Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain Pencil Lead - 0.5 mm - B

Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain Pencil Lead - 0.5 mm - B

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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.

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I've used several types...
February 16, 2008
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I've used several types of lead from Pentel super polymer to premium and then uni-ball and etc other companies. I stumbled across the Ain B as a gift from a friend and I was sold. I use a graph gear 1000 (A Pentel drafting pencil), and with this lead I was able to get a smoother flow of writing in English, Japanese, and Korean. I could make finer details, but most importantly of all it rarely, if ever, broke under any sort of pressure. Make note of this when you have to write a 6 page Philosophy test in 50 min!!
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Overall, not as dark/smooth...
March 2, 2016
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Overall, not as dark/smooth as the Pilot Eno Neox 0.5mm B lead, but a generally OK lead still.
I love Ain lead, I just...
October 31, 2015
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I love Ain lead, I just wish they were still making the 4B! Stein isn't the same! 4B was nice and dark, I miss it! However, I'm still using the other grades in my everyday carry. There's just nothing like Ain lead, and B is excellent for both writing and drawing. Love it!
This lead is definitely...
April 9, 2015
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This lead is definitely useful, and it delivers a great dark line. I was happy with this product, but for my personal use, I was able to write better with a 4B because I am a very light writer. The filling cap on this is also makes the lead very convenient.
I very much like the...
January 26, 2011
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I very much like the darkness of this lead. I am not experienced buying all the different levels of hardness and softness for mechanical lead, although I am pleased with this. I tend to write with a very light touch and a darker lead helps my work show up properly. B is surely dark enough for your average hand, although for one who writes with little or no pressure behind your pencil, I would recommend for you a darker grade. I have no complaint about this product whatsoever, when I draw with slightly more pressure it shows up perfectly. The container itself is even a dispenser, which is just precious.

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