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Innovation

Innovation is at the heart of Derwent

Derwent pencils are made in the UK by The Cumberland Pencil Company. We have been making pencils in Cumbria since 1832 and combine traditional pencil making skills with state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. Today, Derwent have a well-established reputation for innovation, inspiring artists with fantastic product ranges such as Inktense, Graphik Line Painters and Tinted Charcoal, alongside our classic range of Artist, Graphic and Watercolour Pencils.

How pencils are made today

Follow us around a tour of our factory and see exactly how pencils are made today! Derwent Pencils factory in Cumbria, UK. Now the only pencil manufacturer left in the UK.

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Review of XL Blocks

Robert Dutton reviews the Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks in Painters Online.

"Without doubt XL Blocks can help you to express your ideas in new and innovative ways. When working with them I make exciting discoveries all the time; the new-found freedom really assists my creativity – I like to use them liberally, very often on a large scale, and boy do they encourage that."

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