I think it is difficult to assess the quality of some supplies after just a short time. That is how I feel about comparing Walmart pencils against Ticonderoga pencils. The Ticonderoga come out of the box already sharpened, which I see as a big plus for the beginning of the year. I have so much to do before kids show up in my room and that fact that they have removed one step in the preparation process is a help.
However, I have been teaching for 29 years and have strong opinions about the brands of pencils I want my students to use. Over the years, many brands of pencils have come through my art room. I am made insane by the very cheap ones whose leads break easily
or who have leads that are not even in the wood. Sharpening these are frustrating as there is always a sliver of wood that goes all the way to the tip of the lead.
So, more from experience over time rather than from this one observation, I would choose two brands of pencils, if allowed the choice. Dixon Ticonderoga makes a high quality pencil as does Eberhart Faber.
Full disclosure here. Dixon, who manufactures the Ticonderoga pencil, sent me the samples and asked for my honest appraisal of this product.