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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 pencils, including top 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 Pencil 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. If you are shopping for new back to school supplies, most curriculums require a number 2 pencil. 

What Size Pencil 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. Staples carries an extensive line of pencils and other great office supplies to select from. 

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Pentel Super Hi-Polymer® Lead Refills, Medium Point 0.7mm, HB Hardness Lead, 90/Pk
Item : 396786
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  • Super Hi-Polymer lead refills for mechanical pencils
  • Lead color: Black, guaranteed to scan for tests
  • Reduced breakage
$4.99
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Pentel® Super Hi-Polymer Lead 0.5mm H 12/tube(C505-H)
Item : 500306
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  • Super Hi-Polymer lead refills for mechanical pencils
  • 0.5 mm lead
  • Hard - H
$1.49
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Paper Mate Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills, 0.5mm, HB #2, 3 Pack (105 Leads)
Item : 47495
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  • High-quality HB-grade lead refills
  • Black
  • 0.5mm
$5.99
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Paper Mate Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills, 0.7mm, HB #2, 3 Pack (105 Leads)
Item : 45473
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  • High-quality HB-grade lead refills
  • Black
  • 0.7mm
$5.99
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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
Pentel Red Drafting Lead Refills .5mm, 36 Leads
Item : 651398
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  • Noted for its strength, resilience and density
  • .5mm lead
  • 3 tubes, 12 leads per tube
$6.09
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Pentel Super Hi-Polymer® Lead Refills, 0.5mm, HB, 90 Leads
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
Paper Mate® Mates Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills, 1.3 mm, 12/pk (1868816)
Item : 56544
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  • Lead refills Paper Mate Mates mechanical pencils
  • Black
  • 1.3mm
$1.99
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Pentel Colored Lead Refills blue 0.7 mm tube of 12 [Pack of 24]
Item : SS4250597
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  • Colored refill leads for Pentel Mechanical Pencils
  • Strong and resilient
  • Excellent density
As low as $37.49
Multiple options available
BIC® Velocity® Mechanical Pencil SGK #2 0.7 MM Pink Barrel 2/Pk (MV7P21SGK)
Item : 1097736
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  • 0.7 MM point size
  • Soft rubber grip for writing comfort and control
  • Refillable
$3.49
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Pentel ® Super Hi-Polymer ® Lead Refill, 0.3 mm, HB, Black, 12/Pack
Item : 575548
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  • Lead diameter: 0.3 mm
  • Lead color: Black
  • Lead degree (hardness): HB
$1.79
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Pentel Super Hi-Polymer Refill Leads 2B 0.5 Mm Tube Of 12 [Pack Of 24] (24PK-C505-2B)
Item : 2138251
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  • Very strong and flexible hi-polymer graphite and carbon lead
  • Each tube contains 12 leads
  • hardness: 2B
$23.99
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Staedtler Mars Lumograph Leads Hb Pack Of 12 (200-HB)
Item : 2138198
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  • Perfect for drafting professionals and artist
  • Superior quality and strength
  • 2mm diameter
$14.29
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Sanford Turquoise Lead Holder No. 10 Lead Holder (10C)
Item : 2134764
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  • Push button lead release
  • Rifled jaws
  • Lightweight aluminum barrel
$9.99
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Staedtler Mars Technico 2 mm Lead Holder 2 mm [Pack of 2]
Item : 1722242
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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
$24.49
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Pentel Super Hi-Polymer Refill Leads F 0.7 Mm Tube Of 12 [Pack Of 24] (24PK-50-F)
Item : 2137640
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  • Very strong and flexible hi-polymer graphite and carbon lead
  • Each tube contains 12 leads
  • hardness: F
$23.99
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Pencil Lead Refills, 0.7 mm, 12/Tb
Item : 772038
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  • 0.7 mm
  • Contains a special blend of polymers for darkness and smoothness
  • 12 refills per tube
$4.29
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Pentel® Refill Lead Blue, 0.7mm, 12 packs of 12 (PENPPB7)
Item : 2127018
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  • Mechanical Pencil Lead
  • .7 MM lead
  • No eraser included
$21.99
12/Bundle
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Pentel® Super Hi-Polymer Lead Refill, 0.9mm, 12 packs of 30 (PENC29HB)
Item : 2127048
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  • Mechanical Pencil Lead
  • .9 MM lead
  • No eraser included
$26.99
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Pentel® Refill Lead Blue, 0.5mm, 12 packs of 12 (PENPPB5)
Item : 2127019
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  • Mechanical Pencil Lead
  • .5 MM lead
  • No eraser included
$21.99
12/Bundle
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Staedtler Mars Lumograph Leads H Pack Of 12 (200-H)
Item : 2169250
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  • Perfect for drafting professionals and artist
  • Superior quality and strength
  • 2mm diameter
$14.29
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Staedtler Mars Lumograph Leads 2B Pack Of 12 (200-2B)
Item : 2168661
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  • Perfect for drafting professionals and artist
  • Superior quality and strength
  • 2mm diameter
$14.29
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Staedtler Mars Lumograph Leads 2H Pack Of 12 [Pack Of 2] (2PK-200-2H)
Item : 2132516
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  • Perfect for drafting professionals and artist
  • Superior quality and strength
  • 2mm diameter
$35.49
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Staedtler Carbon Lead 12/Box (200HB-BK12)
Item : 241539
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  • Perfect for drafting and drawing
  • Package: 12 per pack
  • 2 mm HB hardness offers reliable performances
$13.29
12/Pack