When I first saw these...
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
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