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.
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
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