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While researching for...
, May 2, 2012
While researching for sketching supplies I noticed a lack of reviews everywhere
I went. So hopefully this helps someone! Review your purchases people!
I use this lead several times a week when sketching. I then refine the sketches
using black lead or ink. I have no experience with other blue/turquoise leads.
Pros: Great for quick concept sketching (makes even sloppy sketches look good).
Non-photo lead is magical. Black lead and ink applies easily and shows nicely
when applied on top of blue. Convenient case.
Personal Cons: I burn through this lead... a sharp point turns dull in seconds
flat. Soft like a colored pencil.
TL;DR - Great non-photo lead that does it's job well.
| I'm a high school English...
, February 2, 2013
I'm a high school English teacher, and I use a 2 MM lead holder, as my preferred
method, when using a pencil. I bought these leads to help with an issue that's
just part of teaching: making copies isn't something you can do every day, and
when a student needs a copy of an assignment to complete work, your last "clean
copy"--without writing--goes to the kid and not into your files, to make more
for the future. After using these leads for about a month, my "teacher copy" of
assignments--with all of MY writing, notes and ideas--now becomes my "clean
copy." It saves me time, and it keeps me from jockeying with another reality of
school: sharing a printer to produce another "clean copy"!
Additionally: The leads erase pretty cleanly, with any pencil eraser. They're
easy to see on the page, not unlike a lighter, hard pencil lead. In other
words, the color isn't as dark as a standard, softer pencil lead, but it's not
unreadable. The writing is most readable when you keep the non-photo blue lead
sharp. As the fine point wears away, it becomes more like a colored pencil
lead, with a dull/blunt tip. I keep a lead sharpener handy to freshen it up,
and I do have to freshen it more frequently than standard graphite lead. When
you photocopy, you may need to tinker with the setting on the machine. In my
school, I need to scale down the exposure. The black print, from the computer,
photocopies like a dream, and the non-photo blue disappears like magic. I've
since shared my pack of leads with another teacher, and she loves them, too.
This is something I'd highly recommend to all educators!
| This is so-so because...
, August 7, 2012
This is so-so because the clay content in this lead means that it doesn't really
work with some kinds of lead holders. The best bet is one with a clamp
mechanism, not one designed specifically for 2mm lead. I have one for 2mm lead
and this lead just slips in the mechanism to where you can't use it. Works fine
in a simpler, more universal lead holder with a clamp / claw mechanism to hold
any size lead.