Beautiful pencils. I've had issues with the quality of other wood pencils before
- either the lead is too fragile or the wood is too cheap and splinters or
breaks. It holds a good tip, the lead won't break unless you put quite a bit of
force on it, and while the lead can still smudge it won't ruin your paper like
most B type pencils will. The case is actually pretty high quality and I can see
myself using it long after the pencils have been whittled down to nubs.
I've found the 2bs might be a tad too soft for general sketching while being a
little too hard for animation clean up, so you'll probably want to buy the
variety pack first if you don't have a specific use in mind. However, despite
these small issues, they've already replaced all the pencils (mechanical and
wooden) in my pencil case. I would highly recommend that any hobbyist or
professional artist should get a chance to try these out once.
Kuretake No. 33 Brush pen (soft) is one of those brush pens you really need to
try out at least once; You owe it to yourself. The brush itself is surprisingly
springy despite the soft "bristles." The tip has a small nib of flexible felt so
you can ease up on the pressure and make incredibly tiny and detailed strokes
that doesn't seem to get worn down. It feels much nicer to use than most brush
pens since it seems more responsive and doesn't require much force to get
thicker strokes down. The brush itself is pretty sturdy as well; for example, I
had accidentally slammed one pen brush side down into the paper too hard and
bent it, but it didn't seem to affect the quality much. I would advise against
holding it in the middle or end of the pen, since you do get the ink on your
palms and fingers if you hold it near the bottom.