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General's Layout Pencil, Extra Black Graphite, Box of 1 Dozen (555)

4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Made in the USA
  • AP and ACMI approved conforming to ASTM D-4236
  • Soft, black graphite formula, ideal for initial sketching, "laying out" designs.
  • Pencils handcrafted with sustained yield incense cedar wood.
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General’s Layout Pencil, 555, Box of 1 Dozen Pencils. An extra smooth, black, thick graphite pencil used to create preliminary sketches, to layout drawing before painting over, or add intense blacks and shading in detail graphite drawings. Since 1889, General Pencil has been making pencils in the USA with the highest quality sustained yield cedar wood. These products are AP and PMA approved and tested and certified for safety and quality by the Art and Creative Materials Institute, conforming to ASTM-D4236.

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Brand Name General's Layout
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 0.8 x 1.9 x 8 inches
Item model number 555
Color Graphite
Material Type Wood
Number of Items 1
Manufacturer Part Number 555

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ASIN B002Y2KVGA
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4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #20,273 in Office Products (See top 100)
#134 in Office Products > Educational Supplies > Writing & Correction Supplies > Pencils > Wooden Lead Pencils
#27,539 in Office Products > Office Supplies
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 20, 2009

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I bought a pair of these pencils at Aaron Brothers for $1.99 to see how well they worked. I just fell in love with how soft and dark the lead is! I had to buy a dozen of them, once I knew I liked them. It's about the same as a 4B pencil, but it doesn't smudge quite as easily. I will definitely be using these pencils for my animation and sketches, and would recommend them to any other artist who isn't familiar with them.
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I was looking for something like black polychrome faber castell but less expansive (something black, contrasted, smmoth)
but i think General's layout pencil is more like a 6b basic pencil, not so black, and i feel it "dry", and "squeeling" on the paper! (sorry for my english , i'm not sure i use the appropriate terms...)
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I had been looking for a soft dense black pencil which could hold a point, so I decided to try these pencils on the basis of the
recommendation that they are chosen by animators. My box of twelve pencils arrived from the US in super fast time and they
have lived up to my expectations. A nice dense black, a good range of tonal greys, and a point that I don't have to sharpen so
often. I use a scalpel to sharpen my pencils as I can get a longer, shallower angle to the point giving me a much better edge to
the lead for shading. I am starting a new comic book project and I am keen to use these pencils on that. For note book writing
or drawing they are the best I have used for a long time. I will certainly buy these again.

Terence Collins
UK
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By Molly on December 22, 2015
I'm an art student, and I've tried out a decent amount of different graphite materials. These are one of my favorite things to use. They have a wide range of value and get real dark real easy. They're also decently smooth and the lead has been pretty resistant to breaking for me. And they're inexpensive. Definitely my favorite (not woodless, non-mechanical) pencils to use.
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I bought these on a recommendation for adding very dark shadows to pencil drawings. They are oddly scratchy...I was stunned. It would glide along the paper for a bit, then I'd hit a gritty bit and get an actual scratch in the paper. I threw the box away.
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Every pencil has a different hardness. They are all suppose to be the same but they are not. I've been a fan of Generals charcoal pencils for a long time, but everything else they produce seems to have major quality control issues.
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They're alright. I'm an illustrator looking for a do-it-all pencil. A bit too scratchy to draw with to me unless you're using a super smooth surface like Bristol. Nice for larger area sketching. I was expecting more given the price point and compared to other products.
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I use these in my woodworking and journaling. I love them! Silky smooth feel on the paper. Excellent dark marks, which don't smear like a softer lead. Stays sharp like a harder lead! These are great. Note that they don't have erasers on the ends.
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