Q&A: What’s the difference between a 6B and an hB pencil? Which leaves a lighter mark?

Question by Tenshi: What’s the difference between a 6B and an hB pencil? Which leaves a lighter mark?
I want a light mark for sketches. I got a set of pencils. One 2B, one 4B, one 6B, and one HB. What’s the H stand for, and is it lighter than a 6B?

Best answer:

Answer by Marco L
HB leaves a lighter mark. I don’t know what the letters mean, but the B range is essentially the softer range, while the H is harder. HB is the middle set. Think of B as “butter” and H as “hard.”

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