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Intended for use with the Faber-Castell TK 9400 Clutch Drawing Pencil, these handy refill packs assure you'll never run out of pencil lead.
Each lead measures 2 mm and fits securely in the TK 9400, held in place by the pencil's powerful jaws.
Choose from a variety of grades of hardness. Each pack includes 10 leads of the same grade.
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A review of the HB Faber Castell TK 2mm lead only
By Bob Katt
from Near the Carl Sandburg NHS, NC
Comments about Faber-Castell TK 9400 Drawing Pencil Lead:
For: Strength, surface regularity, value, versatilityAgainst: Hardness grading, available only in 10-packsThe Faber-Castell leads are direct competitors to Staedtler's Mars Carbon leads, and as such, they offer some distinct advantages. The first is degree availability. The TK 2mm leads are available in 11 degrees of hardness from 3B-6H (although Blick does not currently have 5H or 6H), while Staedtler now offers only 7 degrees. The second advantage is price: Staedtler leads are noticeably more expensive, costing about 60 percent more on a suggested-retail, per-lead basis than Faber-Castell. As regards performance and quality, the Faber-Castell TK leads will not disappoint. Surface imperfections simply do not exist, so you can expect smooth, flawless lines as you draw or write. Likewise, the leads are strong and highly-resistant to breaking, so they should not fail in ordinary use or in lead pointers (regardless of the type of pointer used). Although these do not have the striated flutings of Staedtler leads, the TK leads will not slip out of a properly-functioning clutch, and they should fit any standard-sized lead holder. Drawbacks are few. The lead grading takes some accustomation. On Faber-Castell's website they claim that, if a #2 lead hardness is desired, a customer should order B hardness leads, not HB as is the usual case. In my own experience, I can attest that the HB Faber-Castell lead does seem harder and lighter than other HB leads I have used. Indeed, it seems more like a #2 1/2 or F grade. Whether similar apparent incongruities exist with other grades, I have yet to determine. Therefore, I would urge interested parties to contact Faber-Castell directly with specific questions about other lead grades.As far as availability goes, one is stuck with buying the full pack of 10, as no single leads or small sample packs are offered. Finally, bear in mind that although Dick Blick lists these as "TK 9400" leads, the correct product number is TK 9071, so remember this should further information be required from other sources. Verdict: a fine alternative to other 2mm leads once one becomes acclimated to the rather unusual grading system.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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