Graphite Line Grafwood Pencils & Sets – Caran d’Ache

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R85.00R1 125.00

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The Caran D’Ache Grafwood pencil is a graphite pencil made with extra-fine graphite suitable for the most demanding artists. The superior quality lead results in a strikingly smooth drawing experience with most satisfactory results. Ideal for techniques such as pointillism, hatching, writing, sketching, shading, blurring, technical and artistic design, mixed techniques.

The large diameter body is comfortable to hold for extended time, and protects the lead from unnecessary breakage. Most conveniently, the body is colour coded according to the grade, making it quick and easy for the artist to identify the required pencil.

Product features:

  • 8-ply, extra-fine graphite pencils with superior quality lead.
  • Hexagonal shape for optimal grip.
  • Diameter ranges from 2.1 – 3.6 mm.
  • Premium FSC certified cedarwood, varnished.
  • Available in 15 grades from 4H to 9B.
  • Available as single pencils and in sets (rectangular metal case of 6 grades & round metal tube of 15 grades).


    • 9B – 3B: Extra fine graphite pencils to allow uniform shading of large areas and a regular, intense stroke.
    • 2B – H: Extra-fine graphite pencils for hatching and superimposing.
    • 2H – 4H: Extra-fine graphite pencils for intense and regular, fine and extra-fine lines (technical drawing, scientific illustration, etc).


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Caran d’Ache was founded in Geneva in 1924 and remains Switzerland s only manufacturer of pencils, fine arts products and writing instruments. They are known throughout the world of artists, architects, engineers, designers and illustrators for manufacturing the most consistently smooth graphite drawing pencils and other graphite artist products.

Caran d’Ache has drawn on its expertise and explored the deepest graphite mines to search out the infinite colour nuances of carbon. The result is the Graphite Line, an original concept dedicated to graphite that allows artists to compose their graphite range and explore all the shades of black.

The Caran d’Ache Graphite Line products are made with only the purest grades of graphite. This graphite is 99% pure and mined in Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Germany. The graphite from these countries is naturally formed into varying shapes and sizes producing a tight bond resulting in a strong core that doesn’t break when you sharpen it or when you apply pressure while drawing. Many manufacturers use graphite from Central America, which is typically only 80% pure.
The clay used to produce the Caran d’Ache Graphite Line is called Montmorillonite Clay. Because of its greasy lubricating quality, it enables the graphite to glide across the paper.
The Caran d’Ache chemists analyze the correct quantities of the graphite to be added for the specific grade of hardness being produced. For each product range, GRAFWOOD, TECHNOGRAPH, TECHNALO, GRAFCUBE and GRAFSTONE, at least two different types of graphite are added, to make the cores more resistant to breakage. The graphite and clay mixture is mixed for several hours and ground a minimum of six times on rolling mills and then dried in the next stage of production. This is the reason why Caran d’Ache graphite products are much smoother and more homogeneous than competitors. The graphite and clay paste is then extruded into cores and baked at 100˚Celsius, cooled and then fired at 1000˚C to dry the moisture and produce a finished product.

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3 reviews for Graphite Line Grafwood Pencils & Sets – Caran d’Ache

  1. VanessaV (verified owner)

    I bought a range of these after coming across Darrel Tank’s 5 Pencil Method using graphite pencils…I absolutely recommend these.. Their application is smooth and clean. The range of values one can achieve is outstanding….this is the graphite pencil of the future!!

  2. Pietervdm.Art

    As a professional graphite artist, these Caran d’Ache Grafwood graphites are my top choice in graphite. If the price don’t intimidate you, I’d recommend no other pencil above these.

  3. Azariah

    The price of these might be intimidating, but I was taught to get the whole gamut of values from only 3 pencils by hatching in layers. So one doesn’t need to spend lots of money to buy a pencil for each value on the value scale. My HB is my work horse, and for finer drawings I use a 2H, and a 3B for darker areas. One can feel the difference in quality after using other pencils. The softer pencils are also not as ‘woolly’ as some cheaper pencils are.

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