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


Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain Pencil Lead - 0.3 mm - 2B - PENTEL C253-2B
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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.




Specs
Model NumberPENTEL C253-2B
Shipping Weight0.20 oz

Reviews
  Very smooth without leaving..., May 12, 2014
By felipehindi - See all my reviews
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
By aev... - See all my reviews
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
By xiaomage - See all my reviews
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.
  Love the dark lines,..., May 5, 2010
By chi... - See all my reviews
Love the dark lines, only problem is how fast it wastes... I find half the lead clumping on the tip of my pencil...
  this lead is good for..., November 18, 2008
By zh_mad - See all my reviews
this lead is good for drawing and writing for my 0.3 pencils,this is highly recomended
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