Welcome to our Pencil collection. Pencils make their mark with graphite or a form of carbon. The word graphite is from the Greek word for writing. Originally it was thought that graphite was a type of lead which is why to this day we often refer incorrectly to the insides of a Pencil as "lead"! Pencil casings are made from a variety of different woods. The higher the quality of the Pencil the closer the grain and the easier they are to sharpen. Plastic casings are identified by no wood or grain or seam. A letter called a "degree" is used to indicate the hardness of the graphite inside all Pencils. HB is a medium hardness and is in Pencils that are suitable for everyday use. B grades are softer which make them good Drawing Pencils, whereas H grades are more suitable where a fine line is required - such as accounts or technical drawing. Use F grade Pencils for shorthand. We also stock a great collection of Mechanical Pencils
and a wide range of Colouring Pencils
that you may find useful.