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Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colored Pencils – Product Review


Koh-I-Noor Woodless colored pencils to my personal favorite,

the Prismacolor Premier colored Pencils.

Photograph of Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colored Pencils

Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colored Pencils

I picked up a set of 24 Koh-I-Noor Woodless colored pencils, specifically for the purpose of seeing if the white was more or less opaque than any of the other colored pencils I had.

Interesting fact, instead of paying for a bunch of wood, these colored pencils are solid color encased in lacquer, their description says they contain 5 times the color as wood cased pencils. If you sharpen the lacquer off of the rounded end, when you are coloring large areas you can use that end and only sharpen the other end to a crisp point when you are doing details. Excellent dollar value.

After opening the package, I decided that I should first print a copy of the Doodle Bible Color Chart and see how the Koh-I-Noor Woodless colored pencils laid down color in general and made a chart of the colors for future reference and put the chart in my 3 ring product binder.

I arranged the pencils according to the rainbow and then decided to put the browns before the reds because the colors seemed to roll that way. There seemed to be a lot of “Moody” colors instead of bright “Happy” colors.

Before I finished the first row of Bibles I found myself thinking how much rich the pigment was and how much smoother the color was going down than the chart I did using the Prismacolor Premier colored pencils.

Photograph of Color chart of Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colored Pencils. White, Grey and Black not included.

CBJ Doodle Bible Color chart of Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colored Pencils. White, Grey and Black not included.

Note –  I did not break the tip on a single Koh-I-Noor Woodless colored pencil while I colored the Bibles. I broke the tip on several pencils when I filled in the color chart for the Prismacolor Premier colored pencil chart.

I was pleased with how creamy the wax based colors went down without heavy pressure and how easy I found it was to blend the colors with them, without any special products or techniques . . . just a little overlapping and gentle layering.

After completing the color chart above I decided to see how well the Koh-I-Noor blended using 3 colors, red, orange and yellow so I printed another CBJ Doodle Bible Color Chart page and practiced blending multiple colors together. Getting good blends with the Koh-I-Noor was easier than with the Prismacolor Premier colored pencils .

The next step was to compare the Koh-I-Noor to similar colors, side by side to the Prismacolor Premier colored pencils.

The Prismacolor Premier colored pencils showed the texture of the paper until I put down a second and third layer of color while the Koh-I-Noor only took one layer of color to put down a satisfactory blend of full-bodied color, on white 20 lb bond paper.

As you can see below in the finished art comparison, what can be achieved using either the Prismacolor Premier colored pencils or the Koh-I-Noor Woodless colored pencils can only be told apart by the fact that I labeled the Bibles, but the Koh-I-Noor Bible took 1/3 less time to get to a smooth blend with equivalent color saturation.

Photograph Comparing the difference between blending Prismacolor colored pencils or Koh-I-Noor Woodless colored pencils using no special methods or techniques.

Comparison of the difference between blending using Prismacolor colored pencils and Koh-I-Noor Woodless colored pencils using no special methods or techniques, just a little overlapping, fine tuned by additional layers of color until I was happy.

And the comparison of the Koh-I-Noor Woodless WHITE colored pencil compared to the other white colored pencils I have ?? Sad Disappointment. They are about the same . . . The search for a white colored pencil that makes a good highlight over other colors goes on.

Photo of Bible page with Proverbs 31 illustrated.

Here is a page that I used the Koh-I-Noor Woodless pencils for color, a .8 black micron pen for outlining and a uni-ball Signo broad UM-153 White Ball Point Pen for the bright highlights that I can’t find a white colored pencil to match.

If you have ever used Koh-I-Noor Woodless pencils tell us about your experience in the comment box below.

Jackie Whedbee-Mattingly



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5 thoughts on “Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colored Pencils – Product Review

  1. Roseann says:

    I have bought them and they are a great pencil , i bought the 12 ct and went back and got the 24 count, they are a hard pencil but put out great color and last a long time, easy to sharpen

    1. CBJ says:

      I wish there were some brighter primary colors, but the 24 color set should go a long way. I am excited to experiment with them.

  2. Deb Robertson says:

    Do these pencils require a special pencil sharpener?

    1. CBJ says:

      No they do not need a special pencil sharpener. In fact since the lacquer layer is so thin I think one of the hand held razor blade type pencil sharpeners would take off the least amount of product and make them last even longer.

      But if you have a helical blade pencil sharpener you just don’t have to push as hard.

      By the way, a helical blade pencil sharpener sounds fancy, but that is what old fashioned pencil sharpeners with the hand crank are . . . 2 opposing helical blades.

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