Beginner's Guide to Pencils - Pencil Grades

Written By Caitlin Elgin - June 24 2016

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Lee Noga
March 18 2020

Don’t know why but while doing a search on the Internet I cannot find any reference to “P” designated lead for drawing. I think the P stands for Plastic and think this is better lead that won’t smear on mylar or whatever. Where can I find some data on non-smear lead? Strange that I cannot find anything?

Lee Noga
March 18 2020

Don’t know why but while doing a search on the Internet I cannot find any reference to “P” designated lead for drawing. I think the P stands for Plastic and think this is better lead that won’t smear on mylar or whatever. Where can I find some data on non-smear lead? Strange that I cannot find anything?

Shawn
February 03 2020

I have a serious pencil, pen, paper addiction and I just found you. I’m in heaven. :)

Connie Kampas
January 19 2020

Are Straedler pencils the best and if I can’t afford what would you suggest…… your information is very helpful. Thank you for your time.
Connie

a
December 21 2019

Two grades I’ve caught yet unfamiliar with “HH” & “EE”. . .
What do they denote?!!. . .

GEORGE BADUGU
September 27 2019

Good and useful information to me,thankq

Geoffrey
August 17 2019

Going through a box of stuff recently, I found a couple K4 and K5 pencils. Where do these fit in? I can find plenty of charts and explanations for H, B, and even N, but no K. Can anyone help?

Ruby
June 13 2019

This was really helpful for my essay in school

Geoff Campbell
June 06 2019

Find these pencils at an art store. Just as entertaining as a hardware store 😂

BOB
May 19 2019

BOB ;-P if u no wat i mean ;-P

LOVE your pencils!

Diane
February 14 2019

I love your store! Visited your store in Lower east Manhattan but you have moved to Brooklyn now! want to order on line! Love your pencils.

Randolph
February 07 2019

After a little more reading a #3 is a h and a #2.5 is a F.

Randolph
February 07 2019

I’m pretty sure that a #3 is a “H” I have a box of Dixon #3’s and they are labeled H, unless they use some different scale.

Sam
January 04 2019

I found a pencil in a library a while back, and I always wondered why there was no grade on it. It was only by looking here that the little ‘F’ at the end of it IS the grade, and that ‘F’ was a grade at all! Cheers!

Pauline
December 16 2018

I have just bought a graphite sketching set (to use with the Querkies colouring book). thanks for the hints and tips. they were very useful. I am from the UK Wales in fact) that.s why the spelling is different,

Cunninghamcreative
November 25 2018

So is it not true that an F pencil sharpens to a finer point? Never really thought about it but that’s what I was taught, back when the internet was just on dial up computers and not the palm of our hands lol

House of Rhoades
November 14 2018

Very informative with clear and concice to the point, information. Drawing parallels between the two kinds of pencil choices, that is European and American; hardness variations for different uses in business, artistic and personal applications. Thank you too, for a lesson on the wonders of these magnificent, under appreciated tools.

Danny
October 05 2018

Thanks for sharing the information !

Manjunath
August 16 2018

Was looking for information on which grade pencils would be consumed more for sketching.

Thank you.

Incidentally came across
http://www.penciltalk.org/tag/ee-pencil

which talks about EE and EB pencils.

Judy Tattersfield
July 23 2018

Article very interesting, thankyou.
I have two very old pencils (30 years old) Staedtler Mars-Lumograph – one marked “100 EE” the other marked “100 EB”.
Any ideas, please.

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