Aww Claire i feel so sorry for you with that flipping Hayfever i hope it gets better soon for you xx
Hi claire. Ive had them for.over ten years. I like them. They blend will as long as you use the blender that comes with them... not a prismacolor one etc. They also blend well just using the pencils blending color together. Also, sharpening... I use the faber castell trio sharpener... not electric on all my artist pencils. It saves pencils. As electric will eat up pencils much faster wasting them. You can get a hand sharpener that gets to a point without eating the wood away half inch up pencil. Having such a long exposed area promotes breakage. Especially if heavy handed. :) I mix the lyrA with other pencils... I like them better than prisma... just wish there were more. Colors.