What's the difference between 2B and HB?

2B and HB are two grades of pencils with different shades. The key difference between 2B and HB pencil is that writing from 2B pencil is darker than that from HB pencil. Moreover, 2B pencils produce very dark lines while HB pencils produce medium line density. What's the darkest pencil lead? From lightest to darkest. 6H is the lightest and hardest grade pencil; 8B is the darkest and softest grade.

What's the softest pencil?

  • The H pencil range: The 9H pencil is the hardest and H pencil is the softest.
  • The B pencil range: The 9B pencil is the softest, and the B pencil is the hardest.

Do 2B pencils smudge? This pencil is soft and dark, so students don't have to press too hard, which can affect their handwriting. It's lightweight and relatively thin — for little hands — and is probably relatively smudge proof because those hands are often clumsy and are dragged through the graphite markings.

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What's the difference between HB 2B 4b and 6B pencils?

The higher the number in front of the B the softer the lead is. So a 6B will be softer (darker) than a 2B. The same goes for lead designated by an H except H leads are hard (light) leads. The higher the number in front of the H the harder the lead will be.