This summer I was included in a group of art ed. bloggers who were given the opportunity to do a product comparison. This survey was sponsored by Dixon Ticonderoga.
Here are some of the goodies they sent.
Over 29 years of teaching, I have wasted a lot of money on products that ended up being of phenominally poor quality. This happened even with brands that I respect. So I will be happy to start working with these supplies and giving you the low down on them.