Never let it be said that I don’t love buying pointy devices. I’ve got so many of them that I could build half a house by stacking them. So, when I went to buy a new printer cartridge, I came home with a printer cartridge AND a couple of Ticonderoga “checking” pencils.
Many people like Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils, not so much because they erase, but because they provide a range of colors while still retaining sharp points and they have a pencil feel, rather than a waxy colored pencil feel. I like them too, but I think that most would agree that they don’t produce the saturated color of a quality colored pencil.
Still, for quick sketching, C0l-Erase provides a good experience. I picked up a pack of Ticonderoga “checking” pencils with that in mind, and the fact that it was only a couple bucks to try something new. This pencil didn’t disappoint.
Like the Col-Erase they do hold a sharp point and may feel even more like a pencil than Col-Erase pencils. They may also produce a slightly more saturated line, though the difference here is small. I confess to being a Ticonderoga fan. Their #2 “soft” pencil is so much better than most of its school market competition that they rival much more expensive pencils, something I would never say about the basic yellow Dixon pencil that dominates the school market.
Here’s my “experiment” with the checking pencil. Not a completely polished portrait but I think it demonstrates the possibilities with this $1 pencil.