Comparing Graphite Pencils: Castell 9000 vs. Pitt Graphite Matte

The difference between Castell 9000 and Pitt Graphite Matte

Since 1761, providing the highest-quality art materials for every artist has been a core goal at Faber-Castell. Putting our goals into action, we added the highly anticipated Pitt Graphite Matte Pencils to our collection of graphite pencils for professional artists. Pitt Graphite Matte provides a shine-free, deep matte graphite experience that artists have been searching for.

Despite the unique matte features that these pencils provide, our classic Castell 9000 Graphite Pencils remain the best selection for a traditional graphite experience. So, what is the difference between Pitt Graphite Matte and Castell 9000? Both pencils hold equal value but possess qualities that make them individually special.

Pitt Graphite Matte Pencils with a sketch

Pitt Graphite Matte:

Pitt Graphite Matte Pencils are made of graphite that provide an ultra-matte laydown for reduced reflection on paper. Available in eight degrees of lead hardness (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B, 12B, and 14B), we have created the worlds first 14th degree of matte lead. The dark shine-free quality of these pencils brings a whole new dimension to monochrome drawing.

Along with their unmatchable dark tones, Pitt Graphite Matte pencils provide a smooth graphite application ideal for writing, drawing, and sketching that is unique in texture with the highest artist quality. Artists with a passion for monochrome work will find this collection to be especially suitable for their artwork. Learn more about Pitt Graphite Matte, here.

Castell 9000:

A firm favorite with professional artists and illustrators for over 110 years, Castell 9000 Graphite Pencils have earned their high-quality reputation with superior leads made of finely ground graphite and clay for smooth laydown. Castell 9000 graphite pencils are available in 16 degrees of hardness: 8B, 7B, 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, and 6H. They are also available in jumbo with five degrees of lead hardness: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B.

The extensive range of graphite available to artists through this collection allow for exciting effects and contrasts in shade. Castell 9000 graphite pencils are a staple to every great artist collection; writing, technical drawing and precise work, quick drafts, sketches, and realistic portraits can all be achieved with these pencils. Learn more about Castell 9000, here.

See the Difference for Yourself:

The difference between Pitt Graphite Matte and Castell 9000 Graphite Pencils is easily shown in their graphite laydown. We drew them together to give you a better understanding.

When viewed from above, there is virtually no difference between the Castell 9000 and Pitt Graphite Matte.

Graphite pencil sketches

Observing the same drawing against the light, the difference in the graphite laydown is evident. Light reflections off the Castell 9000 graphite creating a light grey hue whereas the Pitt Graphite Matte remain a rich black.

Graphite square sketches

Last, observe the graphite in the direction of the reflection of light and you will see there is barely a difference, similar to the top view.

Square graphite sketches

Both Pitt Graphite Matte and Castell 9000 Graphite Pencils are lightfast and created with 3.3mm lead, extra break-resistant SV bonding, and are coated with environmentally friendly water-based varnish.

It is important to understand the different qualities of our favorite graphite materials to achieve the best result for your art. No matter your genre of art, there is a perfect graphite collection for you. Shop the entire Castell 9000 and Pitt Graphite Matte collections, here.  


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