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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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Tombow Mono are my first choice of drawing pencils.
from Everett, WA
Comments about Tombow Mono Professional Drawing Pencils:
Tombow Mono graphite pencils sharpen to a fine point and glide nicely on whatever surface I am using, from smooth panels to hot pressed paper. They are strong, don't break easily. They come in a nice range of light to dark value. I work in fine detail and need the sharpness that Tombow Mono pencils can give me.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Not that special
I bought the 3 piece-set thinking using them for my sketching . I have used different brands of pencils over the years since I was little, from very expensive ones like the blue Staedtler Mars Lumogragh ones to cheap school pencils. My perspective is that these Tombow Mono Pro pencils are not worth the praise and price of what they are listed . Although saying that , these are decent and a little above school pencils giving its wood quality and smell ( other wood pencils have stronger smell which I slightly don't like) . There's also an important thing to point out is that these Tombow pencils themselves are NOT actually made in Japan .Although on the carton package says" Made in Japan", on the pencils , it says "Made in Vietnam" . It's not a big deal to me , but I feel a little tricked . My favorite pencils so far are the ones that are not too expensive but have good quality like Staedtler Tradition ( they have great paint job ,great wood quality ,sufficient bonding that doesn't use much glue, and superb graphite lead.) , another will be Koh-I-Nor Hardtmuth 1500 ( They are smooth , but not easily wear out , great for cross-hatching). I prefer soft lead pencils , so another brand I am using is Colleen for sketching on print paper ( Colleen is a Japenese brand , these pencils have terrible wood barrel but soft lead, they were very cheap when I bought them) .Sometimes for light sketching I use Staedtler Minerva B pencil which I almost run of ( it is harder , dark enough, does not wear out much) .DickBlick does not carry any of those brands. I wish you did because overall I am satisfied every time I shop at DickBlick online. You guys are always fast and careful at packaging .So my final thoughts on Tombow Mono Professionals are:Pros: - Good wood quality ( slightly lighter and softer than other cedar wood pencils)- Great appearance ( gold letterpress , glossy coating )- Decent graphite lead . It seems that Japanese pencils tend to have softer lead Cons:-Expensive considering they do not have any outstanding quality to offset the price
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Simply the Best
from New York
Tombow pencils are more responsive in line and tone work than any pencil I have used. The difference is notable and extraordinary.
Simple, Perfect Every time.
These are my go to pencils for drawing. Have used them for years and highly recommend!
Tombow Pencils are tops!
from Sarasota FL
These are rich graphite pencils that can be applied smoothly. They yield quite a bit of graphite in the "B" range. If you are looking for a harder, lighter pencil, then select the H range. We use these a lot and they are recommended to all my students!
Very versatile and good quality
from Jersey City, NJ
I use this product for drawing on Blick Bristol pads. One can achieve the lighter side of medium and all the way to very dark shadows. It is versatile and blends very well with just cheep paper towels. I also like that it doesn't destroy the paper and any marks can be erased fairly well.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
an expressive but dark pencil
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.
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.
(3 of 3 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.
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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