The Originators of the
HB Degree System
Hardtmuth® Graphite is a premium lead that has been used in our professional artist’s pencils since 1802. Franz Hardtmuth, inventor of the graphite degree system, chose H after the family name Hardtmuth, B for the town Budějovice where our pencils are made, and F after himself. This varied degree drawing instrument has received accolaids from the world fairs in New York, Paris, London, Vienna, and Milan, and from Queen Victoria, who bestowed the name Koh-I-Noor on the pencils after the world reknown diamond as a representation of their finest quality.
Range 6 Degrees: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B, 9B
An artist favorite, these pencils are made entirely of graphite and coated in lacquer to keep hands clean. The solid core gives the artist 5 times more lead than a traditional graphite pencil. They have a solid, weighty feel and glide smoothly across the paper when used on point or on their broad side. They may be used with any traditional hand held or electric sharpener to achieve a fine point. The shavings may also be used to smudge. The dense, artist degree range of Hardmuth graphite lays down value in rich, deep tones to effortlessly define form and spatial relationships.