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- 8 VariantsMark's Tous les Jours mechanical pencilfrom 6,60 €Shaft: lacquered wooden barrel with print ø 8 mm, Accessories: includes lead (ø 05 mm), eraser in the push-button
- 9 VariantsFaber-Castell lead holder TK 9400from 4,75 €including graphite lead, metal tip, green hexagonal plastic barrel with ergonomic grip grooves and hardness indicator
- 12 VariantsFaber-Castell Castell 9000 graphite pencilfrom 1,35 €continuously glued and fracture resistant lead, hexagon barrel, dark green water-based exterior varnish
- 16 VariantsKoh-i-Noor Hardtmuth 1500 pencilfrom 0,75 €continuously glued, fracture-resistant lead, hexagonal barrel, golden yellow/brown/white leads that are water-based
- 3 VariantsCedarwood pencil, blackfrom 1,00 €continuously glued core , graded HB, round shaft, cedarwood, solid black colour, some with aluminium collar and eraser (white eraser with unpainted aluminium collar; red eraser with black aluminium collar)
- Koh-i-Noor Automatic mechanical pencil 5608from 6,80 €metal tip, round metal barrel with grooved grip, l = 90 mm, unscrewable push-button contains a lead sharpener, silver metal clip, includes lead
- 5 VariantsStaedtler Noris 120 pencilfrom 0,65 €super-bonded lead, especially break-resistant, hexagonal barrel with black and yellow water colour paint
- Koh-i-Noor Automatic metal mechanical pencil 5640from 9,70 €metal tip, hexagonal metal barrel, l = 120 mm, unscrewable push-button contains lead sharpener, includes lead
- 2 VariantsKoh-i-Noorl lead holder Versatil 5228from 3,90 €graphite lead, short hexagonal metal barrel, metal tip, built-in sharpener at holder end, silver metal clip
- Koh-i-Noor 1x1 school pencilfrom 0,55 €fracture resistant HB lead, painted round barrel with “1x1” printed on it, wood comes from certified sustainable forest, with erasing tip
- 5 VariantsFaber-Castell graphite pencil Grip 2001from 1,10 €continuous glued and fracture resistant lead, triangular barrel with soft-grip-zone, silver water-based paint
- 4 VariantsClutch pencil, woodfrom 9,80 €including HB-graphite lead (diameter is 5.6 mm), metal tip, round barrel made of FSC certified beechwood
- 5 VariantsStaedtler mechanical pencil Mars micro 775from 4,00 €including HB-lead, metal tip, retractable lead guide tube with spring loaded lead, plastic barrel with slip-proof rubber grip zone and ISO colour code, eraser, metal clip
- Koh-i-Noor Versatil clutch leadholder 5347from 3,50 €metal tip, triangular plastic barrel, l = 140 mm, no sharpener in the push-button, includes one graphite lead
- 3 VariantsCaran d'Ache mechanical pencil, 844from 18,50 €including 3 HB-leads (diameter is 0.7 mm), metal tip, fixed lead guide tubing, painted hexagonal aluminium barrel, silver metal clip, silver pushbutton, integrated eraser and spare lead reservoir
- 6 VariantsPapermate Tikky by Rotringfrom 2,80 €including HB-lead, metal tip, fixed lead guide, black plastic barrel with grip grooves and ISO colour code, eraser, metal clip
- 3 VariantsFaber-Castell Pitt Monochrome pure woodlessfrom 2,00 €thick graphite lead with black protective foil, sharpens like normal pencil, round barrel
- 5 VariantsFaber-Castell Aquarelle Graphite pencilfrom 1,70 €continuously glued core, fracture resistant lead with 3.8 mm diameter, hexagonal barrel that is painted black with water-based paint
- Faber Castell Castell 9000 graphite pencil, setfrom 13,90 €continuously glued and fracture resistant lead, hexagon barrel, dark green water-based exterior varnish
- Faber-Castell Jumbo Grip graphite pencilfrom 1,70 €continuously glued and fracture resistant lead; ca. 10 mm thick, triangular barrel with soft grip-zone, pencil painted with water-based silver paint
- Faber-Castell Grip Plus mechanical pencilfrom 6,00 €uncluding 3 B-leads (diameter is 0.7 mm), metal tip, spring supported retractable lead (pocket safe), plastic barrel with black ergonomic cushioned triangular grip, black clip, twist up jumbo eraser
- 4 VariantsKoh-i-Noor Hardtmuth 1500 pencil, setfrom 6,70 €continuously glued, fracture-resistant lead, hexagonal barrel, golden yellow/brown/white leads that are water-based
- Pilot mechanical pencil, Birdiefrom 8,30 €including 3 HB-leads (diameter is 0.5 mm), metal tip, fixed lead propeller (feed), matte silver stainless steel round barrel, l = 110 mm, diameter is 5.5 mm, tip and push-button are shiny, integrated eraser and lead...
- 3 VariantsKoh-i-Noor jumbo graphite pencil 8971from 1,50 €extra thick woodless graphite pencil, paper covering, th = 10,5 mm, l = 120 mm, hexagonal shaft
- Ecobra lead holderfrom 3,90 €including HB-graphite lead (diameter is 2.0 mm), metal tip, integrated lead sharpener, round plastic barrel, silver metal clip
- Koh-i-Noor Progresso 8915 woodless graphite sticksfrom 5,90 €woodless graphite stick, lacquer-coated, diameter is 7.7 mm, l = 153 mm, the round anthracite-coloured shaft sharpens like a normal pencil, plastic holder in cardboard slipcase
- Koh-i-Noor Aquarell Progresso 8912 graphite pencilfrom 10,90 €woodless graphite stick, lacquer-coated, diameter is 7.7 mm, l = 153 mm, the round black-coloured shaft sharpens like a normal pencil, has blue marking
- 5 VariantsKoh-i-Noor Progresso 8911 pure graphite pencilfrom 8,80 €woodless graphite stick, lacquer-coated, diameter is 7.7 mm, l = 153 mm, the round anthracite-coloured shaft sharpens like a normal pencil, plastic holder in cardboard slipcase
- 3 VariantsFaber Castell 9000 Jumbo pencilfrom 1,90 €continuously glued and fracture-resistant lead, green hexagonal barrel (watercolour paint)
- Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth 1580 graphite pencilfrom 6,20 €Shaft: FSC certified wood, triangular, painted ochre paint, Lead: graphite, 10 different hardness grades, Packaging: metal case
- Stubby clutch pencil, Gripfrom 17,50 €including 4B-graphite lead (diameter is 5.6 mm), metal tip, round aluminium barrel, black soft-grip-zone
It feels greasy and stains the fingers but is nonetheless good for writing and drawing. This is the first commentary following the discovery of a grey-black shiny material in 1565 in Borrowdale, a city in the Cumberland Hills of England. It was first thought to be some different kind of galena because its appearance and composition closely resembled that long known mineral. In order to be able to use the extracted lead for writing without getting the fingers dirty, the first pencil makers cut the new material into narrow rectangular rods which were then encased in wood the pencil was born!
Later, the Swedish chemist Karl Wilhelm Scheele was able to prove that the lead in pencils was not really lead at all but rather a completely different material, namely, crystallized carbon. (So much for the old joke that you can lead a horse to water but a pencil has to be lead!) Scheele gave this type of carbon the name graphite which was derived from the Greek word grapheln which means writing. In German the word for pencil is Bleistift (lead pin) and every attempt to change the name to Graphitstift (graphite pin) failed miserably because by the time the truth had been found the original name was too deeply imbedded in the language. Similarly in English, the word for the working part of a pencil is still called lead.
The eventual depleting of the Borrowdale graphite led to a new technological development: in 1794 both the Frenchman Nicholas-Jaques Conte and, at almost the same time, the Austrian Joseph Hardtmuth were able to produce pencils by using a mixture of graphite and clay. The leads of the pencils were subsequently hardened through a process which consisted of burning them at high temperatures. What is really noteworthy about the graphite-clay process, which is still used to this day: it is possible to manufacture pencils with different grades of hardness.
And how does the lead find its way into the pencil? Most high quality pencils are produced today using cedar wood. This wood is practically knotless and lends itself extremely well to modern automated production processes. It is also lightweight and can be cut to a clean point. The cedar wood is delivered to the pencil factory already in slat form. These slats then have grooves milled into them and these grooves are subsequently filled with the leads. Then a second slat is glued and pressed onto the first slat and finally the profile of the pencil is milled into shape. Only at the very end of the process is paint applied and the pencil designation embossed into the wood.
During the gluing of the lead, something very important occurs: the entire surface of the lead and the whole length of the pencil are coated with a synthetic resin and these are glued then into place on the wood pieces. It is in this way that the breaking resistance during sharpening is increased to the point that making a point is much easier, the lead remains intact when the pencil falls to the ground and, of course, it will not fall out of the end of the pencil.
How does a pencil write? The surface of the paper works like sandpaper and scrapes the finest of particles from the lead. The rougher the paper, the more lead particles are rubbed from the lead. Because of this, rough or, alternatively, hard paper requires a harder lead. For smooth or, alternatively, soft paper, a softer lead is indicated.