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With its superior extra-refined, high-density graphite, high point strength, break resistance, and smearproof lines, the Mono Professional is the ultimate instrument for drawing and drafting.
It uses the exact same lead as the Mono 100, a professional pencil that is the gold standard among artists and animators.
Pencils are unsharpened.
Class Pack, Set of 150
Class Pack — This set includes 25 each of HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, and 6B drawing pencils.
Set of 12
This set includes 12 pencils in a variety of degrees, including 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, and 4H.
Set of 3
This set includes three pencils in a variety of degrees, including HB, 2B, and 4B.
Set of 6 w/ Eraser
This set includes six pencils in a variety of degrees, including HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, 2H, plus a Mono Zero eraser.
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an expressive but dark pencil
Comments about Tombow Mono Professional Drawing Pencils:
The feel of these pencils as they lay down graphite is definitely a five-star experience, but the hardness range is definitely just three. I bought the 2H, HB, and 2B. Like others have said, the Tombow pencils are much darker. The HB pencil is as dark as 4B in other brands. There is also little difference between the base values of darkness that the HB and 2B pencils make, just that the 2B is a slightly softer lead that releases graphite more readily. The 2H pencil has the same base value as HB pencils in other brands. However, the lead is harder, so it doesn't produce as wide a range of values as other HB pencils, when you use more pressure. One thing I felt was exceptional about the Tombow pencils was their reponsiveness to variations in pressure. Even though the HB pencil's "base" value is more like a 4B in other brands, with much lighter pressure you can make much lighter values, smoothly, than regular 4B pencils. The range of value that I could get from a single Tombow HB pencil was incredible, I've never had a pencil behave that expressively. If I had to choose just one pencil to take with me for general drawing, the Tombow HB would be it. The 2B is also a very good choice, soft, but holds a point much better than comparable 4B pencils in other brands. However, I would not choose the Tombow pencils for tightly rendered graphite work that required multiple pencil grades in the same drawing. Perhaps I need a to get a Tombow H and B to test, but the difference in texture between the 2H and HB is too much for me. The 2H is smooth, but it doesn't get as dark as the equivalent HB I would normally use in another brand. I could use the Tombow HB with light pressure, to bridge the gap in value, but the HB graphite is too much more textured. It's much easier to use another brand that has more sensible and even separation between their pencil hardness grades.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Greensboro, NC
I use graphite sticks mostly, but will grab a pencil for finer detail or quick sketching. Recently, I purchased several brands of HB pencils to compare. Most of them where either too hard or too soft, but I found the Tombow to be right in the middle where I needed them to be. The go on smoothly, sharpen well and make a consistent mark on the page. I'm a Tombow convert. I bought an HB, 4B and 6B, but will be getting a 2H and 4H to compliment my graphite work.
I will buy these again and again!
By Plot Thickens
from Columbus, Indiana
The Japanese are fanatical about their pencils and it shows. These are amazing pencils.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Best Pencil Ever
I often do quick sketches in preparation for my paintings, but recently fell in love with graphite and do a lot of finished works solely in graphite. My old pencils were not up to par and in trying to replace them kept finding inconsistencies with other brands. So, I thought I would try the Tombow pencils since the reviews were favorable. They do not disappoint. I purchased an HB as a trial and compared with the other brands I own. This pencil has a rich tone, not too soft/not too hard (I have some HB's that feel like H's compared to this), the leads sharpen beautifully and the graphite glides on the paper just right, either smooth or textured. I'll be buying more Tombow pencils.
Good Drawing Pencils
I upgraded from using General's Kimberly pencils and these are great. The leads are very smooth and I don't get scratchy marks like I do with General's pencils.
A matter of personal preference
By Dwight C
from Santa Fe, NM
These pencils are worth a try, and bought by the dozen Blick's price is unbeatable. I happen to like Tombow pencils a lot--but others have strong preferences for other brands. To each his own, but if you settle on Tombow, Blick is a good place to buy them
I picked up a set of Tombow Mono Pencils because I was tired of using graphite pencils that required constant sharpening and were hard to work with closer details. These pencils have such a nice range of values and maintain a good point throughout use, and are great for creating even tones on paper. Plus, they're very nice looking!
from Durango CO
I am finding I am becoming particular about my drawing pencils. These pencils have a smooth flow and hold a sharp point. They seem to last longer than other brands I have tried.
I would buy this product again and again
from Pleasanton, CA
These are the best pencils ever I used. Very good quality .I'm replacing all my old pencils with this product.
from Sarasota, FL
Creamy pencils - graphite goes on smoothly. For heavy handed artists you may want to use a harder pencil - so for HB use an H, for 2H use a 3H, etc. Very nice job.
Tombow Mono Drawing Pencils are the ultimate instrument for drawing, animation and drafting. These pencils offer extra-refined, high-density graphite with break resistance, and smearproof lines. Mono Professional pencils use the exact same lead as the Mono 100, a professional pencil that is the gold standard among artists and animators.
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