Still, I'm a curious cat, and when I saw the Artgraf watercolor graphite, I decided to try it out, thinking that perhaps the water would keep the dust down, and help with the allergy and the mess.
It did help a bit. I still got the tickle in my throat, and my eyes watered some, but I don't think it was quite as bad as usual. It still smeared just a bit.
Some pros and cons. The brush makes a difference. The main difference with most pencils is in the softness of the lead. With a brush, you can spread larger amounts of graphite, getting a darker value quickly. It's difficult to get lines, so you probably wouldn't use it for a line drawing without using ink for the lines as I did here. But with the right brush, you could get lines. You can use a dry brush technique to get a scumbled effect.
The graphite is erasable once it dries, but on this paper at least, it only lightens a bit rather than erasing completely.
I'd thought about doing a thorough review, but, alas, I don't really want to push the allergy, and this will remain a product I use sparingly. I do like it better than pencil, but I still prefer shading with my pen.