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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 Volume 223 pencil Blackwing Volume 223 pencils ferule

    Blackwing Volume 223 pencils

    "All you can write is what you see". The Blackwing 223 is a tribute to Woody Guthrie and his immutable optimism. Each pencil features a design inspired by the “ribbon of highway,” “endless skyway” and “golden valley”...

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  • Blackwing 602 pencils, box of 12 Blackwing 602 pencil

    Blackwing 602 pencils, box of 12

    New stock in the new packaging! 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...

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  • affiliate: 107 full set of pencils affiliate: 107 set of pencils

    affiliate:107 6 piece pencil set

    This beautiful 6 piece pencil set from affiliate:107, a lovely gift for any pencil user, contains 2 x 2H square pencils, 2 x HB triangular pencils and 2 x 2B hexagonal pencils. Designed & manufactured in the UK using sustainably sourced...

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  • Modena HB graphite pencils, pack of 6

    Modena HB graphite pencils, pack of 6

    A collection of six high quality HB round pencils packed in recyclable card. The individual pencils have the words CREATE, CHRONICLE, JOURNEY, INVENT, THINK, DISCOVER alongside the Modena branding in silver foil blocking on each pencil. Each has a...

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  • Stabilo Trio HB graphite pencils

    Stabilo Trio graphite pencils

    If you like a pencil with a triangular profile, take a look at these HB grade graphite pencils from Stabilo. Available in 5 bright barrel colours, the ergonomic design is very comfortable to hold and particularly suitable for young hands. High break...

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  • Apsara Platinum graphite pencil

    Apsara Platinum graphite pencil

    These Apsara Platinum pencils are made from high-quality wood for clean and easy sharpening. featuring a hexagonal burnished barrel for comfortable writing,they have a strong, break-resistant, bonded graphite lead.

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  • Blackwing XIX pencil Blackwing XIX pencis group

    Blackwing Volume XIX pencils

    The XIX pencil is Blackwing's tribute to the 19th Amendment of the American Constitution and the ongoing fight for voting rights in the United States and around the world. The 36 yellow stars represent the 36 states that ratified the amendment...

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