HB is great, so is 2B and F.
No, but I want to. I have only seen good reports on Prismacolor, and they are pretty inexpensive. I am buying a set as soon as I finish my collection of current colored pencils.
Um, okay, just checked my stock and I have A-LOT of colored pencils, so that purchase may happen sooner anyways. I am getting tired of using Crayola.