Drawing & Sketching: Pencils (25 to 48 of 57)

Graphite came into widespread use following the discovery of a large graphite deposit in Borrowdale, England in 1564. Graphite left a darker mark than lead, but was so soft and brittle that it required a holder. At first, sticks of graphite were wrapped in string. Later, the graphite was inserted into wooden sticks that had been hollowed-out by hand. The wood-cased pencil was born! The first mass-produced pencils were made in Nuremberg, Germany in 1662. There, an active pencil industry developed with famous companies like Faber-Castell established in 1761, Lyra, Staedtler and others growing throughout the 19th century industial revolution. Other early U.S. manufacturers that helped industrialize pencil making in the United States were Joseph Dixon Crucible Company (now Dixon Ticonderoga) and a number of factories established in New York and New Jersey towards the end of the 19th century by immigrants from the German industry including Faber Castell, Eberhard Faber, Eagle Pencil Company (Later Berol) and General Pencil Company.

  • Pentel Sharp Mechanical Pencils NZD $12.50
    A sturdy plastic body drafting pencil perfect for template work and general purpose writing. The hi-polymer HB lead is equivalent to a #2 pencil, guaranteed to scan on tests and resist breaking. The self-feeding leads never need sharpening. Pencils are available with tip sizes that vary from .5mm to .9mm. and feature a soft eraser under each cap.... more »
    4 items
  • Faber-Castell Jumbo Graphite Pencils NZD $3.70 5 items
  • ArtGraf Water-soluble Graphite Sticks NZD $7.95
    These water-soluble graphite sticks contain blended graphite and binders allowing the sticks to be used dry for drawing. They can be used dry or wet and allow artists to achieve a wide range of washes and graphite grays ranging from the deepest blacks to more subtle, transparent grays. The graphite is erasable once dry and is great for adding texture and depth to sketches and watercolor paintings. ... more »
  • ArtGraf Soft Carbon Pencils NZD $8.40
    These soft carbon pencils feature rich matte black leads that provide ultra-smooth and consistent strokes. They offer excellent blending and shading properties.... more »
  • Prismacolor Graphite Drawing Set NZD $54.20
    Experimenting with drawing materials doesn’t have to be expensive! This 18-piece set features woodless graphite, water-soluble gray graphite, Turquoise drawing pencils, an extra-large kneaded eraser, a magic rub eraser, a steel sharpener and a sanding board.... more »
  • Pentel GraphGear 500 Mechanical Pencils NZD $14.95
    The GraphGear series offers students and professionals automatic drafting pencils for technical drawing and general writing. The 500 series has a metallic mesh grip on a slim, beveled barrel with a 4mm fixed sleeve. It is available in .3mm (bronze barrel), .5mm (black barrel), .7mm (blue barrel) and .9mm (silver barrel) points.... more »
    4 items
  • Prismacolor Ebony Pencil NZD $2.00
    Round shape, black steel polish; very black, large diameter lead. Soft smooth and strong.... more »
  • Koh-i-Noor Carpenter Pencil NZD $1.40
  • Wolff's Carbon Pencils NZD $3.95
    The carbon pencil is the perfect combination of charcoal and graphite. It has a fine grain, and goes on smoothly and precisely in rich, velvety, matte black lines. Carbon pencils have a consistent softness, for superior blending and texture. The 5mm core is encased within a natural cedar wood barrel, making the pencils easy to use, and easy to sharpen for detail work. They are available in four degrees of hardness — B (hardest), 2B, 4B, or 6B (softest).... more »
    4 items
  • Staedtler Lumograph Pencil Sets NZD $22.80 - $45.60
    Premium-quality pencil for writing, drawing and sketching on paper and matt drafting film, the wide range of degrees makes Lumograph the ideal tool for artists and graphic designers.... more »
    3 items
  • Staedtler Noris Maxi 827 NZD $1.40
    High-quality pencil The 5 degrees make it ideal for school and office use Especially break-resistant thanks to super-bonded lead Easy to erase Easy to sharpen with any quality sharpener... more »
    2 items
  • Koh-i-Noor Hardmuth 1820 NZD $2.90 2 items
  • Progresso 8911 NZD $2.00 4 items
  • Pitt Pure Graphite 2900 NZD $5.50
    Solid graphite, lacquer coated for use like a pencil. Can be sharpened like a conventional wood-cased pencil. Suitable for expressive shading of large areas.... more »
    4 items
  • Grease Pencils NZD $1.50
    These acid-free pencils are ideal for writing on most surfaces, including photos, plastic, wood, tile, ceramics, tole, glass, transparencies, shrink plastic, and other hobby and fine art applications. They're also ideal for marking photos for cropping and labeling, or to create rich, dense, aquarelle effects.... more »
    6 items
  • Faber-Castell Graphite Sticks NZD $5.95 4 items
  • Faber-Castell 9000 Pencils NZD $2.00
    Since 1905, this top quality pencil with superior black leads, made of very finely ground graphite and clay, has been a favorite among artists, as well as for precision, technical drafting. ... more »
    14 items
  • Derwent Wash Pencil NZD $2.95 3 items
  • Derwent Sketching Pencil NZD $2.95
    A wonderful choice for free style sketches and bold line drawings, allowing complete and spontaneous freedom of expression. The soft, extra wide graphite strip sweeps smoothly across the paper for a fast, even lay down of tone but is equally suitable for more detailed work. Derwent Sketching comes in three versatile degrees which blend together beautifully, creating subtle variations in tone and mood.... more »
    3 items
  • Staedtler Lumograph Pencils NZD $3.30
    Premium-quality pencil for writing, drawing and sketching on paper and matt drafting film, the wide range of degrees makes Lumograph the ideal tool for artists and graphic designers.... more »
    16 items
  • Koh-i-Noor Graphite Stick NZD $2.00 2 items
  • Derwent Drawing Pencils NZD $3.00
    This is drawing at its most natural, both in the exquisite colour range and the creative potential of this unique and rewarding pencil. Drawing has an extra wide, creamy textured strip which produces a beautifully soft, velvety finish. It is the perfect medium for wildlife and nature studies, natural portraiture and dreamy, evocative landscapes. Drawing is available in 24 subtle shades, including a wide selection of traditional sepia tones together with soft neutral greys, greens, blues and creams.... more »
    24 items
  • Progresso Aquarell NZD $2.75
  • Koh-i-Noor Hardmuth Automatic Lead Holder NZD $24.50
    Assorted Colours

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