Very good, strong, and looong lasting leads! This is my first time trying out
leads that are not HB's from local stores. These do not smear and sharpen very
easily with the Staedtler 2mm lead pointer. Highly recommended. (I also recomend
to put these in a different 2mm lead holder than the one it is intended for, to
avoid lead breakedge.)
When I first saw these (and their holders), I dismissed them completely. They
looked like cheap toys, rather than high-quality stationery. However, I
eventually decided to try the leads after they were recommended to me. Long
story short, I was impressed.
They're very, very smooth. Dark too. They are a little on the soft side for
their grade, as is common in many of the high-end Japanese pencils (the leads
are Japanese as well, though the holder is made in China). I hadn't expected
anything special, so it was really a shock to use them the first time. In a
heavier leadpointer, it's a fantastic writing experience.
However, they're not perfect. Even for a B grade, they're a little soft, and
will not retain a super-fine point very long. If you're an ultra-small writer,
these aren't really ideal...but then again, neither is any other B pencil. They
work wonderfully though if your handwriting isn't microscopic.
All in all, this is a great lead. Well worth checking out if you're into