For ages I have wanted to try out graphite powder, but the biggest problem is that it’s not cheap, and if I didn’t get on with it, it would be a waste of money. Well I did some searching and there are possibilities away from the art supply industry. The local cobbler/ key cutter came up with the goods. You see the DIY market produces a powdered graphite lubricant, it is a dry lubricant so great for stiff locks in the winter. I bought a pot and home I went to see if it would work. I expect you could guess by now that it did NOT let me down, because it warranted a blog post 😀, infact it did better than I had thought, the little pot of powder was also water soluble, equalling many of the leading art brands of powder graphite, obviously I have no basis for comparison on this non art product, but I don’t feel the need as it did everything I wanted , happy days. Now would an eraser work on it? Well yes of course, it performed to perfection. I guess really graphite is graphite, however you buy it, so no need for expensive art product packaging, with increased prices. Here is a picture I did from a Sktchy app photo, all done mixing the powder with water. Also a Photo of a small test sheet showing some tonal abilities of powdered graphite , eraser ability and of course the basic smudging, which I forgot to mention above. There is no brand as such on the packet, so here is a photo of the pot, but I would guess that most brands of lubricant graphite powder would work the same way?