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I noticed the change as well, but I haven't had problems since I switched
to an electric (cord) pencil sharpener.  Since then, the breaking has been
rare.  I tried to give the F-C a chance, but I just don't like them.  I
know I am in the minority with that.

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 7:19 PM, Jane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>   Maia,
> This has been an on going problem for years now.  Three years ago I grew
> disgusted and had my students change to Faber-Castell.  That semester they
> really did not know the difference, but I did.  For me, they just did not
> blend as well.  The following semester I went back to Prisma Color, with a
> difference.  Every time a student had problems with a pencil (you listed
> them all!) I called Dick Blick (from whom we get our supplies) and they
> replaced the pencil-s free of charge.  I hoped that might encourage Sanford
> to do something about quality control.  No luck yet.
>
> Jane
>
>  *From:* Maia Sanders <[log in to unmask]>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:53 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* [SCIART] Time to abandon prismacolor?
>
> I recently restocked my prismacolors to prepare for a series of CP
> illustrations, and in refreshing my color pencil skills I notice a
> significant reduction in quality, with many breakages, lead slipping from
> the casing, wood splintering when sharpening, etc- the only thing that
> hasn't changed for the worse is the working quality of the pencil.
>
> Researching for five minutes leads me to believe the quality has gone to
> the dogs ( no offense to dogs of quality!) since the product was sold and
> manufacturing moved to Mexico.
>
> Question is: what are people using for colored pencil these days? Are they
> just putting up with prismacolor or is there some better alternative? I
> know prismacolor are fairly inexpensive and able to restock easily. But the
> good price goes away when you have to sharpen a new pencil to 3" long to
> get a point on it.
>
> Thanks all,
>
> Maia
>
>
>
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