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    Brown mechanical pencil lead to much to ask for?

    Does it exist?

    I found some brown 2mm lead for a specific pencil, but 2mm is too big anyways..
    5.0mm would be best. I'm surprised that 2mm is all I could find. There is like 7/8 other colors for a mechanical pencil.. but no brown.

    Is there some brown mechanical pencil lead out there hiding?
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    2mm lead is what I use. I switched to it after years of using the .05mm lead and I have to admit it is much more pleasent to draw with. 2mm is also the size most comicbook pencilers use. It is the size of a standard wooden pencil's lead. Sometimes I use the big flat contractors pencils for large areas. Also graphite powder, which is used as a lubricant for equipment, works great. As far as brown goes sorry can't help there.
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    Probably because colored lead is not the same as graphite and smaller form can cause more breakage.
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    I have some coloured .5 mm leads and they are really terrible for breaking. Much worse than ordinary graphite. Also, I can get a much sharper point on a 2mm lead using a lead sharpener. If I buy coloured leads again I'll probably switch to the 2mm. Good luck finding the lead you want, but if you don't then consider switching to the 2mm lead-holder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puddlehoppings View Post
    I found some brown 2mm lead for a specific pencil, but 2mm is too big anyways..
    5.0mm would be best.
    2mm is too big while 5mm would be best?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eezacque@xs4all.nl View Post
    2mm is too big while 5mm would be best?
    Sorry I mean 0.5mm
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    Thanks for the help/advice. I ask this question because I have been using a dull and a sharp Brown Col-Erase pencil to get a soft+sharp mix. Which I love, but I was hoping to switch over to a mech pencil to keep the the sharpness stage a little more faster and constant. But I will just continue with my normal process. My under drawings seem so lifeless in the process of drawing them and after the watercolor stage when I use black lead.. so that's why I love to use brown pencils.
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