pictor
from San Francisco, CA
Comments about Art Alternatives Ritmo Charcoal Drawing Pencils:
I can't really review the quality of marks these pencils make because I could not successfully sharpen them, and consequently could not draw with them they way I like to draw. I tried to sharpen them, as I do with all my pencils, with a razor blade to shave off the wood to expose the drawing material, and then sharpen to a point with sandpaper. In the process of sharpening, the charcoal material constantly kept breaking, no matter how carefully and gently I treated them. I have been sharpening Staedler's graphite and General charcoal pencils successfully for years. But for some reason, the core of the Ritmos kept on breaking, pencil after pencil. As soon as I was about to expose the charcoal with my razor, *crack*. I tried to sharpen seven pencils one right after another, right down to the nub of each one, and was unsuccessful every time. Finally, I got disgusted and put the remainder aside. Maybe some other day I will have more success.The problem may not be with actual charcoal core per se - but I wonder if perhaps the pencils were dropped in the factory before they were shipped out. When you drop these pencils, there is a risk that the core charcoal shatters into small pieces, and I may have received those.So, the issue may really be about quality control rather than inferior materials. Unfortunately, when you buy charcoal pencils with a wooden casing, you never know if you are buying pencils that were mishandled and broken before they are shipped to the consumer. I wish there were some way to make sure the pencils are intact before shipping. This bad experience turns me off from buying any more Ritmos. It's a shame because it's probably a nice pencil - but it really has to stand up to sharpening for it to be of any use for me.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We apologize - it sounds as though the pencils you received were damaged. One of our Customer Care Representatives will follow up with you so we can address this.
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from SF Bay Area
This pencil (3B) does have its rich darkness. But it is broken often when sharpening. I have used two, one is half and another is one-third usable, Very frustrated and waste money. Bought seven.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that the pencils you received are defective. Our Customer Care team is here to help you with a return or exchange. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 1.800.723.2787 anytime that you are not completely satisfied with your purchase.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
No the old Ritmo
By Mo the Bro
from Olympia, WA
The old Ritmo pencil was one of a kind, and this new company just ruined it. This is just a copy of Primo pencil, overpriced and nothing more than a glorified General"s pencil. The quality was horrible, and the charcoal was broken at multiple placed from the inside, so there was no sharpening it with a razor or a sharpener. My suggestion to the manufacturer is to go back to the original recipe and have some quality control. I tried it multiple times.. always a disappointment, but NEVER again. I think that ART ALTERNATIVE , should find an alternative business than art if this is the quality that they are providing artists.
Merchant response: Thank you for sharing your feedback, we appreciate your honesty! We have passed your comments on to our Product Manager for review. If you would like any assistance selecting an alternative, please give our Product Information experts a call at 1.800.933.2542. We are happy to help you find another product to meet your needs.
Good, but nothing unusual
from Los Angeles
I was sorely tempted to give this product three stars instead of four just because of the overhype these pencils recieve, but that would be perhaps misleading because they *are* a top quality product -they're just no better or or even any different than competing products."...blacker than other charcoal penicils...more control..."Non-sense.I'm sory but this is nonsense.They're about on par with General's regular old orange label pencils, only frankly a little grittier and not as black. They handle a little differently, but not nearly enough that I have any clue which drawings I did with the one or the other.Again, if all you want is a standard well made charcoal pencil, these will do just fine. But what they emphatically are not is unique or unusual.If you want a "special purpose" charcoal pencil, I'd recommend trying Wolff's carbon, which holds a point better than graphite and is extremely pressure sensitive, or, at the other extreme, Derwent charcoal pencils, which handle almost like a pastel pencil and instead of being graded by hardness are graded light, medium, and dark.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
the darkest and smoothest out there
from richmond virginia
Hands down the darkest of all the charcoal pencils, Ritmos are a must for REALLY laying in the black areas. I use them in combination with the Derwent charcoal pencils which aren't nearly as dark, but are better for detail work. The Ritmos come in HB, B and 3b, however there isn't that much difference in darkness between them and so I usually go for the 'harder' of the three since the harder ones are easier to sharpen without breakage...
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Finest Charcoal Pencils Ever
By Zen Mountain
Smooth, not scratchy. There is actually a considerabl difference between the three pencils. In an electric sharpener they do not break but disappear quickly, They hold a good point, but using a small knife it's possible to nicely extend the length of the exposed charcoal. Has a very very nice texture on the paper.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Finest Dark Charcoal Pencil Ever Made
I use charcoal,graphite and carbon pencils with vine charcoal and Wolff's carbon sticks in a lot of drawings. The darkness, richness and smoothness of the Art Alternatives Ritmo Charcoal Pencils is unquestionably the very best!Other pencils require a little more force to lay down color but these do not. When using textured paper I find the color lays in nicely and almost effortlessly on the tooth. They are inexpensive pencils and allow me to move as quickly as I would like, instead of getting hung up in how well they are doing. They also seem to be very consistant in texture. Great pencils!
Ritmo Charcoal Pencil
This is the best by far of any charcoal pencil. I would never use anything else. It won't crumble when sharpened and gives me rich lines every time.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Ritmo charcoal pencils
By Ade [ Ah-Day]
from Chicago, IL
Right now Im using this pencil to draw portraits. I think it goes pretty smooth on Canson, Strathmore and Blick drawing papers.The only thing is that they go out quickly so get a lot! Its cheap too!
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