One of our all-time favorites, the Apsara Absolute is a dark pencil (think 3B-ish) that is remarkably strong. Drop it as much as you want, it (probably) won't break. Need proof? Check out this cute TV commercial for it!
Apsara is part of Hindustan Pencils, which makes about 8.5 million pencils a day across their many facilities in India. Not only do they make every part of the pencil, but they also grow and harvest their own native woods from which they make the wood casings for their pencils.
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