Conté à Paris Pierre Noire Pencils
Carefully manufactured by Conté à Paris craftspeople, Pierre Noire pencils have a a soft lead with a black that is dense, deep, indelible and matte. They are appreciated for their use on all types of supports, including paper and canvas. The pencils come pre-sharpened and can be further sharpened with a razor blade or knife.
The HB pencil scale indicates hardness and blackness, with 3B being softer than 2B and putting down more color.
FLAX art & design is a genuine Oakland institution. Opening their first store in 1938, they're now on their 3rd generation of family ownership and have recently relocated to a beautiful new Downtown location that could best be described as a "toy store for artists." 80 years in and they're still putting art and community front and center. You can visit them at their own site here, or find more of their products right here on Nearby Bay Area.
In case you don't love it, this item is returnable within 14 days of purchase.