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Alvin
Alvin Constant Drawing Lead 5018 (plastic sliding tray box)
Alvin Paramount Constant Drawing Lead 5018 (paper box)
Alvin Constant Drawing Lead 5018 (plastic slide end box)
Alvin Constant Drawing Lead 5018 (plastic sliding tray box)
Alvin Constant Drawing Lead 5018/3 (plastic pouch)
Alvin Constant Drawing Lead 5018/3 (plastic pouch with red swoosh graphic)
Alvin Constant Drawing Lead 5018/3 (black paper tube)
Alvin Constant Drawing Lead 5018/2 (plastic tube)
Alvin Vocational Quality Drawing Lead 5019 (plastic slide end box)
Caran d’Ache
Cardinell
Cardinell
Conté / Gilbert  
Conté Alaska 1003
Criterium
Gilbert Conté Heliograph
Gilbert 7657 Bleu color
Gilbert 7605 Bleu color
Criterium Colored color
Dahle  
Dahle Zeichen Minen
Damascus / Richard Best Pencil Co.
Damascus
Dietzgen
Dietzgen Designo
Dietzgen Designo
Dixon
Dixon Eldorado
Dixon Typhonite Eldorado
Dixon F.T.R. film
Dixon FTR film
Eagle / Berol / Sanford
copying
Eagle Turquoise 2375
Berol Eagle Turquoise 2375
Berol Turquoise 2375
Sanford Turquoise 2375
film
Eagle Turquoise 2 mm Colored Lead Boxes color
Eagle Turquoise 2 mm Colored Lead Boxes color
Eagle Turquoise 2 mm Colored Lead Boxes color
Eagle Turquoise 2 mm Colored Lead Boxes color
Eagle Turquoise 2 mm Colored Lead Boxes color
Ecobra
Ecobra
Emgee / Rollex
Rollex Copying Lead color
Rollex Colored Lead color
A.W. Faber / Faber-Castell
A.W. Faber Polygrade Lead
A.W. Faber Drawing Lead 2011
A.W. Faber Castell TK 9070 (glass tube)
A.W. Faber Castell TK 9071 (glass tube)
A.W. Faber Castell 9030 (USA, opaque green tube)
A.W. Faber Castell 9030 (USA, transparent green tube)
Faber-Castell 9071 (plastic top box)
Faber-Castell 9030
Faber-Castell 9071
Faber Castell 9032
Faber Castell 9040/9045Faber Castell 9040/9045
A.W Faber Castell Winner
Faber-Castell Goldfaber 2021 (plastic top box)
Faber-Castell Goldfaber 2021 (slide open)
Faber-Castell Filmar color
A.W. Faber Castell 9130 Copying Lead film
A.W. Faber Castell TK Color 9180 color
color
color
color
sketching
Eberhard Faber
Eberhard Faber No. 6100 Microtomic Van Dyke
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100
Eberhard Faber No. 6100 Microtomic Flip-Top
Eberhard Faber Colorbrite 3100 color
Eberhard Faber No. 3100 Colorbrite Flip-Top color
Johann Faber
Faber-Castell Goldfaber 2021 (plastic top box)
Faber-Castell Goldfaber 2021
Fedra
Fedra Constant 553
General Pencil Co.
General Kimberly 526
Haack
Haack Bleiminen
Haack Farbminen film
Keuffel & Esser Co.
Keuffel & Esser Paragon 3325 Lead new
film
L&C Hardtmuth / Koh-I-Noor
Koh-I-Noor 2200 new
Koh-I-Noor 2200-I Ejectomatic (late style)
Koh-I-Noor 2200-I
Koh-I-Noor 2222 Glidomatic
Koh-I-Noor 2200/Duo
Koh-I-Noor 2200-M Koh-I-Lar Ejectomatic (early style) film
Koh-I-Noor 2200-M Koh-I-Lar Ejectomatic (late style) film
film
sketching
sketching
sketching
sketching
sketching
Koh-I-Noor 2200-I Color Ejectomatic (early style) color
Koh-I-Noor 2200-I Color Ejectomatic (late style) color
Koh-I-Noor 2200-I Color color updated
Koh-I-Noor 2200-I Color color new
L&C Hardtmuth 2601 Black Chalk Refills color
Koh-I-Noor 2512 colored lead color new
Koh-I-Noor White Chalk Leads color
Lamy
Lamy M43 Lead sketching Lamy M42 abc Lead
color
Lyra
Mitsubishi / UNI
Pentel
Pentel Multi 8 Colored Lead colored
Ofrex
Ofrex Copying Lead color
Ofrex Color Lead colored
Renta
Rexel
colored
Ruwe Pencil Co.
film
Schwan-Stabilo
Schwan Stabilo 8125
Scripto
sketching
Staedtler
Staedtler Mars 1903
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 1904 new
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 1904
Staedtler Mars-Lumograph 1904 tube (France)
Staedtler Mars Lumograph new
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 200 leads
Staedtler Mars Carbon 200 leads new
Staedtler Mars-Lumograph 200 tube
Staedtler Mars-Lumograph 200 tube
Staedtler Tradition 1900 tube (France)
Staedtler Noris 202
Staedtler Mars Lumograph Duralar 1905 film
Staedtler Mars Dynagraph film
Staedtler Mars Lumochrom (paper box) color
Staedtler Mars Lumochrom (fliptop) color
Staedtler Mars Lumograph (rolltop) color
Vemco / TEC
Venus / American Pencil Co.
Venus Refill Leads
Venus Drawing Leads
Venus Drawing Leads
Venus Drawing Leads
Venus Drawing Leads

Drawing Lead


This website is going to kill me, I know it.

As I’ve collected drafting leadholders, my unintended collection of lead has also grown. I had collected for years without giving lead a second thought unless I ran out of the degree I was using. Many times I would buy a group of drafting tools to get a nice pencil and among the extras would be lead for the pencil. Occasionally, I began to be struck by the design of a lead box and the way its design reflected the pencils made by the same manufacturer.

I thought to myself, I thought, “Gee, this lead box is pretty neat.” Another thought would occur, “Maybe there are lots of neat lead boxes around that I just never really looked at.” I was not completely off. There are some interesting ones (the Koh-I-Noor Ejectomatic comes to mind).

Sometimes part of me would think, “Boy, there sure are a lot of different kinds of lead. Wouldn’t it be cool to have one of every degree and color and box style from all the different lead makers?” Then another part of me would say something like, “No.”

But the obsessive part of me would, if not win out entirely, at least influence the whole of me to organize the lead boxes and put them on Leadholder. But that sensible part of me keeps nagging, “Stop it! What the hell are you doing playing with those smelly boxes? Go DO something!” When that happens I stop for a while.


The Thick Lead Problem: Lead Utilization in Thick Lead Pencils


The diagram below demonstrates the inherent inefficiency of lead utilization in thick lead drafting:

Diagram of The Thick Lead Problem

a and b The freshly sharpened point of a lead becomes blunt as a line is drawn. c The red area is the portion of the lead that was transferred to the paper, the blue area is the portion of lead removed in the repointing process. d shows in red the portions of the lead transferred to the paper as the process of drawing and pointing is repeated. This is what proponents of thin lead pencils like to point out: Only a thin core of the lead is utilized and most of the lead is simply reduced to powder in the lead pointer.

Well, la-de-frickin-da. I love pointing leads with a good pointer. You just don't get that thrill with thin lead pencils.