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Graphite pencils

Graphite pencils

According to legend, in the early 1500s a tree was blown over in a storm in the Borrowdale region of Cumberland exposing a soft, black rock which was mistaken for lead. This is where the misleading term “lead pencil” comes from; lead has never been used in pencil production. Local shepherds started using the rock, graphite, to mark their sheep and other uses were developed including a cottage industry making pencils. The UK’s first pencil factory was established in the region in 1832, becoming the Cumberland Pencil Company in 1916, which is still in existence. Today the company is known Derwent and along with producing pencils and many other products, it welcomes thousands of visitors to its famous pencil museum every year.

  • Blackwing 602 pencils, box of 12 Blackwing 602 pencils, box of 12

    Blackwing 602 pencils, box of 12

    Praised in the New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and Boing Boing among others, the Palomino Blackwing 602 features a firm and smooth graphite core that helps it deliver on its promise of “Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed...

    £25.00
  • Blackwing Palomino Pearl pencil Blackwing Palomino Pearl pencil and sharpener

    Blackwing Palomino Pearl pencils, box of 12

    The Blackwing Pearl pencil features a pearl white finish, gold imprint, white eraser, and a balanced and smooth graphite core that is softer than the graphite found in the Blackwing 602, but firmer than the graphite found in the Blackwing...

    £25.00
  • Blackwing pencil, box of 12 Blackwing pencil, box of 12

    Blackwing pencil, box of 12

    Ideal for anyone who prefers a soft, dark line, the Palomino Blackwing is the softest of the three core Blackwing models. Blackwing pencils feature a timeless matte black finish, iconic square Blackwing ferrule and black eraser. Iconic ferrule...

    £25.00
  • Blackwing Volume 16.2 graphite pencil Blackwing Volume 16.2 graphite pencil and erasers

    Blackwing Volume 16:2 pencils, box of 12

    The Blackwing 16.2 is a tribute to mathematician, writer and visionary Ada Lovelace. The pencil features a matte white finish and matte black ferrule inspired by the simple styling of early personal computers. It features our firm graphite formulation...

    £32.00
  • Calepino pencil, white Calepino pencil, yellow

    Calepino pencils, various colours

    White and yellow wooden pencils made in the traditional way in the Loire region, in the last business to still make pencils in France.  Made from FSC label wood : originating from a durably developed forest. 7.5 mm in diameter, 19.0 cm long  

    £1.50
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  • Cavallini celestial pencil set

    Cavallini celestial pencils set

    Tin of pencils with its own sharpener, featuring vintage celestial images from the Cavallini archives. 10 pencils (5 per design) and a sharpener packaged in a tin High quality pencils with HB  lead Tin measures 8.75 x 2 ins (22 x 5 x 2cms)

    £10.00
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  • Cavallini globe pencils set

    Cavallini vintage maps pencils set

    Tin of pencils with its own sharpener, featuring vintage map images from the Cavallini archives. 10 pencils (5 per design) and a sharpener packaged in a tin High quality pencils with HB  lead Tin measures 8.75 x 2 ins (22 x 5 x 2cms)

    £10.00
  • Derwent Academy sketching pencils, 6 tin

    Derwent Academy sketching pencils, 6 tin

    The Derwent Academy range is an edited selection of art media intended to provide the ideal introduction to the world of drawing with the perfect blend of quality and performance. 6 graphite pencils in grades 3B - 2H Slim 6.9mm hexagonal graphite grey...

    £5.50
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  • Derwent WW2 secret map pencil

    Derwent WW2 secret map pencil

    Charles Fraser Smith, an agent of MI9, arrived at The Cumberland Pencil Factory in 1942 with a puzzle for the management to solve. He had an idea to create a compass pencil containing a secret map in a hidden chamber. Given to Lancaster Bomber airman...

    £40.00
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  • Faber Castell Dessin 2001 HB pencil

    Faber Castell Dessin 2001 pencil, HB grade

    High-quality pencil with a lovely red and gold finish and a classically-styled logo. Guaranteed easy-sharpening with SV-bonded lead to help prevent breakage. Perfect for writing, drafting or sketching; for art, school or office.  HB grade

    £1.00
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