Derwent - Old versus New

One of the Derwent Graphic key features is improved core strength.  This brings up the question of how much has the Derwent graphic pencils changed and is there an improved difference?  

I mentioned in my previous post that I have two older tins of Derwent Graphics and provides a perfect opportunity to compare the old versus new.  My older sets are missing a few pencils, so I will limit my testing to 3 different grades.

The first comparison and the biggest difference is the quality of wood and how they sharpen.  The older sets splinter as they sharpen, leaving the lead exposed and creating inconsistent sharpening.  The new Graphics sharpen clean.


The new Derwent Graphic on the left v. the older brand on the right.
The quality of the wood has improved over the years.

The F lead grade comparison:  There is a marked difference between the older Rexel and the New Derwent.  I had a tough time laying down a smooth gradation from dark to light.  The new Derwent F grade was just slightly smoother than the Acco logo.



Derwent Old to New Brand Comparison - F lead grade
Top - Rexel Logo, Middle - Acco Logo, Bottom - New Britain Logo 

The HB lead grade comparison:  There are impurities in the Rexel that appear as you lay down the graphite.  The new Derwent lays down a nice even shade.

Derwent Old to New Brand Comparison - HB lead grade
Top - Rexel Logo, Middle - Acco Logo, Bottom - New Britain Logo 

The 6B lead grade comparison:  The 6B is where the biggest differences are.  The old Rexel is not new are dark and rich as the new ones.  The Acco applied smoothly, but look at the grain texture! The new Derwent went on smooth, dark with little grain.    
Derwent Old to New Brand Comparison - 6B lead grade
Top - Rexel Logo, Middle - Acco Logo, Bottom - New Britain Logo 
 In summary, the Derwent pencil has markedly improved through the years!  So far, the key features of smooth colour laydown and improved core strength are holding true.

But there is still more testing to done.....

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