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

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

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Pack includes 40 leads. High-quality pencil lead from Pentel Japan that is strong, writes smooth, and comes in a variety of sizes and pencil lead hardness.

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

Smooth writing and great...
December 17, 2014
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Smooth writing and great for drawing/sketching. I have not had a problem with the lead breaking, either.
Loved it. ...
November 5, 2014
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Loved it.
I have finally found...
June 2, 2009
I have finally found .5 lead that doesn't break with the slightest pressure. I like the finer lead but have found it nearly impossible to use due to breakage. I am not a heavy writer and therefore I always found it irritating that my leads would break so easily. Once my leads arrived from Jetpens, I immediately loaded them into my Lamy Spirit and put the pressure on and was pleased that I literally had to make a conscious effort to break them. Good product, my recommendation to the heavy handers and the not so heavy handers.