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Prismacolor's Turquoise Leads fit the Prismacolor Turquoise Holder and other 2 mm lead holders. Tiny particles of electronic graphite provide denser, blacker, smoother writing leads.
Turquoise Leads, for use on paper or vellum, measure 5-1/8" long × .078" (130 mm × 2 mm). Each box contains 12 leads of the same degree of hardness.
Prismacolor's Turquoise Leads fit the Prismacolor Turquoise Holder and other 2 mm lead holders. Tiny particles of electronic graphite provide denser, blacker, smoother writing leads. Turquoise Leads, for use on paper or vellum, measure 5-1/8" long × 3/36" (130 mm × 2 mm). Each box contains 12 leads of the same degree of hardness.
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Good quality leads
from California City, CA
Comments about Prismacolor Turquoise Leads:
I like the leads because they are economical and are not easily broken. However, there is no marking on the lead itself to let you know if it is a 2B or a 4h. Other brands of lead have the values marked on the lead. It took awhile for me to figure out which was which after I loaded up several holders.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from summerville, sc
As compared to staedler. Not as good. The lead doesn't seem to be the quality of the 2h that came in the pencil when I bought it. It's darker, and breaks so easy.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Too soft to use
from New York, NY
I used the HB lead that came in with the Prismacolor Turquoise Lead Holder, it was too soft compared to a normal HB pencil or other brands' lead refills I bought. It was almost impossible to do light sketches with it.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Stuck with a bunch of leads
By Ron the Watercolor guy
from Rural Pennsylvania
Like most watercolorists I lightly draw my painting first and prefer a lead holder for the job. For years I used "H" but the new turquoise H leads were so soft they left a greasy residue. when I complained to Prismacolor they kindly sent me replacements of 3H as I requested. Still way too soft and greasy.Sorry guys gotta go elsewhere there doesn't seem to be any real grading of hardness. As professionals we know our tools intimately and notice changes.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Beware! Dramatic change in quality!
from Oberlin, OH
I have been drawing with Turquoise leads for many, many years and have probably used 2H leads more than any other. I am having exactly the same difficulty as JC from New Jersey. Under the Prismacolor branding the 2H leads are at least as soft as HB should be, if not a bit more so. In addition, the strength of the 2H leads is greatly degraded. It is virtually impossible to draw at all with a brand new, needle point on the lead, which should not be the case - and didn't used to be. And using modest pressure will break off the entire point, which wasn't true ion the past either. . . Very sad - after all this time to have an old, trusted tool wimp out on you. It's not a matter of an odd, mislabeled box either. I buy leads several dozen at a time and all the new boxes of 2h I have on hand are pretty much the ame.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear you did not have a satisfying experience with this product. Please know that if you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund. We ask that you contact our Customer Care Center at 800-723-2787 within 30 days so that the exchange, refund, or credit transaction can be arranged to your satisfaction.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Harder than marked and gritty.
By Long time Customer
from Eugene, OR
The 4B I bought is too hard. The lead is not smooth. As I draw I will hit a piece of grit in the lead. I am going to avoid this brand.
(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Use 4B to Draw Images before Watercolor
from South Texas
While I have not tried other brands I have used Sanford 4B's to pencil in images softly before applying watercolor. I am quite pleased with the results and have reordered.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Stick with Staedtler
from New Jersey
I am having the opposite problem as the reviewer above me. I purchased 2h leads from Dick Blick with the new Prismacolor branding. The 2h lead I bought from here is way too soft I should not be able to get the same dark stroke color I would from an HB lead as I am getting from these 2h leads and that's with slight pressure. The 2h leads are also extremely grainy and are absolutely impossible (unless you have an angelically soft touch) to do any fine and light detail work without carbon residue. I pretty much have to stick an hb sticker on these 2h boxes and use them as such. Better get your act together Prismacolor 2h lead holder lead should not feel like the soft lead in one of your colored pencils!
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Merchant response: We are sorry to hear you did not have a satisfying experience with this product. Please know that if you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund. We ask that you contact our Customer Service Department at 800-723-2787 within 30 days so that the exchange, refund, or credit transaction can be arranged to your satisfaction.
(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
lead hardness doesnt match the lead.
from West Virginia
i'm not sure if it's being manufactured differently, but there's a definite difference in the hardness of the leads now that they are part of prisma color and not sanford. the 4b lead is more like an hb or even h. very hard. ordered two boxes to make sure it wasn't a mistake in packaging and both were the same. lead hardness is something that varies from company to company, but this is a bit extreme. the difference is clearly evident when you compare it to another lead like staedtler, where the 4b is much softer. hopefully dickblick will carry an alternative
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