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May 2, 2012
While researching for...
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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.

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February 2, 2013
I'm a high school English...
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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!

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phronistery
 
March 20, 2014
My least favorite leads...
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My least favorite leads between Staedler, Kaweco and these.

kyaaaaaaaaaah
 
August 7, 2012
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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.

blgollnick
 
December 11, 2013
Can't erase my sketches...
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Can't erase my sketches with this one? Why?

maxgustafson