Derwent Graphic Pencils Individual Grades
This classic graphite drawing pencil is available in 20 grades.
Glossy black painted finish, over best quality Californian cedar.
The blend of graphite to clay determines the hardness of the pencil. "H" denotes Hard, "B" is Black, "F" is Fine.
The softer shades are for Sketching, the harder for more detailed line work.
This is where good drawing starts. Whatever your drawing style or media preference, you'll need some traditional, high quality graphite pencils – and you won't find a better range than Derwent Graphic. This high quality pencil is produced in a wide choice of 20 degrees, from a crisp, non-scratchy 9H to a soft, smudgy 9B. The hexagonal barrel is easy to hold and the pencil sharpens to a good point making it the ideal choice.
Made in Britain at the Derwent factory in the picturesque Lake District. First established in 1832, the company began making pencils from local graphite deposits found in the hills nearby. The company has grown over the years and now has a very modern factory producing a large range of pencils and art materials. We visited the factory in 2012 and watched the pencils being made. The lead, or core, is made from a combination of clay, graphite and pigments. This is then sandwiched in two sides of red cedar, known as slats, which are glued together. These completed cedar slats are then cut to a round or hexagonal shape, depending on the pencil type.The pencil is then cut to size, spray painted and then the tops are dipped in paint, the colour of which denotes the series and colour of the pencil. Each pencil is dipped twice, the end colour denotes the colour of the lead and the stripe denotes the pencil type. Finally the pencils are sharpened to a point and put into tins or boxes which are shrink wrapped, ready for dispatch.