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I use these leads to...
October 10, 2014
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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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The red 0.5 lead Mars...
October 29, 2010
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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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Confirming this lead...
January 18, 2015
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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.
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This lead is garbage....
March 18, 2011
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This lead is garbage. It breaks too easily. It's rough and drags on the paper.
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For my purposes, this...
February 23, 2015
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For my purposes, this lead didn't really work that well. I had hoped to use it when taking notes to call out certain portions of text, but the lead drags, almost feeling waxy; the resulting written text is very light. I'm now only using it with small text stencils, which it works well for. This same review also applies to the blue version of this product, which I also purchased and experienced exactly the same results with.
It's a nice color on...
February 6, 2015
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It's a nice color on paper, but doesn't erase well.
Good leads, I have a...
January 3, 2015
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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
You need a light hand...
November 24, 2014
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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.
Love it, love that it...
November 10, 2014
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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
Poor and very light....
February 17, 2014
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Poor and very light. Would not recommend.
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