This pencil is rightfully considered the most popular pencil in the world. It is also the most commonly used one. In the USA it's widely known as a #2 pencil, while the rest of the world calls it an HB pencil. Its lead is not too light and not too dark, and this pencil is not too hard or too soft. So, a #2 pencil can be used both by amateurs and professionals in different cases.

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Well, an American system of pencil grades is quite simple. But what do all of the B's, H's” and HB’s mean? That's also easy. For example, a pencil marked “HB” is hard and black; a pencil marked “HH” is very hard, and a pencil marked “HHBBB” is very hard and VERY black! Sometimes pencil manufacturers also use the letter "F" to indicate that the pencil sharpens to a fine point.

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