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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...

    £27.00
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  • Blackwing natural pencils, box of 12 Blackwing natural pencil detail

    Blackwing Naturals pencils, box of 12

    The Blackwing Natural pencil features an exposed, genuine incense-cedar barrel from California with a subtle clear matte finish and the very best Japanese extra-firm graphite.   And don't forget that iconic square Blackwing brass coloured ferrule...

    £27.00
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  • 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...

    £27.00
  • 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...

    £27.00
  • Blackwing Volume 10 pencils, box of 12 Blackwing Volume 10 pencil

    Blackwing Volume 10 pencils, box of 12

    Blackwing Vol. 10; the journalism pencil. In 1887, Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World tasked Nellie Bly, a yet unknown journalist, with investigating the insane asylum on New York’s Blackwell’s Island. The resulting series,...

    £35.00
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kikkerland tropical graphite pencil set.

    Kikkerland tropical pencils

    Get playful with this set of pencils featuring a tropical animal on top of each pencil; parrot, monkey, toucan and flamingo. An adorable spin on your average pencil. Set includes 4 pencils. Makes a great gift. Also available in Woodland and Safari animal...

    £5.00
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  • kikkerland safari pencils

    Kikkerland safari pencils

    Get playful with this set of pencils featuring a safari animal on top of each pencil. An adorable spin on your average pencil. Set includes 4 pencils. Makes a great gift. Also available as tropical or woodland animal pencil sets.

    £5.00
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  • Kikkerland safari pencils

    Kikkerland woodland pencils

    Get playful with this set of pencils featuring a woodland animal on top of each pencil. An adorable spin on your average pencil. Set includes 4 pencils. Makes a great gift. Also available as tropical or safari animal pencil sets.

    £5.00
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  • Mitsubishi 9000 HB pencil Mitsubishi 9000 HB pencil close-up

    Misubishi 9000 graphite pencil, HB grade

    The understated and underrated Mitsubishi 9000 standard writing pencil, officially designated for 'General Writing'. This gorgeous green pencil has terrific point retention.  In the first half of the 20th century, Japanese pencils were labeled...

    £1.00
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