Mars Lumograph Graphite Pencils
Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencils are high quality drawing pencils with a special lead formulation that has a high break-resistance and does not crumble or create dust. With excellent smudge resistance and erasability, they have an even and smooth flow across paper. Crafted from California cedar from PEFC-certified, sustainably managed forests, the lead is bonded over the entire length of the pencil, ensuring that any breakage is checked at the point. Made in Germany.
The degree scale for pencils runs from B (blackness) which is the softest lead thus making the darkest line with least effort, to H (hardness) that holds the hardest lead for lighter lines. HB in the mid-range is similar to a #2 pencil.
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