Camlin is a leading pencil manufacturer of India with origins dating back to 1931. Their products are not available in Canada or anywhere close, and I would like to express my gratitude to hemmant for sending these pencils to me. (hemmant, I love the urban grittiness of the Chicago “L” train. I’ve taken it but once.)
The pencils are marked “Finest Crystalline Graphite Lead.” The box has a line drawing of a camel, the pencils have just text markings.
The varnish is a camouflage pattern – I think Camlin is an innovator here. The pencils (six) are in B, 2B, 4B, 5B, 6B, and 8B grades. The 6B and 8B pencils are larger in diameter.
I think they are of reasonable quality – the lead is not the smoothest, but sharpening is easy, the finish is unique, and the range of leads a pleasure to work with.
Certainly they have some unique qualities, and I recommend trying them if your path should cross this Camel’s track.