# What do the different numbers on pencils mean?

## What do the different numbers on pencils mean?

The numbers and letters on the scale show the hardness or softness of the lead/core. If a pencil is marked with a letter H it has a hard lead. The higher the number on a H pencil the harder the lead. A Hard lead pencil will draw alight mark.

## Are there different number pencils?

Lead pencils are graded on a scale from No. 1 to No. 4 based on how much graphite is inside the core. The #1 pencils are the softest, while the #4 pencils are the hardest.

What is the difference between number 1 and number 2 pencils?

Hardness. A #2 pencil is the US designation for an HB pencil, which is a medium-grade pencil. A #1 pencil is softer, so it leaves a darker line, but it wears down faster. In hardness it is between B and 2B, depending on the manufacturer.

Is there a number 4 pencil?

4 Extra Hard Lead, Dozen DIX13884.

### What is the difference between 2B 4B and 6B pencils?

2B is harder than 4B and 4B is harder than 6B. However, these are all on the soft side (B). The following is the standard scale. Hardest is on the left, softest on the right: 10H,9H,8H,7H,6H,5H,4H,3H,2H,H,F,HB,B,2B,3B,4B,5B,6B,7B,8B,8B,10B.

### Is there a #3 pencil?

Ticonderoga Pencils, Wood-Cased #3 HB Hard/Fine, Yellow, 12-Pack (13883)

What is 4B pencil used for?

A “4B” pencil for example can produce lighter marks by reducing pressure, but is also capable of producing darker marks with additional pressure. Take your pencil drawings to the next level.

What is soft pencil?

soft pencil in British English (sɒft ˈpɛnsəl) a type of pencil that contains a thicker, oilier and darker form of graphite. Use a soft pencil rather than an HB.

#### Which pencil is darker 2B or 6B?

The B leads are softer (darker) than their H counterparts. The higher the number in front of the B the softer the lead is. So a 6B will be softer (darker) than a 2B.