Pencil Grading Scales

Pencils

Many pencils across the world are graded on the European system using a scale from "H" (for hardness) to "B" (for blackness), as well as "F", a letter arbitrarily chosen to indicate midway between HB and H. The standard writing pencil is graded HB; this is the most commonly used grade for the office.

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FABER-CASTELL Grip 2001 Graphite Pencils Bx12

Faber-Castell
  • The only one pencil of its kind anywhere in the world...
  • The patented Soft-GRIP zone prevents fingers from slipping while the ergonomic triangular shape ensures fatigue-free writing.
  • The smooth writing leads are specially bonded to prevent breakage while you write.   
  • The pencils are made using reforested wood to be more environmentally friendly.   
  • Box of 12 pencils. Triangular grey/black dot grip barrel.
  • Available in HB and 2B grades.
  • Price each

COLUMBIA Cadet Hexagonal Pencils Bx20

Columbia
61500
  • An economical grey graphite pencil.
  • The ideal everyday pencil partnering quality with value.
  • The cadet pencil range ensures perfect writing for people of all ages.
  • Box of 20 pencils, Hexagonal red barrel.
  • Available in HB and 2B grades.
  • Price each

STAEDTLER® Tradition® 110 Pencils Bx12

Staedtler
  • High-quality hexagonal pencil for writing, drawing and sketching.
  • Suitable for office, home or school use.
  • Break-resistant super-bonded leads. Easy to erase.
  • Easy to sharpen with any quality sharpener.
  • Lead diameter 2 mm - Made in Germany.
  • Box of 12 pencils. Black and Red barrel.
  • Full range of 14 grades (degrees) available.
  • Price each

STAEDTLER® Natural Raw Graphite Pencils HB

Staedtler
  • Quality general purpose hexagonal pencil for writing, drawing and sketching.
  • Natural Raw unpainted finish with one coat of clear lacquer.
  • Suitable for office, home or school use.
  • Superior quality, break-resistant leads. Easy to erase.
  • Easy to sharpen with any quality sharpener.
  • Lead diameter 2 mm - Made in Germany.
  • Available in a Box of 12 or Tub of 100 pencils.
  • Price each 

STAEDTLER® Mars Lumograph® 100 Pencils Bx12

Staedtler
  • Premium-quality, professional pencil for writing, drawing and sketching on paper and matt drafting film.
  • The ideal tool for artists and graphic designers.
  • Break-resistant super-bonded leads.
  • Lines reproduce well. Easy to erase.
  • Easy to sharpen with any quality sharpener.
  • Lead diameter 2 mm - Made in Germany.
  • Box of 12 pencils. Blue barrel.
  • Full range of 14 grades (degrees) available.
  • Price each

STAEDTLER® WOPEX® Graphite Pencils Bx12

Staedtler
  • The first pencil made out of WOPEX, the new natural fibre material made from 70% wood, top quality for writing, drawing and sketching.
  • Manufactured using PEFC-certified wood from sustainably managed German forests 
  • Writes up to TWICE as long as conventional wood-cased pencils.
  • Excellent lead stability and break-resistance. Easy to sharpen. 
  • Box of 12 pencils. Barrel colours relate to grades.
  • Available in HB, 2H and 2B grades (degrees)
  • Price each

COLUMBIA Cadet Round Half Length Pencils Bx10

Columbia
615005HB
  • An ideal everyday pencil partnering quality with value.
  • Little golf-type or bookie's pencils for general purpose use or any time you need a short pencil that fits in your pocket.
  • Suitable for use in Pubs, Clubs, Hotels and RSLs - ideal for use as a keno pencil 
  • HB grade (degree) pencil ensures perfect writing for every use.
  • Box of 10 half length pencils (80 mm) - Red round barrels.
  • Price each

COLUMBIA Cadet Round Half Length Pencils Bx400

Columbia
615005HB
  • An ideal everyday pencil partnering quality with value.
  • Little golf-type or bookie's pencils for general purpose use or any time you need a short pencil that fits in your pocket.
  • Suitable for use in Pubs, Clubs, Hotels and RSLs - ideal for use as a keno pencil 
  • HB grade (degree) pencil ensures perfect writing for every use.
  • Bulk box of 400 half length pencils (80 mm) - Red round barrels.
  • Price each

COLUMBIA Carpenters Lead Pencils Bx10

Columbia
  • Industrial grade lead carpenter pencils.
  • Designed for the hardworking industrial person, the Carpenter range of Columbia pencils will withstand any environment and situation put to it.
  • Medium graphite (Red) for general carpentry requirements.
  • Hard graphite (Green) for marking hardwoods, plastered walls and brickwork.
  • Box of 10 pencils.
  • Price each