Beginner's Guide to Pencils - Pencil Grades

Written By Caitlin Elgin - June 24 2016

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Nandita
June 11 2020

Thank you. This was very helpful.

Kelly Molnar
May 26 2020

Thanks so much, this was a great description!
Happy sketching! :D

Michael
May 17 2020

Nary a reference to erasure. What’s up with that?

Alfred
May 15 2020

I really appreciated the information and tips, I had no idea. I was looking to buy a gift set for my daughter whose beginning art school. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

Edward Smith
May 03 2020

In the phrase:

“The American grading system was initially invented by Nicholas Conte (who also developed a process of binding powered graphite with clay to create different hardnesses)…”

did you mean to say “a process of binding powdered graphite” not “powered graphite”?

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,

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