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Caran d'Ache has drawn on its expertise and explored the deepest graphite mines to search out the infinite color nuances of carbon. The result is the Graphite Line, an original concept dedicated to graphite that gives artists the opportunity to compose their own graphite range and explore all the shades of black. An integral component of the line is the Grafwood pencil.
This series of extra-fine graphite pencils contains 15 gradations (including 9B, the deepest black on the market), enabling artists to produce an infinite range of techniques and effects, uniform darkening of large surfaces, and regular and intense line drawing.
An easy-to-hold design offers optimal artistic control.
Grafwood Metal Box, Set of 6
This selection of six Grafwood graphite pencils is balanced between soft and hard leads, enabling artists and creative professionals to explore all the shades of black. It includes one each of 9B, 7B, 5B, 3B, HB, and 2H, contained in a durable, hinged metal box. The box is light, easy to carry, and protects the pencils from damage — a practical set for all student and professional artists.
Grafwood Metal Tube, Set of 15
This tube holds 15 pencils, one of each hardness grade in the Grafwood line, including 9B, 8B, 7B, 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, and 4H.
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Comments about Caran d'Ache Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils:
Top quality. They are a little thinker than a normal pencil so does not fit into pencil sharpener as well. Great tone range to very black. The pencil tin has a pad that is used to protect the tips, this is not glued down and is difficult to keep from moving around.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Love that the exterior color of the pencils reflect the graphite=very convenient. The application is smooth and consistent.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
The best pencil. I have every top brand, these are superior.
I use them for fine art. They are the smoothest of all the quality brands with a true, distinct range of value between each pencil that is much superior to any other brand. The casing is color coded with the color of the lead so its easy to pick out the pencil with just the value needed at any given moment. As the saying goes: you get what you pay for (and Blick has a great price).
Doesn't really get any better.....
from Chappaqua NY
Yes, they aren't the cheapest pencil but the difference is clear. I have come to use only Caran D'Ache as I do mostly portraits and nothing goes on as smoothly and consistently as do these pencils. almost buttery in the way they cover the paper. For me, spending money on my pencils is small compared to the time we spend with the drawing and one may as well go for the best.
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from Vero Beach, FL
I love these pens. I bought 2B, 6B, 9B. It is true what other people say, 9B is not really black BUT there is enough difference between 6B, 9B to have a full range of grey tones. They are soft and apply so easily. Much much better than Staedtler or Faber Castell. I clicked off "Solid Value" because you pay for what you get. They meet criteria of quality to cost what they do, so they are not overpriced, especially from Blick. I will still use other pens but when I work on "real" not "learning" drawings, these are my pens of choice until or unless I find something yet better.
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from California foothills
These pencils DO have the deepest black! Haven't yet used them very often but, I did test out their claim to having the darkest black. Compared to five other brands of pencil that I own in 9B, these were indeed, the deepest darkest black on the market, And, It didn't take numerous overlaps to achieve that deepest black value. The other pencils in the set also cover surface area really well without lots of going over the same spot. I also really like the silver metal pencil case they came in. Makes for a nice, quality pencil set.
CARAN D'ACHE GRAFWOOD PENCILS
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from Linden, TX
These are awesome graphite drawing pencils. They hold a good point and are very versatile. I have no complaints whatsoever and will continue to use them as my primary drawing pencils.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great graphite pencils for artwork
from Coeur d Alene, ID
These pencils are more expensive but are worth it. Application is very smooth. The wood barrels are wide and may not fit in all electric pencil sharpeners.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Rochester, MN
Like most products from Caran d'Ache, their graphite pencils are well-made and consistently performing. They take and maintain a point well. The shafts of these pencils are a diameter size up from standard, so if you are using a standard-sized electric sharpener, they are too tight in the opening. For manual sharpening, they are fine. Otherwise, you need an adjustable opening on your sharpener. Overall, I find the hardness of these pencils to be shifted a bit toward the hard end, meaning that each number is somewhat harder than I expect it to be. If you are accustomed to getting a heavy dark from your 4B, for instance, you might want to shift to a 6B. If you are 5-penciling, you might want 2H-HB-2B-4B-6B instead of 4H-2H-HB-2B-4B.
from New Mexico
I love these pencils. They are responsive and the variety of hardness in the sets makes layering and subtle changes in value very easy and wonderfully do-able.
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