Pencils for writing and sketching
Artists, writers and craftsmen have been using pencils for millennia to make sketches, make notes and mark workpieces. To this day, the pencil is the first choice for many people because it runs quickly and easily over paper. If something needs to be corrected, it is just as easily erased. Discover pens for school, hobby and everyday office life!
The pencil through the ages
Nowadays, pencils only contain lead in their names. While lead pencils were used to draw and write until the Middle Ages, pencil leads are now made of graphite and clay.
The mixing ratio of the two largely determines the degree of hardness. The higher the graphite content of the pencils, the softer the lead. But the firing process also affects the hardness of pencils.
Different degrees of hardness for different purposes
A distinction is made between four basic strengths: H and F are the harder pencils that are suitable for technical drawings. Once sharpened, a hard pencil retains its precision for a long time.
Medium-hard graphite pencils of strength HB run smoothly over the paper and are therefore particularly suitable for notes and other paperwork.
The soft pencils with the abbreviation B (for black) leave a particularly dark shade on the paper. Artists in particular use the deep black pencils because they are particularly easy to blur.
Special types of pencil
The all-rounder is the carpenter's pencil with the HB hardness. The flat pen with a square-oval cross-section differs in shape and use from other pencils. Because he writes even on rough surfaces like wood. The carpenter's pencil is usually sharpened with a knife, not a sharpener.
A protective cap is recommended for the transport of high quality mechanical pencils. It prevents users from sticking to the mine. Copy pens are document-safe. In contrast to other pencils, writing can not be easily erased with the copy pen.
In case of pencils or mechanical pencils, the lead is not encased in wood, but in metal or plastic. The high-quality writing implements lie optimally in the hand because they do not lose their length due to sharpening. Instead, refill pencils with leads.
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Faber-Castell is one of the leading pencil manufacturers. In our online shop you will find high-quality writing implements from other brands such as Blackwing or noble Faber-Castell pencil sets, the ideal gift for anyone who likes to draw, write or sketch.