Whether you’re sketching models in your art class or creating your next architectural drawing, Trekell has the right graphite pencils for every purpose.
We recently added Staedtler Lumograph pencils to our selection in order to round out our pencil lines with more options for you. In this post, we’ll describe the applications graphite pencils are appropriate for, and some of the features and benefits of each level of hardness.
Like a fine wine, whiskey, or a master pickup artist, the graphite pencils we offer are super smooth. They’re also highly break-resistant. Made in Germany, the wood in Staedtler pencils comes from PEFC-certified, sustainably managed forests.
We chose Staedtler Mars Lumograph graphite pencils and sets to add to our collection because of their quality, durability, and luster. The special lead formulation Staedtler graphite pencils are composed of gives a particular metallic luster in grey tones that work for applications across the board. Draw, hatch, sketch, and write with these high-quality pencils and use them for all professional graphic and artistic needs. We now carry a 12 piece set for drawing, a 12 piece set for sketching, and a la carte single pencils to suit any application.
One of the major qualities of a graphite pencil is its hardness, which refers to how hard the graphite core of a pencil is. The pencil’s hardness is directly related to how light or dark of a mark it leaves on paper.
Hint: look for the letter H on a pencil to discern its level of hardness. If you want a dark mark, choose a pencil graded with the letter B, because these pencils have softer cores and leave varying degrees of blackness (hence the “B”). One more letter to pay attention to is F. This means that you can sharpen the pencil to a fine point, lending precision to your work.
For reference, a good old #2 pencil is roughly the middle of of the HB scale. (We say “roughly” because different countries of manufacture rate on slightly different scales.)
So, what pencil is right for you? Probably several, which is why we offer Staedtler pencil sets containing a range of pencils suitable for drawing or sketching. Let’s break it down by letter grade:
H Grades are smudge-resistant and great for precise, clean lines. If you’re a lefty, you may want to consider H pencils if you don’t want smudges all over your surface or your hand. Use caution when applying pressure with H pencils; the harder the core the scratchier they can become. Not as forgiving as softer pencils, remember that H grades are best for precision and outlines.
Artwork by: Glenn Arthur
F and HB Grades are in the middle of the scale and are most often compared to the basic #2 pencils you may have used in school. Why are pencils of this hardness so popular for general applications? They’re dark enough to see clearly and also smudge-resistant, combining the best of both the H and B worlds.
B Grades are super smooth and buttery, and they’re exceptional for use in sketching as they add depth, dimension, and expression to your work. B grades are easily corrected with an eraser, making them ideal for work that requires finessing along the way.
Be sure to check out all of our graphite pencil sets and singles. We’ve worked hard to build a great selection of pencils. You’re sure to find the ideal instruments to suit all your purposes.
Below are the Staedtler products offered at Trekell -