Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Coloured pencil comparison. STAEDTLER VS CAMPAP.

STAEDLER Noris Club Coloured Pencils.

I thought these were a good buy as there were 24 pencils in the pack and Staedtler is supposed to be a superior brand.

I gave them a shot and I am really disappointed with them for the simple fact that they transfer much too lightly onto paper. The STAEDLER website says that they're soft and therefore leave an intense colour. SOFT??!?! It is possible that I just got a bad batch. I have only continued to use them as I really did not want to throw them away.

Something positive- These seem to be very durable. Kids have used the set that I own, so they've been dropped a number of times yet the lead appears to have remained in tact. Another good thing about these coloured pencils is that they're erasable (though I have found that they do not erase completely). So I suppose that is a plus for children who may be using them.

CAMPAP Coloured Pencils-12 Coloured Pencils.

I bought these to replace the STAEDTLER coloured pencils. In my opinion, the colour pay off is much, MUCH better. They're soft, so there is no need to press hard. Hopefully I can buy the larger pack as the small pack lacks some of the colours I both like and need.

Another thing that I like about these coloured pencils, is that their exterior is black. I'm not sure how they managed to make the wood black but I gotta tell ya, I think it's really cool.

Dislikes. Like most other soft lead pencils, it is ridiculously easy to break the point. Often the point gets stuck in the sharpener. If these pencils fall from you, get ready to sharpen. I can't suggest a way to work around the soft lead, other than to be ultra careful when sharpening and to place them in such a way that they don't roll and fall to the floor...but then again if you sit on the floor, dropping them shouldn't be much of a problem.

My advice to those looking for a good quality coloured pencils: Look for pencils with soft lead points. Ask if you could test the pencils out before purchasing as this may save you having to purchase two or more packs of coloured pencils.

Hope this was helpful,
Wai Li.


  1. I never liked Staedtlers much either. I always did find that the leads were too hard. It was always Crayolas for me. And Prismacolour once I managed to scrounge up the cash to buy some!

  2. Ever tried Campap? I will check out the others you mentioned.