26th November 2019


What do H and B stand for?

Pencils are graded using a continuum from H (hardness) to B (blackness. F (fine) is also used as a midpoint between HB & H. A standard pencil, such as the Ticonderoga wooden pencil shown below, would be graded HB.

Subsequently, one may also ask, is Apsara is a HB pencil?

Apsara brings this Regal Gold HB Pencils, these pencils are perfectly dark for academic use and equally soft for easy writing. This pencil is soft and thus required minimum pressure to write.

What does HB mean on a number 2 pencil?

A pencil's location on the HB graphite grading scale depends on the hardness of its graphite core. The hardness of the graphite core is often marked on the pencil — look for a number (such as “2” “2-1/2” or “3”) — and the higher the number, the harder the writing core and the lighter the mark left on the paper.

Is 2b softer than HB?

B on its own is just a little softer than HB. 2B, 3B and 4B are increasingly soft. Further up the range, 9B is the very softest lead available, but so soft and crumbly that it's rarely used. Anything over 4B is probably too soft for most people's day-to-day use.
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