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Personally, this lead...
March 28, 2012
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Personally, this lead suits me perfectly. It has never broken on me except for when I've accidentally dropped the pencil and it landed at an awkward angle. I'm a little heavy handed when it comes to drawing but it's still held up strong for me as long as the lead isn't way too far out.

While it claims that it doesn't smudge, it does, but far, far less than any other lead I've ever used does. Normally I'm covered in graphite, but this lead reduces it by at least 90%, making my paper much cleaner when I draw.

You get 15 leads per tube which is 3 more than you'll get with other leads from Pentel.

Also, the case these come in is perfect. You twist the cap, not pop it open, making accidentally spilling and losing all of your lead much harder to do. As I wrote this, I popped open a case of the o.7mm leads to compare them to this lead, and they spilled everywhere.
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I have tried many different...
June 3, 2013
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I have tried many different 0.3 leads, and by far this one is the BEST. Of course it will break because its so fine, but it break way less than any other brand I have tried. As an artist though, the selling point was that it does not smear nearly as much as other brands, nowhere close.
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I love this entire line...
August 10, 2013
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I love this entire line of leads. They rarely break, and I think I have only broken them when banging the pencil against something, not in actual usage. I really like that the top twists open instead of detaching from the container because I can't lose it; also, you won't spill all your leads when pulling off the cap. The Ain Stein leads all seem to mark lighter than the regular Pentel leads in the ugly parallelogram containers, so if you are mixing different hardnesses of them in a drawing you may have to do some test marks to get the darkness you really want. These are a little expensive, but I am picky about what I draw with and I choose these consistently.
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All the Pentel leads...
February 17, 2015
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All the Pentel leads are excellent in uniformity, quality and performance.
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great for fine work...
April 18, 2016
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great for fine work
Great and strong led,...
December 26, 2015
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Great and strong led, although I went through the entire container fairly quickly.
Using these with my new...
October 8, 2015
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Using these with my new set of pentel graphgear 1000 pencils. Keeping them separate from my other leads which are not as good.
Comes with a whole lot...
September 11, 2015
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Comes with a whole lot of lead, and there is NO way you can spill this lead! The cap twists so you can pour the lead out and it's just wonderful.
Very good lead, it's...
July 13, 2015
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Very good lead, it's strong as it promised. I'm a heavy handed artist, and this doesn't break as often as others.
While I have only used...
April 29, 2015
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While I have only used so much of this lead, it works as well as one would hope it to. While it does break easily if used for writing or something that requires force, it works a lot better for sketching and softer work.
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