Product typeColored pencil
OwnerNewell Brands (1995–) [1]
Produced byNewell Brands
Introduced1938; 86 years ago (1938) [1]
Previous owners
  • Eagle Pencil Company (1938–69)
  • Berol (1969–95)

Prismacolor is a brand of professional visual arts supplies originated in 1938 by the Eagle Pencil Company (rebranded to Berol), and now currently manufactured by Newell Brands. Prismacolor products include, colored and graphite pencils, soft pastels, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and cases. In past years, Prismacolor also produced watercolor paintings and charcoals.


The Eagle Pencil Company was founded in 1856 in Yonkers, New York on John Street.[2] After 5 years, Daniel Berozlzheimer's son Henry purchased the city's first iron-framed building for the new factory. The company produced pens, pencils, pen holders and erasers. In 1897, the London branch confirmed the policy of selling manufactured goods with high quality. Over the years, the company changed focus and goods. In 1952, Margros Ltd was founded by Mr. P.G.Hooley, who invented Powdered Colour and sold it directly to schools. The business grew and the company was sold to Eagle Pencil Company in 1967.[3]

The company which later became Osmiroid International was started in 1824 by James Perry who joined his brother in the pen‑making business.[3] In 1989, the company was bought by Berol Ltd. The Newell Company joined forces with Berol on November 2, 1995. The merging of the two companies made Berol a branch of the Sanford Corporation.[3]


Prismacolor offers a variety of colored pencils, markers, pastels, graphite pencils, and sets of each medium.[4]

Product Range
Colored Pencils Premier® Col-Erase®, Premier® Verithin®, Premier® Water-Soluble, Premier® Soft Core, Scholar™
Markers Premier® Dual-Ended Fine Art, Premier® Illustration
Graphite Premier® Ebony, Premier® Turquoise®, Scholar™
Pastels NuPastel® Hard
Colored pencil sketch of painter Ross Bleckner
Berol Prismacolor pencils


  1. ^ a b About Us on Prismacolor
  2. ^ "Emile Albert Berol, 81, A Pencil Manufacturer", The New York Times Obituaries, 9 Oct 1993
  3. ^ a b c "Berol History". Archived from the original on 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  4. ^ "Prismacolor". Retrieved 2024-01-12.