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Kedde

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on: September 21, 2014, 07:37:19 AM
20 years ago I purchased a set of Derwent pencils ranging from 2H to 4B but never used them. Just starting the Pencil course I noticed that the pencils some time behaved strangely, kind of scratching the paper and leaving a dark line. I think its impurities in the graphite, maby because they are to old.

Does anybody know?
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jillh

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Reply #1 on: September 21, 2014, 10:53:35 AM
I am using some pencils that are 40 years old.  They are fine.  I think it's just hard pieces of graphite that one finds in cheap pencils today.  Would be interesting to hear what the pros think.
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jillh

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Reply #2 on: September 21, 2014, 10:59:44 AM
They are  turquoise eagle that were my husbands.
Jill
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Reply #3 on: September 21, 2014, 12:54:11 PM
as far I know pencils don't get old. The problem you are having is with the pencil itself. You will often find little hard bits in the pencil unfortunately. Just sharpen past that hard bit.

Pencil that I recommend now are the Tombow pencils, they are extra refined, so have less of the hard bits in, but still found hard bits in the harder pencils.


Kedde

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Reply #4 on: September 21, 2014, 09:54:21 PM
Thanks Nolan. I feel in good hands, looking forward to the course. See you in the videos!

And thank you Jill. I look up the brand "turquoise eagle" on the net and you can still get the pencils, "old new stock".
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Reply #5 on: September 25, 2014, 07:54:50 PM
 :)
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