Batle Studio

Sculptural Graphite Pencils

Hands On

Awed and intrigued by the human hand, San Francisco Sculptor Agelio Batle set out to sculpt his own hand each day for a year. Working in graphite, he carefuly crafted a stunning replica, igniting his pursuit to capture nature's timeless forms in a series of graphite objects.

Each figure is not only a pencil, but an inspiration.
Batle makes his art from materials he finds or uses everyday, like the humble pencil, and his creations reflect his philosophy.

One of his sculpted pencils will last 7 to 9 years with daily use. The graphite is imbued with a ploymer that prevents smudging on the users' hand. Each piece is gift boxed and made in the USA.

Using one of his pencils is like unlocking a door to your personal creativity. See what flows when you add an artistic touch to everyday life.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Agelio

    Hi Grommet Community,

    Agelio Batle from Batle Studio here.

    These are not just graphite objects, but an expression of nature's enduring simplicity -- they are as much sculpture as they are implements for inspiring your own vision. I hope these bring an artistic touch to your everyday life.

  • Jeff
    10/29/2013 1:20 PM

    What an amazing idea! However I did notice a problem with the listing of qualities section. In the pane it says "Will smudge your hand."

    Being as you expressed it was made with polymers to prevent this, I assume this is a typographical error?

    Good luck and I already know what I am buying someone for Christmas!

  • Aaron
    10/29/2013 1:46 PM


    Hi Jeff,

    Aaron from The Grommet here. Thrilled that you like the idea!

    Thank you for bringing the typographical error to my attention, you are correct in that they do not smudge your hand.

    I hope your special someone enjoys the gift!

  • Brenda
    10/29/2013 1:28 PM

    I put the Antler pencil in my cart but notice that it states "will smudge on your hand" this correct?

  • Aaron
    10/29/2013 1:50 PM

    Hi Brenda,

    I apologize, the text was inaccurate. The pencils will not smudge on your hand, that is one of the key benefits of the product.

  • Lidian
    10/29/2013 2:34 PM


    I think I responded to the wrong person (Guinevieve). Sorry.

    Question,... do these pencils' marks erase with a standard Staedtler Mars plastic eraser?


  • Aaron
    10/29/2013 3:01 PM

    Hi Lidian,

    Good question. While they don't smudge, they are still made of graphite, much like regular pencils, so erasers will certainly work!

  • Guinevieve
    10/29/2013 2:06 PM

    i have purchased one these pencils from a boutique in Colorado. they are stunning and simply amazing for anyone who has ever drawn before.

    They DO NOT smudge your hand! I tried to make to just to test the limits - very clean, with a smooth feel when you draw with it. makes a perfect gift

  • Danyelle
    10/29/2013 5:35 PM

    I was wondering if these could be used in place of a regular #2 pencil. I'm not much of an artist but this is too beautiful to pass up. Do you know the lead number on them?

  • Aaron
    10/30/2013 1:09 PM

    Hi Danyelle,

    The pencil is comprised of the same graphite that is in a standard pencil, but overall the graphite is a bit harder than your no. 2.

    All this means is that it will last longer, but you can use it just as you would a normal pencil.

  • Never
    10/29/2013 6:06 PM

    I have the same question as Danyelle. I was interested in purchasing one of these for my daughter and dad both of them are artists, so I also was wondering what the lead number or hardness was for these. Also, Thank You for a new great new way to buy Graphite and give as a gift! Regular pencils although appreciated can get boring.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/29/2013 10:01 PM

    Hi Danyelle and Never,

    That's a good question regarding led #'s. We'll do some research and contact Agelio to find out the correct answer. And yes, these are a great gift and much more fun than a regular pencil.

  • Guest
    10/29/2013 10:32 PM

    I am definitely going to by this for my father-in-law who is still an artist at 86 years old. It's going to blow his mind! Just have to get the wife in on it and pick one. I can also see myself getting one. Absolutely unique!!

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