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I am a student of classical realist portraiture. I use these pencils for figure drawing and Bargue drawing. I get through two or three of these pencils each week. The pencils are of consistently high quality. The graphite is never lumpy, and can be sharpened to a 2-inch needle-fine point on a sanding pad, without breaking. It can produce very fine lines, though being 2B, the point does blunt quickly. The wood is generally easy to pare away with a scalpel, though sometimes the wood can be a bit tough, as if there is a knot in it.
These are excellent pencils for sketching and detailed drawing. To get maximum use out of them, I would also invest in a
Derwent Pencil Extenders
, which will enable you to use them right down to the last 5mm stub.