Hi friends, Today I have a review of the new Derwent Chromaflow colored pencils. They are made in Britain like the other artist quality pencils from Derwent however they are only available in India and the United States right now. There isn’t any info about them that I could find on the Derwent Website but there was some Q &A on the Amazon Sales page. I reached out to my contact at Derwent when I saw these were available to check if they were legit and she confirmed that they were. She also said that they are initially going to launched in India and USA and sent me some for review. So, without further Ado here is the review!
- Vibrant Soft 3.5mm wax based cores
- Highly mixable for infinite colors
- Good coverage with little pressure (good for weak or arthritic hands as long as the skinny barrel isn’t a problem)
- Sharpens well in a small hole sharpener (if you don’t have a small hole sharpener use a shallow point sharpener)
- Skinny barrel
- No open stock availability as of yet
- No lightfast ratings as of yet but the company says lightfastness is similar to other Derwent pencils
- Only 24 colors
- Only Available in USA and India currently
Bottom line: I like these a lot as someone who prefers a softer pencil. These are similar to Coloursoft but these mix in fewer layers rather than blend and seems to have a bit less waxy bloom. It is a very small difference but with this limited color range mixing is important. I hope they come out with more colors and I’d love for them to have a larger barrel like other Derwent pencils. they are a bit more budget-friendly than Coloursoft but not much. Given that and the fact there are no open stock colors I’d recommend Coloursoft over these but I would change my mind if open stock, lightfast ratings and a larger range were available. Still, this is a great versatile set and not a bad addition to any artist’s pencils bag. I hope this answers any questions you might have about these elusive pencils and til next time happy crafting!
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