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Lead For Esterbrook Pencil

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#1 Charles Skinner

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 15:51

A friend gave me an "old" Esterbrook pencil. There are a few leads left in the old pencil, but they are just not "right," so to speak.  Extremely "light," and the "feel" of the pencil, when writing seems like the lead is really "hard."  


Does this make any sense?  My friend gave me the old pencil, which is red, to match my red Esterbrook pen. (great pen, by the way!)


On the "silver top" of the pen, under the "cap," I see ---- "Use 046 lead."  I have searched "high and low" for this lead, but have not found it. 


Any ideas about where to find this lead?  Thanks for any help you can give me, "poor earthen vessel" that I am!  


C. S. 

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#2 Beechwood


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 17:04

It is approximtately 1.1mm


I have looked on your behalf and they seem generally available being the size for Retro 51 and Yard O Lead pencils.

Edited by Beechwood, 02 September 2017 - 17:07.


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 19:01

You can find what you need here:




And all sorts of interesting and related stuff here:




What you describe is a "hard" or "H" lead. What you seem to desire is a "soft" or "B" lead.


This is explained here;



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 14:25

Thanks for the advice given, I am not the OP but appreciate that people have gone to some trouble in the research.

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