F Grade and Smooth.


I find it remarkable that Faber-Castell can make a hard-ish pencil that is at the same time as smooth as a soft pencil. This F grade Castell 9000 is great on Baron Fig paper, with Point Durability and glide to spare. Matthias writes about F grade pencils frequently, and I’ve come to appreciate this semigrade, #2 1/2 or #2.5 (etc. — each manufacturer used to have their own number for it). We made a whole episode about it on Erasable, in case you missed it. What are some other great F grade pencils?

4 Replies to “F Grade and Smooth.”

  1. I have really enjoyed using the Mitsubishi Hi Uni F as well as the Tombow Mono 100 F. Just got a few softer grades (B/2B/3B) of the F-C 9000. Excited to try them out too.

  2. Last fall, I was in an antique store in Bryan, TX and behind the counter was a cup full of used pencils. I recognized a familiar shaped ferrule and asked to see it. It was and Eberhart Faber Van Dyke 601 in F. I offered the owner $2 for it and he said “for a used pencil?”, but he took my money.

  3. Last fall, I was in an antique store in Bryan, TX and behind the counter was a cup full of used pencils. I recognized a familiar shaped ferrule and asked to see it. It was an Eberhart Faber Van Dyke 601 in F. I offered the owner $2 for it and he said “for a used pencil?”, but he took my money.

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