Conté à Paris have been manufacturing some of the finest artists' materials available for more than 200 years. Many artists and grand masters have used Conté à Paris products because of the selection of pigments, lightfastness, and the exceptional brightness and purity of the colours. Conte offers a traditional range of Drawing and Sketching Pencils with a variety of exceptional leads. These pencils are excellent for portrait, landscape and still life work. The Conté Pencils compliment the Conté Crayon perfectly and blend well with them. It's an essential complement for all the other pencils, its main function is to add hints and highlights but it can also be used alone on coloured and black paper. Recommended for contrast, soften, illuminate the values of any type of subject. It is recommended that the barrel alone should be shapened with a knife and the lead shaped with a scraper or sandpaper.