Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain Pencil Lead - 0.3 mm - 2B

Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain Pencil Lead - 0.3 mm - 2B

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20 leads.

Pencil Lead Hardness (from Wikipedia)

Pencil lead is graded by hardness: a greater percentage of clay results in a harder lead. H (harder), F, HB and B (softer) are pencils of average hardness. Pencils ranging from 2B to 9B are softer still and are used for sketching; 2H to 9H are harder than average. A common American #2 pencil is equivalent to HB.

In order, the leads are (from hardest to softest) 9H | 8H | 7H | 6H | 5H | 4H | 3H | 2H | H | F | HB | B | 2B | 3B | 4B | 5B | 6B | 7B | 8B | 9B.

The harder the pencil the lighter the mark, e.g. Bs tend to a create darker colour that can be smeared easily.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good lead, very...
June 5, 2016
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Pretty good lead, very smooth. Only issue is that it broke easily, but it's a thin lead. So I expected it.
This is my favourite...
December 25, 2014
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This is my favourite .3mm 2b lead. The case design is nifty, and a toss-up between other brands; I never lose the cap but it has flipped open and lost precious cargo in a busy backpack.
Very smooth without leaving...
May 12, 2014
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Very smooth without leaving too much lead crumbles. It's dark, even if not as dark as I expected. Excellent for drafting and even writing, as the ain high-polymer lead is much more resistant than regular lead, so you can lean your mechanical pencil. Yes, it does run fast, but that should be expected from a 2B, specially 0.3mm, right? Finally, the whole process of ordering and receiving the lead ran very smoothly, service was great, it was delivered before the deadline. :)
So soft and smooth, the...
March 27, 2012
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So soft and smooth, the lines are nice and dark, but people are right about the lead running down quickly so just keep that in mind. Worth buying at least one of these to try out though. :)
This lead is excellent,...
May 30, 2010
This lead is excellent, but yes very easy to break with many pencils. For a long time, I tried, without success, to use the 2B with a Pentel S473, but 2 clicks would bring the lead too far out to avoid breakage. It eroded quickly enough that 1 click would result in me rubbing the pencil sleeve against the paper. Very frustrating, and almost made me give up entirely on 0.3mm (HB isn't dark/smooth enough in my opinion).

However, with a GraphGear 1000, a couple clicks is just the right length, where the lead doesn't break so easily and doesn't vanish completely right away. It's great for situations where I can't sharpen, but want a nice smooth dark lead in a fine line.

In terms of darkness, it really doesn't compete with the best wooden pencils, but Ain in 2B is pretty dark and rich. Not a bad lead at all, and one of the best options conventionally available in my opinion.