Bruynzeel has assembled a collection of single graphite pencils in a variety of lead grades. From soft to hard lead, there is a pencil available for any drawing or sketching need.
Each pencil is made from a clay and graphite core in a wooden casing and, unlike other graphite pencils, does not actually contain any lead. The ratio of clay to graphite determines the hardness, so the more clay included within the pencil, the harder the pencil is - and therefore the more intense the shade will be when drawing or sketching.
If you are looking for a harder pencil, we recommend the H grade. Alternatively, if you're looking for a softer pencil, B grade is best suited to you. We offer H grades ranging from 1 to 4, and B grades ranging from 1 to 6, including HB. HB is a mixture of hard and soft, often used in schools.
What's the difference between lead grades?
Pencils of a harder grade are preferred amongst designers and architects as they are perfect for precise and accurate lines and drawings. They can still be used for expressive drawings, particularly ideal for creating contrasted lighter and darker areas. Soft pencils are better suited to artists who are looking to add depth and texture to their sketches, useful for shading in larger areas.