Even with the most expensive sets-(Prismacolor), you'll find the same
I'm a colored pencil artist and the only thing that helps extend the life of
the pencil is shaving it with an exacto knife instead of a sharpener. Of
course that's not a possibility, except at the high school level, but I work
at a private Christian school
and I don't have to worry about fights with a knife. Creatacolor makes a
solid core "monolith"pencil and those are really expensive- but it solves the
Patti in Fla.