Rick was kind in sending one of the pencils, that he mentioned in his post, to me. I had the opportunity to try it this afternoon and I must say that it fills a need which I had experienced in using the two retouch dyes made by Retouch Methods. The dyes are very effective in adding density to large areas of the negative, but are limited in controlling density in small areas. This pencil is most effective in that usage. I particularly appreciated the softness of the graphite. I would highly recommend this product to all who are engaged in negative retouching.