45 hours were spent investigating each STAEDTLER pencil within its arsenal. Thus, this review of the best STAEDTLER pencils is quite accurate and informative. Here are the best tools which might interest you.
Top STAEDTLER Wooden Pencils
|1||Mars Lumograph Black 100B||No||9.9|
|2||Mars Lumograph 100||No||9.7|
|3||Rally Graphite #2||Yes||9.6|
|4||Norica 132 46||Yes||9.4|
|5||Wood-Cased Pencil WOPEX||Yes||9.2|
|6||Norica 132 49||Yes||9.1|
Mars Lumograph Black 100B
The Lumograph Black 100B is the new pencil from the world-known STAEDTLER stationery brand. The Lumograph Black 100B has drawn its attention by its unusual look, as the barrel is black. Eventually, they might become the best STAEDTLER pencil. And this sample comes only in a dark black shade, which is obvious. Darkness is achieved by a high level of carbon in the lead, and because of it, there might appear a grinding effect, which worsens the user’s experience. But, this feeling disappears as long as soon you work with it quite often.
- They produce minimal shine
- They have very dark shades of black
- They mix wonderfully with graphite
- The lead is bigger
- They can’t be sharpened to the acute angle of the point, thus, it’s tough to use them for precise drawing
- The Lumograph Black 100B seems waxy
These might be perfect option for making some shadows in your drawings. Thus, the Mars Lumograph 100B is really nice for texturing, while realistic works not so much. But you can be sure that you’ll get excellent contrast which will make your graphics more vivid and dynamic.
Speaking about erasing abilities, they are erased quite well. In addition, the smudge effect can be achieved in two ways with cotton sticks and with the eraser – both are decent.
Mars Lumograph 100
The Mars Lumograph 100 become an iconic item within the STAEDTLER arsenal. The distinguishing feature of it is a blue barrel, which is recognized by lots of people all around the world. The current look, which users have gotten used to, is a renovated design which was put into production in 2006.
- Made of natural wood – cedar
- It sharpens nice
- Lead is strong enough to hold the point, and soft simultaneously.
- They don’t contain scratсhy inclusions
- Blending is wonderful
- Leaves pale strokes
- They smudge and are hard to erase
As to writing ability, these are awesome – they are pretty smooth and make precise lines (if we speak about #2(HB)), probably it is carried out because of adding carbon as an ingredient of lead. However, use H pencils first to outline your future sketching or drawing, then apply B ones. Presumably, the Mars Lumograph 100 would also be a perfect match for technical drawings, too.
These probably can replace any #2 pencil, if you run out of your favorite or forgot at home. Who knows, maybe you even will prefer to use only this one in the future.
Rally Graphite #2
The Rally Graphite #2 is a recognizable product among STAEDTLER’s variety of stationery products, because of its stripped edges on the hexagonal barrel. Rally is a nice piece of stationery which suits any purpose e.g. for writing or even for professional art.
- They sharpen very well
- The lead is firm and holds the point
- They make precise and dark strokes
- Smooth feeling while writing
- Wear down very fast
- The paint on the barrel is really bad, it cracks
- The eraser leaves a lot of traces
Despite having negative features, the STAEDTLER Rally Graphite HB is universal, and it can be quite handy for particular purposes. It also leaves a positive aftertaste after using it, even though the attached eraser is not as good as it should be. If Rally had the STAEDTLER Mars instead, it would get a more positive review.
But there is one exceptional thing: the attached eraser provides a nice feeling when using it.
Norica 132 46
At first glance, users are always confused and think that this is a Mars Lumograph. However, the Norica 132 46 is quite different from, let’s say, its ‘twin’. It also seems like a regular office writing tool, but it’s not – it has hidden potential. It leaves accurate and decent strokes and lines, performing well for the best experience of writing and drawing.
- They glide nicely on the paper
- They last for a long time
- The lead is quite sturdy and keeps an acute angle
- The eraser crumbles, doesn’t work very well
- Lead breaks too often
Norica 132 46 is not just a regular pencil, but it’s good enough to replace any graphite contained tools. They are quite dark, don’t smudge a lot, and last a really long time. That’s enough to replace the most favorite tool. However, there is the same issue with the previous sample Rally Graphite, the joint with eraser is not so good as a tool. For most people, there won’t be any difficulties, since users can use the regular eraser bar.
Wood-Cased Pencil WOPEX
The Wood-Cased WOPEX is a revolution in the pencil industry. The distinguishing feature of WOPEX is that they are nature friendly, meaning they are made of recycled materials. They do contain wood, but it’s modified. Thus, they became break resistant, since the fibers of recycled wood are different from the original ones – they are twisted in a way that makes the barrel a little bit bendable.
The lead, as with the original, contains graphite, but it’s also composite. The finish is made of plastic which makes the holding experience unusual – the cover is sticky.
- It’s made of recycled materials
- It’s breakage resistant
- The writing is smooth
- It is waterproof
- They weigh more, which builds confidence in this product
- It is durable
- The barrel is sticky
- The barrel fibers clog sharpeners
- They leave too light lines, otherwise, they need lots of pressure, which doesn’t work sometimes
Users will always have mixed feelings about WOPEX. But the real problem with these is that their sturdy extruded body is too hard for sharpeners – they all fail to sharpen WOPEX. This can be solved if the manufacturer supplied specially-designed sharpeners within the box of the WOPEX wooden tool.
They are not bad pencils, but they don’t match every user’s needs.
Norica 132 49
The Norica 132 49 is a woodcased pencil, yet despite the fact that they aren’t made of cedar, they smell natural. Unlike the other samples, the ferrule on this barrel is fixed firmly.
Another thing, unlike the Norica 132 46, the Norica 132 49 has a black barrel. Probably the black finish has a huge role since this pencil has shown its ability to draw black lines darker.
- The lead is smooth and dark
- It doesn’t leave any splinters
- They don’t make hand to cramp
- Lead breaks because of its softness, thus they wear down fast
- The eraser doesn’t work very well – it smears
These could be the best option for sketching since they don’t require any additional moves to make precise and dark lines simultaneously. They also can be used for drawing, writing, or anything which is related to pencil usage.
Best STAEDTLER Mechanical Pencils
Silver Series 925 25-05
The STAEDTLER 925-25 is a family of mechanical pencils which are made of an aluminum barrel and have a ribbed holder for grip, a pocket clip, and an eraser which is covered with a metal cap. The cap says the size of the lead, which, by the way, the user can refill. The pencils seem very lightweight but they are not.
The eraser works well but it’s tiny, despite the size of the cap.
- Grip is nice, allows user to hold it durably
- Easy to put and remove extra lead
- Retractable mechanism of lead control is good
- Tip bends
- Constant lead breakage
Night Blue Series 925 35-05
Another family of mechanical pencils is the Night Blue Series 925 35-05. This series is basically the twin of the STAEDTLER 925-25 but in another color. This means the issues and advantages are the same as what the previous sample has.
- Grip is nice, doesn’t allow hand to slide down
- Easy refill of lead
- Mechanism works nicely
- The tip is fragile, thus, it must be kept from falling
- Makes lead break
The Mars 780 lead holder is preferred for technical drawings and art by lots of users. They have a classic design: a blue plastic body with a metal clip and grip, which is rough, and allows the user to hold the pencil firmly. The lead is also held immovably in the metal tip, which isn’t loose. Unfortunately, there is no indication of lead size on the barrel but when buying a replacement for current lead, user will get an extra cap which indicates the size.
- They are lightweight and have a comfy design
- The lead is durable
- They come with a sharpener in a back
- The metal grip leaves imprints after durable usage
- They come without an eraser
There is a cheaper option of this pencil with another indication 788 but it has plastic grip and clip instead. Is it worth? It’s up to the user!
Mechanical Pencil 925 07
The Mechanical Pencil 925 07 claims to be perfectly designed for technical drawings, too. Another distinguishing feature is that they contain brass, which is really unusual for lead holders, however they look stylish.
It weighs about 0.32 ounces, thus they are not so big as their competitors. However, the construction of this pencil is solid and can reassure everyone with its undoubted quality. There is one more pleasant bonus – it is spinning around a metal ring which shows type of the lead.
- Lead is held firmly
- Well- balanced
- Rubber grip which prevents from slipping
- Eraser is small
- There is some play in the tip of mechanism
STAEDTLER Pencil Holder 900 25
The STAEDTLER Pencil Holder 900 25 is a very unusual invention but it’s very useful, especially if the user is running out of his favorite wooden pencil. It has a metal grip similar to the 925 25 series which prevents the hand from unexpected slipping. The body itself is metal heavy-duty, which makes this tool credible.
The pencil holder has a trick with the metal ring as the mechanical pencil 925 series, so just twisting the ring indicates the current type of pencil.
It’s easy to use this tool, just twist the grip and open the container, then insert your favorite pencil. And voila! But that’s not all – STAEDTLER also applied a twisting feature to the eraser case, which reveals a white eraser.
- The pocket clip is removable
- Adjustable diameter of pencil container
- Replaceable eraser
- Holder holds pencil immovably
- It’s too heavy for durable usage
Triplus Micro 774
There is an obvious thing by which the Triplus Micro 774 attracts the users’ attention – its triangular shape. It makes it easy to grip the plastic barrel. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated area for grip, thus, it becomes tricky to hold this pencil with slightly wet hands.
There is a very easy way to reload extra lead: just pull out the cap, and that’s it – the container for lead is ready. Twisting the cap reveals or hides the white eraser. So everything is workable and it’s easy-peasy.
- Comfortable for holding for a long period
- Mechanism works smoothly
- Falling easily damages the mechanism
Triangle Pencil Yellow Body 771
Another triangular mechanical pencil is the 771 Triangle Pencil. Unlike the previous one, it has very bright color of its body and rubber grip, and additionally the body is much bigger than the usual size of mechanical products by STAEDTLER.
There is one thing though – it contains an unusual lead size of 1.3 mm, which is wider than regular. The telescopic mechanism of revealing the eraser is not new, but it still draws attention.
- Perfect shape for small hands or joint illnesses
- Thicker leads don’t require much pressure
- Triangular shape doesn’t allow it to roll down the table
- Metal tip gets loose after a few months of using, thus lead isn’t fixed
- There is no extra lead
|Mechanical Pencil 925 09||0.9 mm|
Mechanical Pencil 925 09
The Mechanical pencil 925 09 is a different type of 925 07, but there is only one distinguishing difference though – the color of the ring which indicates the lead width is another color. Is this really the only difference? Let’s take a look closer and find out whether it is fact.
- Keeps lead livelong
- Mechanism works good
- Well-balanced body
- They come without lead in it
- The recommended replacement of erasers don’t fit
Great Colored Pencils from STAEDTLER
|Rank||Review||Product Name||Price||Number of Items||Rating|
|2||Karat Aquarell 125||24||9.6|
|3||Ergosoft Aquarell 156||24||9.4|
Ergosoft 157 24 Colors
Ergosoft 157 colored pencils come in a plastic case which also acts as a stand while drawing. The set consists of 24 triangular pieces which help to grip them correctly. The finish is soft, and it even provides little rubbery feeling. The barrel doesn’t have names of color, but the barrel indicates the pencil’s color.
The user might also notice a white bloom on the revealed part of the lead, which is STAEDTLER’s ABS (Anti breaking system) – this prevents lead from breakage. Strange, but ABS doesn’t affect the sharpening feature since the breakage or splintering of the wood barrel appears quite often.
As for writing/drawing abilities, it must be said, that reds, greens, and blues are just right, while dark colors such as black and brown are not saturated enough, so they appear more transparent.
- Good variety of colors in the set of 24
- The pencils are well-pigmented
- Nice feeling of holding and grip
- They break while sharpening
- Lead is scratchy
- They wear down fast
Karat Aquarell 125 Set of 24 Colors
Karat Aquarell 125 pencils are presented in a professional way – they are packed in a metal tin which protects them from accidental breakage. Like the previous sample of colored pencils, they don’t have any imprinted name of color, however there is a number which corresponds to the booklet’s scale, which comes with the set.
- Blending of watercolor is performed wonderfully
- The colors are vibrant
- They come in a metal tin
- The colors become less vibrant after adding some water
- The leads break while sharpening
Karat Aquarell are a really nice alternative for everyday practice in sketching or drawing, and they also can replace colors from your favorite set of colored pencils by Derwent.
Ergosoft Aquarell 156 24 Watercolor Pencils
The Ergosoft Aquarell 156 is like the Ergosoft 144 – they are in a nice plastic case, which also acts as a stand. It covers and protects them from damage nicely. It’s not quite clear why, but the ABS system was also applied to Aquarell; this kind of limits access to pigmented lead which is already cut off by size and the ABS system. However, the variety of colors is pretty nice and allows mixing them with each other beautifully.
- The colors are vivid
- They blend well
- Smooth texture
- They are lightweight, thus they can be held durably
- The wooden barrel and lead break too often while sharpening, which causes their fast wearing down
Obviously, the Ergosoft Aquarell would be desirable for artists and non-professional users, since the ideal balance of quality and practical ideas are joined in this colored set. They can also be highly rated by people who work with children, since the colors are so bright that users will definitely enjoy using them.
Mars 1270 Assorted 24 Colors
The Mars 1270 is another ergonomic product, thanks to its triangular shaped barrel. This set contains 24 vivid colors, which have a soft texture of lead. They would be a perfect fit for students or beginners who want to start their life with art.
- They sharpen nicely in the sharpener
- Triangular shape provides durable and comfortable holding; it also protects from falling down
- The writing is smooth
- The lead is hard, needs much pressure on it
- Blending ability is poor
|Review||Product Name||Number of Items|
|Noris Aquarell 144 10||24|
Noris Aquarell 144 10 24 Colored Pencils
The Noris Aquarel 144 is a set of coloured pencils which are supposed to be watercolor, but are they really as the name suggests? The set consists of 24 pencils. The shape is hexagonal which is usual for lots of pencils. These also have STAEDTLER’s breakage protection – ABS system, thus the lead is covered with white bloom.
- They sharpen nicely, leave no splinters
- The colors are vivid
- The texture is creamy
- Perfect for coloring books
- Weak pigmentation
Despite negative feedback, children adore this set, thus, they must be perfect for school purposes. These would be a nice option for artists, as well, especially those who want to save their budget as more pigmented means more pricey products. And here is one tip – they don’t need much water for watercolor performance.
All the selling platforms are a swarm of questions: what is the best option that particularly suits my case, or how long will these pencils last? There is no common answer since there are different types of products and their components which play a huge role in the pencils’ performance. However, here are some common questions which have exact and accurate answers.
What Is STAEDTLER Pencil ✏️?
STAEDTLER is a company based in Germany which has supplied stationery all around the world for almost 200 years. STAEDTLER writing tools are divided into 3 types: mechanical, colored, and graphite. All of them have common features which are inherent in STAEDTLER. This manufacturer always stands for:
- high-quality of materials;
- consciously picked adjusted features for better user experience;
- easy access;
- ergonomically comfortable;
- nature and environment friendly products and manufacturing;
- innovative approach;
- caring of users.
All of these business principles help people enjoy both their work and leisure time.
How Long Is STAEDTLER Pencil?
There is no particular answer to this question ❓ since all of the products are different and have various features which influence the products’ looks and dimensions. Here are some of the lengths:
- Mars Lumograph 100 is 7 inches;
- Mars 780 is 8.9 inches;
- STAEDTLER Norica HB is 8 in;
- Triangular Yellow pencil body is 5.43 inches.
There is obvious difference in the length of pencils, so it’s quite difficult to say how long a STAEDTLER pencil is. Just choose according to your feelings and needs.
How to Read STAEDTLER Pencil Grades?
There are 3 common grades:
- H means hard;
- HB means hard black and is medium;
- B means soft lead.
Н and B can be preceded by numbers 🔢, the larger number – the higher grade. Thus, they are quite easy to read and differentiate.
How to Use STAEDTLER Pencil?
There is no severe difference between STAEDTLER writing tools and other brands’ tools (whether they’re mechanical or regular). They have the same construction and are made of the same materials, although they are slightly different in consistency. Thus, common instructions can be applied to STAEDTLER pencils, too, such as a refill procedure for mechanical pencils and the ways of usage for regular wooden/recycled wooden 🌳 pencils.
How to Refill STAEDTLER Mechanical Pencil?
Depending on the model of the pencil, most of them have a container for lead inside the barrel. Twisting or pulling out the cap reveals the container, where the user can load extra lead. Then click the button 🔲 a few times to reveal the lead from the metal tip.
Are STAEDTLER Colored 🌈 Pencils Lightfast?
Unfortunately, there is no evidence of STAEDTLER pencils’ lightfastness. However, sunlight which transports ultraviolet rays affects any coloring, thus more pigmented pencils are much lightfast than less pigmented.
Another thing is some STAEDTLER sample states that it is lightfast, but they do not contain any guidance on low long they last and how they react to ultraviolet rays.
What Are Types of STAEDTLER Colored Pencils?
The STAEDTLER brand produces 2 different types of colored pencils: wax and water-soluble 💧. They do not offer a 3rd type as many manufactures do – oil pencils.
Wax leads contain waxy ingredients which perform vivid color rendering on the surface with good durability.
Water-soluble are leads which can be solute with some water; however, this doesn’t mean that vividness becomes less observed. Water-soluble leads, e.g. watercolor, spread color on the wet area and help colors blend nicely.
STAEDTLER Colored Pencils Vs Other Brands
STAEDTLER colored pencils are easy to fall in love with 😍, however lots of users always compare this brand with Faber-Castell or Prismacolor.
STAEDTLER vs Faber-Castell: the latter has a buttery base, which provides smooth gliding on paper and color wonderfully with their highly pigmented colors, while STAEDTLER pencils won’t be able to do darker lines and strokes without pressure on them.
STAEDTLER vs Prismacolor is less pigmented, while Prismaсolor is waxy and more sturdy; they also contain more pigment which allows getting a saturated result on the paper 📃. In addition, artist level products are always better than student stationery. The thickness of lead is obvious, while STAEDTLER usually produces leads of size 3-4 mm in diameter.
Cool Facts About STAEDTLER Pencils
Every brand has its own secrets and history, sometimes it can be weird, sometimes – funny. But all of them have their own history with their downfalls which usually remain unknown. Here are some interesting facts about STAEDTLER pencils.
Who Invented STAEDTLER Pencil?
STAEDTLER was created by a German man, Johann Sebastian Staedtler, in 1835. A year before company founding, Johann invented pastel which had the look of a regular pencil and could be sharpened to an acute angle. That must be the crucial invention of his life, which brought him fame.
The next year, in 1835, the company STAEDTLER founded started to supply high-quality products and continues today. The STAEDTLER company became one of the biggest companies which manufactures stationery in Europe.
How Does STAEDTLER Make Its Pencils?
Despite the huge amount of assumptions that pencils contain lead, which is not among the ingredients, the current composition is of water, graphite/charcoal, and clay.
Graphite and charcoal are ingredients of lead which are mixed together with clay. The more clay added, the more firm the lead becomes. Then it’s baked in an oven and covered with a wooden barrel.
STAEDTLER Is Environmentally Friendly
Thanks to modern technologies and patented products by STAEDTLER WOPEX, STAEDTLER has been producing pencils with environment friendly materials – recycled plastic and wood. Extruded wood is used for the barrel, while plastic covers the barrel.
Europe’s Largest Manufacturer of Wood-Cased Pencils
According to statistics from 2017, the STAEDTLER company has Export share of slightly more than three quarters of German stationery suppliers. Thus, STAEDTLER is considered to be the largest European company of supplying tools for students and artists.
Summarizing the Above…
Reviewing all the products mentioned above, it’s hard not to notice that lots of stationery items have fans all around the world. Does this say something? Of course, it does! Not every manufacturer can boast such a high number of fans.
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