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    Breaking Lead...

    Just curious...I recently started drawing again but I keep shattering my lead while sharpening, so my pencils are disappearing a lot faster than they need to. I bought one of those cheap metal sharpeners:
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    Is that the problem? Or is it my "technique"? Or is this just a common thing? I'm using Derwent sketching and graphic pencils, HB and 2Bs

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    Its a serious problem you should see a doctor about.
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    Real artists sharpen with a craft knife. :-)
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    If you want a good sharpener I'd suggest get high quality hand cranked one. (If they exist anymore, I don't know. The one I have I got from my dad and it's pretty awesome. But the ones you have in schools and such these days are pretty crappy....)
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    I use a pocket knife or anything else on hand. Most sharpeners don't work well.
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    I went and bought a lead holder for that very reason. Even if it snaps you can still use it until it becomes to blunt.
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    I'll just leave it here
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    Also, try not to drop your pencils! The lead can break within the wooden casing, causing those annoying tips that seem sharp but then fall out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Also, try not to drop your pencils! The lead can break within the wooden casing, causing those annoying tips that seem sharp but then fall out.
    All this time I always blamed the quality of the pencil when this happened. I never once thought that it might be my own fault. Gonna have to be more careful now.
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    Depending on how sharp you like your pencils, these bad boys are pretty good.

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    Sharpens the wood casing first, then the second hole sharpens the lead.
    I've had one for about year now and I've very rarely had any problem with breaking leads, even softer ones.

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    The razor and sandpaper method does get the best results, but it's a fun killer. I found myself drawing less, because of all the prep work for large drawings I would never scan in.

    I go with the drafting pencil too. They don't look as good as a tapered charcoal pencil, but still gets the job done.
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    "All this time I always blamed the quality of the pencil when this happened. I never once thought that it might be my own fault. Gonna have to be more careful now."

    some seem to do it more than others, or come with the leads presnapped all the way down because theyve been crushed in transit or something. i guess they cant dope the graphite with other chemicals to make it more forgiving and less shatterprone without ruining its performance as lead.
    personally i like drawing with a biro, but watch out for the crappy ones that get ink blobules forming that totally ruin your work..
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    Also, try to find a hardness/brand you like and buy your pencils BY THE BOX. That's what I did with col-erase as we were going trough them like sandbelts and broken lead cores suck.
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