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October 10, 2014
I use these leads to...
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I use these leads to sketch underneath comic pages and illustrations. They're more precision and less fuss compared to similar red pencils and leads, but here's the breakdown:

The marks do NOT want to erase. Not even a little.
The lead is still quite delicate and snaps off easily. I don't recommend it for writing and you should keep and eye on how far you advance your lead.

This is a true red. Not pink or purple, as I've run into with other brands.
The point is nice and sharp. Good for precise lines.
Less smudging than Prismacolour or Staedtler leads.
No problems with catching, snagging or sliding on different surfaces. I've used it on toothy sketchbook paper, smooth and vellum surfaces.

I've come to rely on it as my main "clean" sketching lead. Definitely give it a try if you're doing page layouts or inking.

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March 18, 2011
This lead is garbage....
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This lead is garbage. It breaks too easily. It's rough and drags on the paper.

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October 29, 2010
The red 0.5 lead Mars...
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The red 0.5 lead Mars Micro Color by Staedtler remains unsurpassable. Pentel is still far away. I have tried any and all red leads.

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January 18, 2015
Confirming this lead...
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Confirming this lead will break easy, and it does NOT erase well.

For the shear fact that you cannot press on the lead without it breaking, it will not give you full color on your page.

Maybe good for a artist? Drafting and writing no.

January 3, 2015
Good leads, I have a...
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Good leads, I have a heavy hand at times so they are prone to breaking plus wears fast on the paper I use. However I still really like this lead

November 24, 2014
You need a light hand...
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You need a light hand to write with these without the lead breaking, but then it's rather pale. I don't think I'll be able to use these.

November 10, 2014
Love it, love that it...
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Love it, love that it is stronger than previous ones as advised and it doesnt smudge, did great for me and inks lay over it well

February 17, 2014
Poor and very light....
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Poor and very light. Would not recommend.

February 2, 2014
The lead breaks very...
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The lead breaks very easily and requires a rather firm pressure to leave a mark on the page. So, you either press hard enough to make a mark and break the lead, or avoid breaking the lead which prevents anything more than a hairline, super-light, illegible marking.

February 20, 2013
Being new to the colored...
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Being new to the colored lead fad I decided to buy the three biggest brands of 0.5mm lead. Staedtler Mars MIcro (blue), UNI-ball (red), and Pentel Stein (red). I wanted to buy each brand in red but mars was only offered in blue.

Erasability: Both the Pentel and Mars leads were impossible to erase and act like an indelible pencil. The UNI however erased as easy as normal graphite. (I tried using both normal pencil erasers as well as the premium hi-polymer erasers).

Durability: Both the Pentel Stein and the UNI appeared to be fairly comparable in their durability (the UNI may be slightly stronger). The MARS lead reminded me of those 2 foot long rubber pencils that you use to play with as a kid (huge fail)

The left handed smudge: writing more like an indelible pencil both the MARS and Pentel appeared to be resistant to smudging. Although the UNI smudged noticeably less than a standard graphite lead it could not compete with the other two.

Color and depth: Both the Mars and UNI appear to write with a deeper and smooth feel while the Pentel offers a slightly more crisp feel.

Overall I am most impressed with the UNI however will be investing in the Pentel because I need an indelible pencil for work.

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