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Derwent Academy Sketching Pencils Tin Soft to Hard Graphite Pencils 6B-5H (Set of 12)

by Derwent

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  • Derwent Academy range of drawing pencils for beginner artists
  • Made from natural wood barrels and high quality graphite
  • Break resistant strips sharpen to a good long lasting point
  • Hexagonal barrel for greater control
  • Ideal for sketching and blending through to more detailed work

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Product details

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  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.2 x 10 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 141 g
  • Item model number: 2301946
  • ASIN: B001SYRRPI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Mar 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8 in Office Products (See Top 100 in Office Products)
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Derwent Academy

The Derwent Academy range has been created for budding artists looking to delve deeper into the art of drawing and wish to develop and improve their skills. A range of colouring and sketching art pencils and painting products, with the perfect blend of quality and performance, provide the ideal introduction to the world of drawing.

A Comprehensive Range

Sketching is the foundation of all art with a wide variety of styles and subjects from which to choose. The Derwent Academy sketching pencils come in a comprehensive range of 12 degrees, from a soft 6B to a hard 5H, ideal for tackling all styles of drawing.

From Hard to Black and Everything in Between

H stands for Hard and B stands for Black, therefore the higher the number the Harder or Blacker the pencil. The soft 6B-HB pencils offer soft smudge-able lines to build up layers of tone whilst the harder H-5H are ideal for fine straight lines and detailed work.

Precision and Control

Set in a metal tin with a removable lid and individual pencil 'slots', the drawing pencils can easily be stored and protected. The hexagonal barrel allows for greater precision and control and the pencils are easy to sharpen and break resistant, making them ideal for long periods of use.

Derwent Academy Sketching Pads

The Derwent Academy sketching pads, in both landscape and portrait, are an ideal extra for experimenting and storing work.


A History of Derwent
  • 1500s - Graphite found in Borrowdale in the Lake District
  • 1832 - First recorded factory manufacturing pencils in Keswick, Cumbria
  • 1941 - Secret wartime pencil produced for aircrew in bomber command, world war II
  • 1981 - The Cumberland Pencil Museum opens in Keswick, Cumbria
  • 1982 - Derwent pencils used to create the animation in the film 'The Snowman'
  • 2008 - The company moves to a purpose built factory in Workington, Cumbria opened by HM The Queen

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hemmingway on 30 Mar 2010
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Good quality sketching pencils in a strong tin that can be carried with you always. Recommended buy, as they are value for money.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Christian on 18 July 2010
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I think these pencils are of such good value! The pencils are of very good quality and are neatly stored inside a protective tin. The tin is easy to open and the pencils can be quickly taken out and used! They are perfect for taking out and sketching during the day! There are 12 shades, perfect for sketching and desiging different things! I use these pencils all the time, very pleased overall!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R K Asthana on 27 Dec 2013
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I enjoy a bit of sketching in my spare time. I bought these pencils as the beginner level pencils I bought earlier were a little brittle. These definitely are of much better quality. I am quite happy with this buy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sep 2009
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We needed a selection of good pencils in various grades and this fits the job, not a bad price either as it included P&P
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Wainwright on 3 Jan 2011
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Bought this for myself to get back into by sketching.

Loved the fact that there was a good range of lead sizes and the instructions were included.

The order arrived on time, which is always a plus, so would be inclined to use these pencils again when I've worn them out.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Oi Ty! on 13 Oct 2010
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I bought these pencils because i thought that they were a good price for the amount of pencils you get and i needed them for my A-level art. I'm really glad i bought them now as they are great quality, and produce good shades and strokes to my sketches. Well worth the money!! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mirelle Gascoyne on 20 Nov 2014
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High quality, well presented and very cheap. I bought these for my son as a Christmas present and I know he will love them. Well worth the money for this fantastic brand!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Souster on 16 Dec 2013
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Bought as part of a Christmas present. Look fantastic. Good quality for the price. Will recommend to anyone who likes drawing
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