This pertains to how heavy or light the shade is as tested in white bond paper. I used blue (3 coats) to find the difference and Rose Art's is lighter than the other two brands.
The body I meant was called wood holders by Wikipedia. Rose Art's wood material is somewhat soft. It was a breeze when I sharpened it and I like that I didn't have to twist it that hard. The only thing is, I got a little sawdust, which I didn't with Faber-Castell and Crayola.
I think Rose Art offers the cheapest colored pencil in the market. I am not talking about just the 3 kinds of colored pencil mentioned here, but overall.
Yes! You can get pointed tips after sharpening. As I told you, it'll be light and easy to do it!
I'd say I love it. It's perfect! I thought every single pencil brought out the best in each color, even the silver one. Oh, I love the smooth feel of it on paper too.
The problem with this type of colored pencil is it's triangular. It's indeed nicer to hold than the regular ones but I think you'll need a special sharpener. I just used the regular sharpener and I tell you, it wasn't so easy. I had to rotate the pencil harder and had to switch hands. It sometimes stuck too because the wood is too hard that it won't let the sharpener perform it's job. Maybe that also caused some of the colored pencils' lead [actually graphite and clay] to break after being sharpened. I also thought sharpening it caused me a twisted wrist, I'd suggest you rest after doing five.
It'll cost you a bit more that Crayola but I think it's worth it, just buy the rounded ones so you won't have a hard time sharpening or you won't need to buy a special sharpener.
Well, if you're going to use the regular sharpener, you might need to use the bigger hole so you can make pointed ones.
Crayola's density is very slightly darker in shade than Faber-Castell but I think it's still just right.
I don't know if it's because it's "fat" (they call it "made for smaller hands") so the wood material's, including the core itself, quality is almost perfect. You don't need extra energy to sharpen it, not so light, not so hard.
The price is just right.
Yes, you can, if you sharpen a little bit more. Look at the yellow colored pencil above, it's the closest thing I can get to "pointed".
Based on my findings, I'd say a good colored pencil (price doesn't matter) should not only give you the right shade, the wood holder should also be neither soft or hard but just right.
Choosing the colored pencil is really not something to worry about, maybe you just need to buy a good and strong sharpener (meaning the more expensive type) so you won't experience the same problem I did. Though the next time I go to the store, I think I'm going to think twice (just twice not thrice). If I'm short on a budget and maybe as gifts (because I've seen some nice packages), I'll choose Rose Art. If I'm doing a project, I'll get Faber-Castell and I'll get the rounded ones. If it's just like any other day and for my little one, I'll buy Crayola.