Caran d’Ache Technograph 777 pencil review

Caran d'Ache Technograph 777 pencil review

The Caran d’Ache Technograph 777 is a cedarwood pencil with a bright yellow water-based varnish. The wood comes from sustainably managed forests.

Caran d'Ache Technograph 777 pencil sharpening

This is a well made pencil. The hexagonal barrel looks good (if you like bright yellow) and the finish is extremely sharp.

Caran d'Ache Technograph 777 pencil blunt end

The lead is available in twelve grades from 4H to 6B. It’s smooth, though not as smooth as a Blackwing or Tombow Mono 100. I reviewed the 2B pencil, which is not as dark as most 2Bs. It kept its point well but that may be because it’s quite hard for a 2B.

Caran d'Ache Technograph 777 pencil pointy end

Friday’s sketch was drawn with this pencil.


The Technograph 777 is quite expensive for a pencil. While it’s a good pencil for both writing and sketching – I do enjoy using it – it doesn’t quite justify its price. The Faber-Castell 9000, for example, is almost as good but costs little more that a third as much.

Caran d'Ache Technograph 777 pencil handwritten review


  1. These are nice looking pencils which perform well, I have only one (F grade) which I haven’t used much. You compare them to the Faber Castell 9000 which are also good and cheaper. I use one of these in B grade (a little harder than some I think) but the green water based varnish is wearing away; is this likely to happen to the Caran d’Ache 777 ?

  2. Interesting that you mention the 2B isn’t very dark compared to other 2Bs. The one I bought last month is darker than most, up there with the best Japanese pencils. Extremely smooth and pleasant to right with- amazing lead. Appalling finish, however, with cracking lacquer and gold print that wears off within a few minutes of use.

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