The 100 colours I have in my set are not being sold anymore but Bruynzeel, now Bruynzeel - Sakura, still sells a set of 48 colours.
I really like colouring with my old set but I was curious about the new set. Are the new pencils of the same quality or did Bruynzeel change something?
Bruynzeel is a Dutch company that merged with the Japanese Sakura about 15 years ago.
The question many people have is whether this change had any negative effect on the products Bruynzeel makes.
It is quite obvious that there was a change, because the largest set of coloured pencils being sold by Bruynzeel - Sakura nowadays is only 48 colours. But if the pencils are of great quality and you can blend and layer with them, this limited range of colours may not be a problem.
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to do a quick test with a set of 48 Bruynzeel - Sakura Design Pencils.
I read somewhere on the internet that the new pencils are of better quality than my 17 years old set.
Although my quick test isn't enough to review the pencils thoroughly I can tell you that they are performing very well so far!
The pencils I tried, some yellows and greens, performed beautifully.
The leads in my 17 years old set are not all of the same quality. Some reds are very soft and smooth while the blues and some greens seem to have less pigment. There are also some pencils with hard pieces in the leads which scratches the paper. I've learned the work my way around these problems and enjoy my pencils a lot!
So this would mean that the current pencils perform better than the one I have.
The pencils lay down their colours very smoothly and layering and blending goes just as well as with my old set.
My old Bruynzeel set do very well on the paper in my Secret Garden colouring book and paper with a little tooth but the paper in Enchanted Forest seems to be too smooth for my pencils.
In the picture below you can see a couple of leaves in Enchanted Forest coloured with the Buynzeel - Sakura Pencils.
Another thing I love about both my old set and the new one is that the pencils produce colours with a matte look. No shiny wax look as long as you don't push hard. I personally like that a lot!
I didn't test the pencils on lead breaking, points breaking and sharpening, so I cannot tell you anything about those things yet .
The only downside so far can be the limited range of colours available. The largest set you can buy has 48 colours. But if you are okay with a smaller set of pencils, these Bruynzeel Sakura Pencils will give you a lot of hours of happy colouring!
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