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View Pencils by Lead Grade

As pencils are used for a variety of writing, drawing and tracing, lead hardness is an important property for achieving your desired result. Hard lead (H) is required for light lines, whereas soft, black lead (B) is required to make dark, thick lines. View our selection of pencils by lead grade to find the right lead for the task at hand.

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2B Lead Grade
The 2B lead grade falls in the 14th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 2B is a somewhat soft lead grade, for creating smooth, dark lines with some hardness and fineness. Great for creating quick, somewhat heavy lines with little friction.
2H Lead Grade
The 2H lead grade falls in the 9th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 2H is a somewhat hard lead grade, for creating light, fine lines with some darkness and smoothness. Great for technical drawing and outlining.
3B Lead Grade
The 3B lead grade falls in the 15th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 3B is a somewhat soft lead grade, for creating smooth, dark lines with some hardness and fineness. Great for creating quick, somewhat heavy lines with little friction.
3H Lead Grade
The 3H lead grade falls in the 8th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 3H is a somewhat hard lead grade, for creating light, fine lines with some darkness and smoothness. Great for technical drawing and outlining.
4H Lead Grade
The 4H lead grade falls in the 7th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 4H is a moderately hard lead grade, for creating light, fine lines. Great for technical drawing and outlining.
5B Lead Grade
The 5B lead grade falls in the 17th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 5B is a moderately soft lead grade, for creating smooth, dark lines. Great for creating quick, heavy lines with minimal friction.
5H Lead Grade
The 5H lead grade falls in the 6th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 5H is a moderately hard lead grade, for creating light, fine lines. Great for technical drawing and outlining.
6B Lead Grade
The 6B lead grade falls in the 18th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 6B is a moderately soft lead grade, for creating smooth, dark lines. Great for creating quick, heavy lines with minimal friction.
6H Lead Grade
The 6H lead grade falls in the 5th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 6H is a moderately hard lead grade, for creating light, fine lines. Great for technical drawing and outlining.
7B Lead Grade
The 7B lead grade falls in the 19th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 7B is a moderately soft lead grade, for creating smooth, dark lines. Great for creating quick, heavy lines with minimal friction.
7H Lead Grade
The 7H lead grade falls in the 4th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 7H is a hard lead grade, for creating light, fine lines. Great for technical drawing and outlining.
8B Lead Grade
The 8B lead grade falls in the 20th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 8B is a very soft lead grade, for creating broad, dark lines. Great for creating quick, heavy brush-like lines with no friction.
8H Lead Grade
The 8H lead grade falls in the 3rd position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 8H is a very hard lead grade, for creating very light, fine lines. Great for technical drawing and outlining.
9B Lead Grade
The 9B lead grade falls in the 21st position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 9B is a very soft lead grade, for creating broad, dark lines. Great for creating quick, heavy brush-like lines with no friction.
9H Lead Grade
The 9H lead grade falls in the 2nd position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). 9H is a very hard lead grade, for creating very light, fine lines. Great for technical drawing and outlining.
B Lead Grade
The B lead grade falls in the 13th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). B is a somewhat soft lead grade, for creating smooth, dark lines with some hardness and fineness. Great for creating quick, somewhat heavy lines with little friction.
F Lead Grade
The F lead grade falls in the 11th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). F is considered 1 of the 3 central positions, dark enough to read whilst hard enough to minimize smudging.
H Lead Grade
The H lead grade falls in the 10th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). H is considered 1 of the 3 central positions, dark enough to read whilst hard enough to minimize smudging.
HB Lead Grade
The HB lead grade falls in the 12th position of 22 on the widely recognized 10H-10B scale (H=hard, B=black). HB is considered 1 of the 3 central positions, dark enough to read whilst hard enough to minimize smudging.