How pencils were made


Today, Derwent pencils are presented in a variety of attractive packaging to appeal to artists worldwide. However, in those early days the pencils were simply tied up in dozens and then in half grosses (I.E. 72s), ready for sale.

Although highly labour-intensive, the original factory could turn out 5 – 6 million pencils a year (although today it is not unusual for us to produce 1 million in a week!)