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6 pieces for $3.50 is...
October 1, 2008
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6 pieces for $3.50 is quite a deal, at least for where I live. (10 pieces of Faber-Castell cost me $9.25.) The lead is all I could ask for: it writes smooth and consistently, and leaves a nice dark line. Compared to Faber-Castell and Staedtler lead of the same hardness it's noticeably darker, and consequently it wears down a little faster, but not by much. The lead can fit with the stopper in my Staedtler Mars 780 and my Rotring 300, though it has to be modified to fit into a Caran d'Ache Fixpencil 22. Compared to Caran d'Ache's lead, which isn't easy to find and costs quite a bit when found, the Uni lead costs about half as much for the same amount and of the same quality.
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wlawmiller
I´ve recently stopped...
February 26, 2015
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I´ve recently stopped using wooden pencils in my botanical drawing because I can´t deal with their constant changing in length. So I´ve had to find good refills for my Fixpencils. First I tried Mars Carbon: They are superb in the harder grades, 2H, H and HB. Almost as smooth as Mono 100, lovely pearly grays. Wonderful. But the softer grades wear down too quickly, the lead is just too soft. 4B is the only grade of Mars Carbon that gives a decent black, but it is no good for precision work because of its overly softness. The aforementioned smoothness just goes overboard. Faber-Castell, on the other hand, holds its point really well. The harder grades are very hard indeed, not very nice to draw in. The softer grades from 2B up are lovely, but the problem is that Faber-Castell only makes 2mm lead up to 3B! So I turned to Uni, and my problems went away. Really, Uni lead is perfect. The harder grades are delicate and pearly but smooth, very effortless to draw in. The softer grades give wonderful blacks, just when you think 2B is the perfect black you try 3B and its even blacker. And they hold their point better than Mars, which is very important to me. All in all the only brand of lead one could ever need. Smooth enough, hard enough, black enough, a good range of grades from 4H to 4B, cheap enough. Nice retro-looking package of six. Buy them all and enjoy.
By the way, I did some comparing between darknesses in Faber-Castell wooden pencils and Uni 2mm lead, and here´s what I noticed: FC HB = Uni 2H, FC B = Uni H, FC 2B = Uni F, FC 3B = Uni HB, FC 4B = Uni B, FC 5B = Uni 2B, FC 6B = Uni 3B. In both brands the shift from one grade to the next is very even, so that you always know what to expect.
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PG10004ever
After reading some of...
May 11, 2009
After reading some of Alberto's reviews about the Uni, praising it compared to the Staedtler, Faber-Castell, Koh-I-Noor, etc. alternatives, I decided to give them a shot, since I hoped for a dark, smooth lead that would compare with my high-end pencils (Hi-Uni, Palomino, Craft Design Technology).

I was a bit reluctant at first since Mitsubishi also had marketed a Hi-Uni lead alongside the standard Uni, and also for a brief time sold a variety called the "Uni Artis". Both were higher-priced and supposedly came with correspondingly higher performance, but now both are discontinued and becoming rare. I lucked out and sourced some of all three offerings, and spent some time comparing them to discern differences.

While there were some slight differences between the leads, I think that much of it is negated through the use of a substantial leadholder (I use a Staedtler 925-25). The Uni holds its own pretty well, and in HB is quite good. This was a bit of a relief, since I don't know how my luck will be in sourcing the discontinued offerings.

That said, I would still prefer the Hi-Uni or Uni Artis leads if they were readily available and cheaper, but since the Uni is much cheaper, much easier to get, and very very nearly as good as the "premium" versions, it seems to be a no-brainer for anyone who wants to use high-end tools without fear of suddenly running out (Blackwing 602 lovers know what I'm talking about).
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Great item...
February 8, 2015
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Great item
jwcates71
As near as I can tell,...
November 27, 2014
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As near as I can tell, this lead is the same lead as what is in my Hi-Uni HB pencil. It looks identical on the page and feels very good (my lead holders are heavier than the pencil, so I can't do an apples to apples comparison). There is no scratchiness at all and the line is about as dark as my Staedtler Lumograph 2B, but the point lasts longer. This is currently my favorite lead for general purpose writing.

At this price, I think this lead is a tremendous deal.
Good quality product,...
October 20, 2014
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Good quality product, and a very good value - quick shipping and delivery - WILL definitely buy again.
A smooth lead that is...
January 23, 2013
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A smooth lead that is true to labeling - a solid HB, not too light, not too dark.
Yoyochanny
MUCH CHEAPER AND MUCH...
December 9, 2010
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MUCH CHEAPER AND MUCH BETTER THAN OTHER LEADS
seriously if you have a 2 mm lead holder this is definitely the way to go without any hesitation. the lead is perfect
bomccravy
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