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Musings of a Stationery Addict

A Quick Briefing on Pencil Grades

Have you ever wondered why there are different types of pencils? And no, I am not talking about Ticonderoga or mechanical either. I am referring to the graphite in the pencils. Pencils have different types of graphite that vary in how they write on paper. These different types or grades of graphite follow a scale that many pencil manufacturers around the world use called the HB Graphite scale. All grades on this scale differ in how hard or soft the graphite in the pencil is. Generally, the harder the lead is in a pencil, the lighter the shade of the...

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