These individual Derwent Graphic Pencils in a fantastic choice of 20 degrees, from a crisp, non-scratchy 9H to a soft, smudgy 9B are ideal for all kinds of drawing and sketching.
This is where good drawing starts. Whatever your drawing style or media preference, you’ll need some traditional, high quality graphite pencils – and you won’t find a better range than Derwent Graphic. The hexagonal barrel is easy to hold and the pencil sharpens to a good point to cover all your drawing and sketching needs. All the degrees are available individually or in specially selected sets.
All Derwent Graphic Pencils are rated 8 on the Blue Wool Lightfastness Scale. Grades B, HB, F and H-9H products are vegan friendly. Grades 9B to 2B contain animal fat in the wax blend. View the Derwent Graphic Pencil Colour Chart for more information.
Coming from a technical background, I've used Staedtler pencils as a matter of course but decided to give these a go. Price wise they're a cheaper than the Lumograph but more expensive than the Tradition, so they fell mid-range.
The quality is good, with no nipping when sharpening as with cheap pencils and the matt finish make them easy to control. However I found them very soft, with a 2B more like a 4B. Given that a previous reviewer considered the 8B too hard, it shows how much is down to personal preference.
What did frustrate me was how easily the leads became fractured, resulting in endless sharpening. Again this is possibly due to being used to Staedtler pencils, which perhaps are more resilient but harder.
Overall, I would recommend this pencil more for artists who have a messier style (for want of a better description). If you're like me, however, you may find them a bit smudgy. It does illustrate how it's worth while trying out different brands, even with something as simple as a pencil. David Brown (Clevedon, United Kingdom) on 28 Jul 2014
I recently bought an 8B and a 9B graphic pencils by Derwent. Compared to other makes I found them a bit too hard and so too light. Joseph Farrugia (Birgu, Malta) on 29 Jan 2013
Better to have ridged than round pencils. They stay where they are put down and don't roll away just when you need them. Rosemary Palmes (CRANBROOK, United Kingdom) on 3 Mar 2021