I bought a set of graphite pencils probably some 15 years or so ago for a project that I was working on and the set had varying degrees of soft/hard graphite in the set. Later on, I used these pencils again while mapping dungeons. Allot of the maps I’ve posted here on the Realms of Quest games were used with this Faber Castell 9000 6B pencil. They can get nice and dark/fuzzy after they start losing their sharpness which feels and looks pleasant while mapping dungeons. I never thought I’d have a favorite pencil, but this one is definitely it.
After a bit of use, it starts to get nice and thick and fuzzy like pic below. It feels much different than the more widely used #2 pencils.
Faber Castell has been around for a long time, and they still make these great 9000 6B pencils. I’m going to have to pick up some new ones as mine is almost finished. A link to their 9000 6B pencil is below. There is also a degree of hardness chart to compare it with their other pencils.