February 5, 2011
Ok, it's a 4H. So if you bought this lead expecting to get a discount at the
next county fair, you will be disappointed:)
Seriously, though this is a hard lead that is remarkably strong. One common
complaint against hard leads is that once they wear to a chisel point, the sharp
point can grab the paper and cause lead breakage.
Well, this stuff is strong enough that it's more likely to tear the paper than
to break. Newsprint or similarly cheap paper is a bad idea, as this lead isn't
the right tool for that.
It's not very dark (which is why you buy this lead), but it is remarkably less
scratchy than I expected. Heretofore, the hardest lead I had regularly used was
a Mars 2H in 2mm.
I would say this lead is about as smooth as the Mars 2H--not nearly as scratchy
as a 4H has a right to be.
Also, it is a 4H, so it wears like iron. This one tube will probably be willed
to my kids.
All in all, pretty impressive for an uber-hard 0.5mm lead.
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