Derwent has a long and distinguished heritage, stretching back to the discovery of graphite in the Borrowdale area in the early 1500s. Our pencils have been made in Cumbria since 1832 and generations of local craftsmen have used their unique skills to perfect the art of pencil making. We are very proud of our heritage because it has made us who we are today. The expertise we have gained over so many years has enabled us to develop the finest range of art materials in the world and we're even more proud of that.
Derwent also has a reputation for innovation. From the classic ranges of Artists, Graphic and Watercolour to exciting introductions such as Graphitint, Aquatone and Tinted Charcoal, Derwent has been inspiring artists worldwide for many years and continues to do so.