Staedtler ergo soft ® 157 Coloured Pencils

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Basic Description

Test Picture Colored with Staedtler ergo soft ® Coloured Pencils
Test Picture Colored with Staedtler ergo soft ® Coloured Pencils

Staedtler ergo soft ® 157 Coloured Pencils are wax based artist quality pencils with a triangular barrel shape. They are sold in a maximum of 24 count sets.


  • Artist quality pencils
  • Pencils are light to hold
  • Triangular barrel means they are easy and comfortable to hold and won’t roll off a flat surface.
  • Number of color is printed on barrel
  • Color of pencil barrel is a reasonable indicator of the color of the pigment
  • Little pressure required to achieve good color coverage
  • Vibrant colors
  • Smooth feel on paper when coloring
  • Generally easy to sharpen to a point for detail work
  • Leads have a special coating to provide a resistance to breakage
  • Colors are the same across the Staedtler range of products (pencils, fineliners, fibre-tip pens) which is a benefit when coloring with mixed media.


  • Produces some pencil dust when coloring
  • Limited range of colors

Price Range

  • $$$ – typically AUD $20.01 – $50.00 / US $15.01 – $40.00 / £10.01 – £26.75 / €13.26 – €33.00

Conclusions / Recommendations 

  • These are the pencils recommended by Johanna Basford (artist for Secret Garden; Enchanted Forest; Lost Ocean)
  • A good pack of artists’ quality colored pencils but with a limited color range
  • These pencils don’t require much pressure to get the best out of them so if you have any fine motor, hand or arm problems these may be a good option
  • Ergonomic design of the triangular pencil barrel may be useful for people with hand or arm problems

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