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Mechanical Pencil Lead

Choosing the right mechanical pencils and pencil lead for the job means producing your most precise work every time. Whether you need a mechanical pencil for creating art, completing school work or for the office, Staples has a collection of brands and styles that work for any project.

Choosing the Right Mechanical Pencils
Getting the right mechanical pencil makes work easier. For writing, a thicker lead is darker and produces a legible finished project. For technical drawings, thin, strong leads make clean, crisp lines that have staying power, even if touched. Someone who wants to have a unique pencil might choose colored leads, which come in a multitude of hues. A mechanical pencil body with an ergonomic design or a padded base enhances comfort for extended drawing or writing sessions. Refillable pencils are available in multiple sizes. For versatility, some models can accommodate a variety of different lead sizes and colors.

Lead Versus Graphite: Know the Difference
The lead found in pencils is actually graphite. Real lead is toxic, making it unsuitable for use. Graphite received the nickname 'lead' because it was known first as black lead. Today's pencils have various core designs, but most have a graphite and clay core. Cores with less clay create a soft lead while more clay makes the lead harder.

What Types of Leads Are Available?
Pencil leads are available in soft, medium and hard, each with several grades. Soft leads are ranked from 4B, the softest, to B, the hardest of soft leads. These leads create dark lines that are easy to read. They work well for those wanting a bold line. Medium leads include HB and F. Most mechanical pencils come in HB, which creates a medium-value line that has a strong tensile strength. Medium leads are highly visible, making them a good choice for work which will be scanned, copied or printed. Hard leads include H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H and 6H. The lines created with these leads come out light, and each lead resists breakage with an exceptionally hard tensile strength. These leads work well for technical drawings.

What Size of Lead to Choose?
Mechanical pencils come with several sizes of lead. The most common sizes include .03mm, .05mm, and .07mm. For those looking for a thin lead size, .03mm leads are the thinnest. Medium width .05mm lead creates a thicker line, good for writing or technical drawing, while .07mm lines have a thickness ideal for drawing or writing in notebooks. Other possible lead sizes seen less frequently include .9mm, 1.18mm, 1.4mm, 2.0mm, 3.0mm, 3.2 mm and 5.6mm. Mechanical pencil leads come in refill packages marked with the individual sizes, so it's easy to choose the right one for your needs.

What Quantities Do Pencil Leads Come In?
Pencil leads come in a number of quantities, with most containers including 12 to 15 leads. Some specialty leads, like red drafting leads, come in refill sets with 36 or more leads for those who use them regularly. Each set comes with three containers containing 12 leads per container.
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Pentel Super Hi-Polymer® Lead Refills, Medium Point 0.7mm, HB Hardness Lead, 90/Pk
Item : 396786 / Model : C27HBBP3
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  • Super Hi-Polymer lead refills for mechanical pencils
  • 0.7 mm lead
  • Lead color: Black, guaranteed to scan for tests
$4.99
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Pentel Super Hi-Polymer® Lead Refills
Item : SS253187
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  • Fits most refillable mechanical pencils
  • Available in .5mm and .9mm lead
  • Packaging made from 100% recycled content
As low as $4.99
Multiple options available
Staples® #2 Lead Refills
Item : SS1007117
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  • Medium - HB
  • Available in 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead size
  • Staples Brand 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
As low as $3.79
Multiple options available
Paper Mate Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills, 0.5mm, HB #2, 3 Pack (105 Leads)
Item : 47495 / Model : PAP66400PP
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  • Smooth and dark HB #2 leads are perfect for the standardized tests - guaranteed to scan!
  • Accurate, sharp 0.5mm lead allow for less breakage and precise lines
  • Compatible with all 0.5mm mechanical pencils
$5.99
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Paper Mate Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills, 0.7mm, HB #2, 3 Pack (105 Leads)
Item : 45473 / Model : PAP66401PP
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  • Smooth and dark HB #2 leads are perfect for the standardized tests - guaranteed to scan!
  • Accurate, strong 0.7mm lead allow for less breakage and precise lines
  • Compatible with all 0.7mm mechanical pencils
$5.99
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Paper Mate® Mates Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills, 1.3 mm, 12/pk (1868816)
Item : 56544 / Model : 1868816
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  • Set includes one dozen mechanical pencil refills
  • 1.3 mm lead allows for less breakage
  • Mechanical pencil lead is great for standardized tests
$1.99
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Pentel Premium Hi-Polymer® Lead Refills
Item : SS997912
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  • Refills are 40% stronger than regular lead
  • .5mm lead
  • Each lead strand will last as long as a #2 wood pencil
As low as $2.29
Multiple options available
BIC® Velocity® Mechanical Pencil SGK, 0.7 MM, Pink Barrel, 2/Pk
Item : 1097736 / Model : MV7P21SGK
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  • Mechanical pencils with rubber grip to maintain control
  • 0.7 millimeter lead for clear writing
  • Pink barrels for easily spreading awareness
$2.99
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Pentel® Super Hi-Polymer Lead Refill, 0.9mm, 12 packs of 30 (PENC29HB)
Item : 2127048 / Model : PENC29HB
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  • Mechanical Pencil Lead
  • .9 MM lead
  • No eraser included
$19.99
12/Bundle
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Pentel Colored Lead Refills
Item : SS4250597
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  • Colored refill leads for Pentel Mechanical Pencils
  • Strong and resilient
  • Excellent density
As low as $27.79
Multiple options available
Pentel® Refill Lead Blue, 0.7mm, 12 packs of 12 (PENPPB7)
Item : 2127018 / Model : PENPPB7
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  • Mechanical Pencil Lead
  • .7 MM lead
  • No eraser included
$14.99
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Pencil Lead Refills, 0.7 mm, 12/Tb
Item : 772038 / Model : 7510013176422
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  • Lead refills for Pentel® automatic pencils and most others
  • Black
  • 0.7 mm
$4.49
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Pentel Red Drafting Lead Refills .5mm, 36 Leads
Item : 651398 / Model : PPR5BP3-K6
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  • Noted for its strength, resilience and density
  • .5mm lead
  • 3 tubes, 12 leads per tube
$6.09
36 Leads
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Pentel ® Super Hi-Polymer ® Lead Refill, 0.3 mm, HB, Black, 12/Pack
Item : 575548 / Model : 300-HB
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  • Leads/Pack: 12
  • Lead diameter: 0.3 mm
  • Lead color: Black
$1.79
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Listo Marking Pencil Refills, 72 Sticks/Box
Item : SS2150763
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  • Available colors: Black and red
  • Total recycled content: 0%
  • Each marking pencil refill marks on metal, glass or glazed surfaces with a bold wide mark
As low as $10.69
Multiple options available
Staedtler Mars Lumograph Leads B Pack Of 12 (200-B)
Item : 2168405 / Model : 82801
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  • Precise drafting leads
  • Perfect for drafting professionals and artist
  • Superior quality and strength
$14.29
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Sanford® uni-ball® Diamond HB Lead Refill, 0.5 mm, Black, 40/pk (1753230)
Item : 805693 / Model : 1753230
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  • Black lead color for all standard writing needs
  • 0.5 mm refill diameter provides precise writing
  • HB lead hardness for sturdy, reliable writing performance
$4.49
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Pentel® Refill Lead Blue, 0.5mm, 12 packs of 12 (PENPPB5)
Item : 2127019 / Model : PENPPB5
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  • Mechanical Pencil Lead
  • .5 MM lead
  • No eraser included
$14.99
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Staedtler Mars Lumograph Leads Hb Pack Of 12 (200-HB)
Item : 2138198 / Model : 68696
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  • Precise drafting leads
  • Perfect for drafting professionals and artist
  • Superior quality and strength
$14.29
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Baumgartens Lead Refills, 2mm, 12 packs of 5 (BAUM00078)
Item : 2126911 / Model : BAUM00078
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  • Mechanical Pencil Lead
  • 2.0 MM Lead
  • No eraser included
$17.99
12/Bundle
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Pencil Lead Refills, 0.5 mm, 12/Tb
Item : 810659 / Model : NIB013176421
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  • Lead refills for Pentel® automatic pencils and most others
  • Black
  • 0.5 mm
$4.49
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Faber-Castell TK 9400 Clutch Drawing Pencil Leads
Item : SS4250418
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  • Leads can be used for technical drawing, writing, and sketching
  • Ideal for use with Faber-Castell's drawing, illustration, and sketching pencils (TK 9400 Clutch Drawing Pencil)
  • Leads can be individually sharpened and are available in 11 degrees of hardness
As low as $38.19
Multiple options available
Staedtler Mars Lumograph Leads 4H Pack Of 12 (200-4H)
Item : 2168704 / Model : 69803
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  • Precise drafting leads
  • Perfect for drafting professionals and artist
  • Superior quality and strength
$14.29
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Staedtler Mars Technico 2 mm Lead Holder 2 mm [Pack of 2]
Item : 1722242 / Model : 54593-PK2
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  • Sturdy, full featured lead holder for technical drawings and graphic art illustrations
  • Long finger grip places the center of gravity near the drawing surface
  • Knurled grip provides comfortable hold
$29.59
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