Q&A: HB pencils, what does the H and the B stand for? Like you can get a 2H pencil or a 3B etch?

Question by Panserbøurne: HB pencils, what does the H and the B stand for? Like you can get a 2H pencil or a 3B etch?

*pencil* is the last word, sorry
But why B and soft? I understand H is hard but B and soft? Theres no connection

Best answer:

Answer by piratejunkie
H means “hard” and the B means “soft”. So 8B means really soft, and 6H means really hard. HB together means kind of in the middle.

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