Not bad lead-- it writes smooth and has a decent colour-- a bit more pink as the
other reviewer mentioned, rather than a true red, but not bad. Biggest drawback
about this lead for me is that it really doesn't erase well. Even light strokes
fail to erase completely. Strange, because its light blue brother erases
completely very easily.
I love this pencil, and more specifically, the lead inside the pencil. It writes
smoothly and erases cleanly. I really wish I could give it a full "Good" rating
except it has two drawbacks: the lead is very soft and even with a light hand
you're constantly clicking out more lead. But worst drawback is that this lead
fades in light, and sometimes very quickly. Even in indirect, artificial light
your lines will fade to barely visible in a few weeks. In bright natural light
I've had my drawing disappear in just a few minutes. I've experienced this on
several different papers (and true, some papers are worse offenders than
others), but this stuff just isn't very light-fast.
-goes under inks nicely