The Cumberland Pencil Company, manufacturer of Derwent Graphic Pencils, began in 1832 in England, where graphite was first discovered. The company introduced the Derwent brand of fine art pencils in 1938. The clay-graphite mixture in this 2B pencil resists breakage because of Derwent's quality controls, which include a strength test. Derwent pencils make clean, smooth lines time after time. Erasures are clean too. The barrel of this pre-sharpened pencil is of California cedar. Since tree farmers regularly replant these trees, they are ecologically sustainable. The pencil sharpens to a fine point. Whether you are a professional artist, a new art student or a hobbyist, you will use this pencil to draw and sketch on many surfaces.