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What are the different types of pencil?

What are the different types of pencil?

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Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide There are many different types of pencil, and although their basic function remains the same, their individual differences may make them more suitable for specific jobs or materials. Below is a guide to help you decide.

Soft lead pencils

Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Pencils with soft leads abrade (wear away through friction) more readily than harder leads.
Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide A softer pencil lead will impart a darker, heavier mark on a surface.
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Best suited for…

Soft lead pencils are best for use on softwoods, and newly hewn timber.

Medium lead pencils

Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Pencils with medium leads hold the middle ground and abrade at a steady rate.
Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide A medium pencil lead will impart a mark somewhere between the dark, heavy mark of a soft lead pencil and the light, fine mark of a hard lead pencil.
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Best suited for…

Medium lead pencils are best for writing and general purpose use.

Hard lead pencils

Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Hard lead pencils are the most resistant to abrasion.
Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Pencils with a harder lead will impart a lighter, finer mark on a surface.
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Best suited for…

Hard lead pencils are best used on hardwoods, brick and plastered walls.

Solid lead pencils

Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide There are solid lead pencils available on the market which have no wood whatsoever and are essentially a solid stick of non-toxic graphite composition.
Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide They are smudge and water resistant and incredibly flexible, so it won’t snap in a back pocket! They are also stronger than traditional carpenter’s pencils.
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Best suited for…

These pencils can be used without sharpening so there is little to no waste. These pencils can be used on wood, paper, concrete and many other materials.

Mechanical pencils

Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide There are mechanical pencils available which have toughened leads that can be used on rough timber without snapping. They have a push-button cap which dispenses the lead little-by-little as and when it is required.
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Mechanical carpenter’s pencil

There are also mechanical pencils that have the characteristic rectangular lead of a carpenter’s pencil. These are particularly robust and can withstand heavy-duty use. Varying degrees of ¬†lead hardness are available which make these great all-round pencils.

Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide

Best suited for…

Mechanical carpenter’s pencils can be used on paper, wood, metal, brick and many other surfaces. Not suitable for use on glass.

Tile marker wax pencils

Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Wax pencils are a little different insomuch that their “leads” are made from wax. They are often bright colours for high visibility.
WARNING: Always test the marker first on a spare tile as permanent marking may occur on certain natural or unglazed materials i.e. stone and porcelain.

Best suited for…

Tile marker wax pencils are best suited to marking ceramic tiles, glass, plastic and metal. They are not suitable for marking porous or porcelain tiles.

Carpenter's pencil, pencil, marker, permanent marker, sharpener, crayon, marking out tools, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide WARNING: Always test the marker first on a spare tile as permanent marking may occur on certain natural or unglazed materials, i.e. stone and porcelain.

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