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Derwent Onyx pencil

In 2008, Derwent announced a new graphite pencil line, the Onyx. According to Derwent, the Onyx “… is made from smooth dark graphite and delivers dense, rich, jet-black tones, darker than a Graphic 9B. Due to its non-crumbly texture, the 4mm wide core is capable of sharpening and holding a fine point.” After some testing, [...]

Pencil review: Derwent Graphic

It is a bit of a shock to realize that this website has existed for so many years without offering a single article on a product from this particular manufacturer. With a location near the original Borrowdale graphite mine and the beginnings of the lead pencil industry, as well as offering a broad and internationally [...]

British pencil industry is alive.

Cumberland Pencil Company, makers of the famous Derwent line, are building a new £4.5m, 45,000 square foot factory. This is quite historic. The graphite mines in the region have an incredible history, and this new factory continues the contribution. Petroski’s The Pencil has dozens of references to this area of Britain. Link: http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=539829