These are the best student-grade oil pastels on the market. Holbein doesn't make very many student-grade products, and when they do, they don't give up their standards or outsource manufacturing to other countries. These soft, brilliant round sticks are made in Japan with Holbein's artist-grade products, and they perform better than any of their competitors at a similar price point. They can be used on virtually any surface and they do not break easily. Unlike lesser oil pastels, there are no hard spots or spots with unmixed color.
Holbein Academic Oil Pastels measure 11 mm in diameter and 69 mm in length.