This pencil is a game-changer. The concept is a graphite stick with no wood sheath. Some other companies have done this but not with such wonderful results.
Behold the CRETACLOR MONOLITH 2B. This has a better lead feel than any pencil I use. It creates a dark line like a soft pencil but the graphite isn't soft so it stays sharp and feels sharp. It is heavier than wood pencils and has a very solid hand feel.
It is really great and very recommended. I got mine at Blick Art Supply and they are about $1.47 each. HB - 9B.