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ROYAL TALENS Van Gogh brand pencils Wax and watercolourWith Bruynzeel, they are part of the Japanese Sakura GroupManufacturing was in Holland but it is more than possible that this has now been outsourced to other parts of the Sakura Group of companies. Certainly stocks have been intermittent in the UK over the past few years and stockists still report some lines as not available, which would indicate possible import from the far East.The non soluble is a good quality pencil of medium softness, wax based, with the advantage that all colours are lightfast to the American ASTMS 6901 standard.The Watercolour Van Gogh pencils are marketed in similar sets, I have not sampled them.The full sets come in 60 colours and singles were available until recently. I believed that single pencil import to the UK had now ceased and only sets are now available HOWEVER, Sets of 60 wax type and watercolour pencils are listed by Amazon ( Sept 2017 ) with supplies provided by Trinity Arts ( see below )and I note that as of September 2017, Trinity Arts are listing singles for both wax Van Gogh, Watercolour Van Gogh and also singles for Bruynzeel pencils on their own websiteThese are a reasonably priced pencil of good quality, and though the maximum of 60 colours is possibly due to the problems of achieving good lightfastness, this will make the actual selection of colours rather more limited than other brands who supply up to 120 colours.However, the lightfastness benefit is worth considering if they can be foundThe Royal Talens website is at www.talens.comTrinity Arts in Dundee, Scotland are the importers, and I see that full details of pencil sets now listed on their web site www.artsupplies.co.uk/Pencil-Sets/