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Manufactured in Germany, Lyra REMBRANDT POLYCOLOR  are good pencils and good value - as they tend to slip in to the lower cost bracket of Coloured Pencils.  The Company was taken over by Fila, the Italian subsidiary of the US based Dixon Ticonderoga in 2008 and the pencils are now distributed by the Dixon (Europe) Ltd company based at Peterborough.

Prices are a little higher on those seen in past years - mainly due to the strength of the Euro against the £ which affects all continental European manufacturers.

If you can’t find them locally or over the Internet, you can get in touch with Dixon’s at 01733 371237

The Pencils are worth buying.  Soft to the feel and oil based, you should find them for around two thirds the cost of other brands.  

The full set of 72 pencils used to sell for around £90 but I have seen them (fleetingly) as low as £70 for a full set.     

Lightfastness is good across the colour range and the star ratings are shown with the colour reference numbers on the inside lid of the boxes.  Care should be observed  using a pencil with one star rating as these are the least lightfast.

For a standard Penciltopics colour chart giving the Polycolor range taken from the actual pencils see this link Polycolor chart set

To compare colours with other brands, see the Penciltopics section on Colour Comparisons

For purchasing, Look at GreatArt.co.uk  The main distribution for Great Art is based in Germany and often features European lines not easily found in the UK.  Search on that site for Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor

Great Art have them listed as both boxed sets and individual pencils

as also do the Jacksons Art Supplies site and the UK based internet supplier Pencils4artists

Polycolor are a favourite with Parchment craft addicts as the oil based colour takes well to the special parchment surface.

There is also an aquarelle of similar good value and I hadn’t seen these about for a while, but Great Art quoted them as recently as June 2009. And I now see (July 2012) that Internet Retailer Pencils4Artists describe them as being discontinued for sale in the UK as single pencils and they are selling them off (while stocks last) for as little as 85p each.

The Lyra product most frequently found, is a blender pencil called the ‘Splender Blender’

This is made with a clear transparent core and can be sharpened like a normal pencil.  

When worked over a layer of coloured pencil, it picks up and moves the lower layer and blends edges.  

Very useful in the finishing stages of a picture, though I have found that if you use it too early in the painting process, it is difficult to add further colour layers on top of the soft blender material.  

I guess that it is made from an oil based ingredient as the Lyra Rembrandt pencils are oil based.  

See comment on Blenders in general and the Lyra one in particular on this site at  working the surface

The blender pencil is listed for sale (Jun 09)  at     www.1buy1pencils.co.uk

Lyra also market various accessories which include a useful ‘click’ eraser which has a long thin erasing medium held by a plastic barrel which can be ‘clicked’ to extend the eraser ‘lead’.  This is marketed in Europe.  A useful item if you are near a European mainland stationer whilst on holiday.

I see this is now on sale in the UK (2012) and is branded as Pentel ( but is the same thing as the Lyra one I bought in Germany .)    If you are looking and can’t find, it is on sale at Pencils4Artists at £1.99

The updated Lyra website gives overall product information for UK users and is at   www.lyra.de

Latest revision December 2015