Koh I Noor pencils have been manufactured by the Hardtmuth firm in the Czech Republic since the late 1800s and their various brands of coloured pencils have a reputation for high quality at a reasonable price.
Until recently, suppliers to the UK market were notable for their absence (or lack of publicity). Now, both Jacksons Art Supplies and Amazon in the UK, are listing stocks. Jacksons have a wide range of the Hardtmuth graphite types and I see they now advertise stock of the three main coloured varieties.
in June 2016 individual pencils were not available in the UK for this brand, but they were available in Europe and also in the USA.
Peter's original notes from November 2015 are shown immediately below, but in June 2016 he had correspondence with a reader based in the USA who has sent him a review and comparison based on her experience. This review is included at the foot of this article and may prove helpful to other readers considering this brand.
Koh-I-noor Polycolor comes in boxes ranging from 24 to 72. The publicity seems to vary in how they are described, but the core of information is that they are highly pigmented and have a soft feel. Some publicity describes them as ‘soft and waxy’, some says that they ‘avoid wax build up’, and the USA, the Koh-I-noor site states that they contain ‘special oils’.
n June 2016, advice from a site reader who had contact with the company, stated that the pencils are principally oil based, with some white clay, and only a little wax. This is very much in line with other manufacturers in Europe who try to avoid too much wax ( to prevent wax bloom), but include some wax to keep the soft feel of the oil based pencils.
One of the complaints from USA reviewers was that the colour range was too small. I would not consider 72 a small range, but the reviews I read were 2 years old, so it may be that the writer was looking at a smaller set and there is now the larger set of 72 available that is listed today.
Koh I noor Mondeluz Aquarelles are also now listed in sets or 24 up to 72, with the 72 set priced around £54 ( a very reasonable price).
Koh I Noor Gioconda Pastel Pencils appear to be available in sets up to 48 in number, the 48 priced at around £53. They were reviewed by a reader of this site living in Germany a couple of years ago and details can be found on the Pastel Pencil brands page.
I have checked the UK situation today (March 17th 2020) for stockists and prices.
I would welcome any other readers with experience of this brand to write in with comments - also on any other brand listed (or even not listed) on the site.