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This Tombow HB pencil is a standard pencil with a very traditional appearance, suited for general writing use. The high-quality eraser erases well, does not harden, and does not leave eraser shavings all over your work. The lead blocks light well, so that anything drawn or written with this pencil looks clear in photocopies and scans. If you're feeling nostalgic for simpler times, just holding this pencil will take you back to your childhood. This pencil comes unsharpened.

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As with my experience...
December 27, 2014
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As with my experience with this pencil's H-hardness sibling, the wood seems brittle. The wood tends to chip or rip rather than smoothly be shaven off. (Of all the pencils I've used with this sharpener, this is the first pencil to do this.)

The general appearance of the pencil is disturbingly like the classic yellow #2 pencils. When compared to its H-hardness sibling, its finish is better with consistent enamel and well-lain stamps. It does have a bit of an "upgraded feel" to the #2 pencil.

The eraser does not work as well on the HB as it does on the H. With HB, the eraser leaves ghosting. This is another eraser that will work in a pinch, but would probably leave the paper muddled otherwise. The eraser has poor durability as well.

This pencil's softness is more suited to my pressure during writing, which is light from years of fountain pen use. On the whole, the lead does have some bite to it, but not all that much -- about on par with many other pencils. The lead does not keep a point for all that long, but the draft of this post was written with only one sharpening. The lead is harder than its Mono cousin of the same grade; but despite this, it appears darker and keeps its point longer. When compared to the Mitsubishi 9850 (HB), it is also darker under pressure. The order ends up being: 2558, Mono, then 9850.

In regards to usability, something is "off" about it. It doesn't scream "Write!" or "Draw!" to me. Maybe it is the unnerving similarity to the yellow #2 pencil and the associated hours of drudgery, but it generally doesn't "feel" inspirational. While on the whole it is a good pencil, it won't be in my rotation due to this last quality.
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This pencil is awesome!...
May 29, 2016
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This pencil is awesome! It is high quality all around: wood, lead, paint, metal band, and eraser. Grippy lead offers great control.
My boys like these for...
May 17, 2016
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My boys like these for there math homework.
I use mine just for general...
May 8, 2016
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I use mine just for general writing, and it surely doesn't disappoint. The pencil has the nice old-school look and feel- its got everything I like, like the nice the scratchy sound when it writes even though it writes so smoothly, and also the classic pink eraser on top (which works incredibly well, like a mini gummy lolly... It's so soft!)
B Ichinomiya
I really like this pencil....
February 22, 2016
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I really like this pencil. I like the thickness of the barrel and the lead is good.

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