|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.5 x 0.2 x 0.2 inches|
|Item model number||PHB-96|
|Manufacturer Part Number||PHB-96|
AmazonBasics Wood-cased Pencils - #2 HB - Box of 96
|Price:||$7.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25. Details|
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- 96 woodcase #2 HB pencils made from high-quality wood for clean, easy sharpening
- Strong medium-soft lead produces long-lasting, smooth, readable strokes
- Rounded hexagonal shape with satin-smooth finish for a secure, comfortable grip
- Soft, smudge-free, latex-free eraser secured to the end for conveniently wiping away mistakes
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AmazonBasics Wood-cased #2 HB Pencils
Reminiscent of grade-school days yet tried and true when it comes to keeping up with adult-world demands, AmazonBasics wood-cased #2 HB pencils combine traditional style with ultimate convenience. Use the pencils for anything from making notes, keeping lists, or sketching first drafts to brainstorming campaign ideas, filling in answers on an exam, or solving Sudoku or crossword puzzles.
The pencils are made from high-quality wood for clean, easy sharpening, and they feature a rounded hexagonal shape with a satin-smooth finish for a secure grip and enhanced writing comfort. Each pencil comes with a soft, smudge-free, latex-free, rubber eraser secured to the end by a standard metal band, making it easy to quickly and cleanly wipe away mistakes or unwanted marks. The box includes 96 unsharpened pencils—perfect for classroom, work, or home.
- #2 HB pencils create smooth, clear lines
- Made of high-quality wood for easy sharpening
- Break-resistant medium-soft lead
- PMA certified non-toxic – safe for classroom use
#2 HB Lead & PMA Certified Non-Toxic
Classified as #2 or HB, the woodcase pencils feature break-resistant, medium-soft lead that creates long-lasting, smooth, readable marks and lines. The pencils are PMA certified non-toxic, which makes them safe for use in any classroom setting.
HB refers to the hardness and blackness of lead. HB is considered the standard for lead and is equivalent to a #2 pencil.
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AmazonBasics Wood-cased #2 HB Pencils - Box of 96
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Top customer reviews
I’m actually really picky about my own personal pencils. I have a favorite brand, and I have a favorite brand of erasers to put on them. Nevertheless, I was really excited to try out these pencils because although they didn't have the price tag of a Dixon-Ticonderoga, they still worked really well.
These are just your every day, basic pencils, but that’s how I like mine. I hate pencils with that plastic film with a design printed on them. With “cute” pencils, you aren’t paying for the pencil, you’re paying for whatever logo is on it (like Frozen or Star Wars). When you sharpen those ones for the first time, the film splits and then the cute design ends up peeling off. However, these AmazonBasics pencils were easy to sharpen, and they were nice to write with. Sometimes, pencils are prone to have the graphite split so there is a strange press on the paper, resulting in “double” writing. I wrote for a bit with the pencil and even as it dulled, it still wrote nicely. You can note a small letter I wrote to test it; it is the third image.
Another thing I hate about cheap pencils is the garbage erasers. As a teacher, I write most things in pen, but I always do my grade book in pencil. If a student turns in something late, I need to erase the previous grade to change it, and I can’t stand having left over marks from a bad eraser. Now, as I mentioned, I have one specific brand of erasers which are honestly God’s gift to humanity, and I always slap one of those bad boys on my pencils, but this really wasn’t bad as far as erasers go. I mean, it was still obvious that I made a mistake, but I also press into the paper like I’m trying to cut a hole into the table underneath. I write DARK. I have many students who press lightly. As well, if I were drawing, I would draw lighter. In the third picture attached to this review, there are two instances of erasing. The first is over “film” in fourth line in the first paragraph. The other is the second paragraph, titled “Eraser test.” As I mentioned, I write so dark that it’s difficult to erase to the point where it doesn’t appear that there was a mistake at all, but I also think your average person wouldn’t mind. I can clearly make out what is written over the erased bits, and no annoying parts of the eraser were left behind (like a giant pink smudge… Ugh, I hate that the most).
Speaking of smudges, I don’t frequently smudge my pencil work because I’m right handed. However, I have left handed students who turn in work that is barely legible because they drag their hand throughout their writing constantly. Thinking of them, I wanted to test out how badly the graphite smudged on a hand. The results are the fourth picture. Now, this wasn’t just me carefully dragging my hand over the paper; I really pressed, TRYING to smudge the words. And yeah, I did smudge it a bit, and yeah, I did get some graphite on my hand. However, this is NOTHING compared to some of the other pencils I’ve seen. As you can see from my hand, it was minor, considering I was literally pressing hard on the paper, trying to get the graphite on my hand.
The bottom line is that a 12 pack of any type of pencils can go for over $2. In fact, a lot of times the “cute” pencils are the most expensive, but they’re the worst as far as quality. If looks aren’t a thing you care about, but do care about quality, these are the best deal. A 96 pack of Ticonderoga pencils can range from $14-$20 (depending on packaging and color and where you’re buying them). I always use Ticonderogas as the standard for the perfect pencil because I used them throughout my childhood; my mother was literally born in Ticonderoga, NY. However, the AmazonBasics are the best bang for your buck. Are they cute? Is your kid going to be inspired by the cool Frozen or Star Wars logo? No. Because this is a standard, BASIC pencil. They’re just yellow. But to be honest, those “cool looking” pencils always lack quality compared to something like this. The simplicity is what makes these pencils so great; they’re just pencils. They know their function, and they get the job done. These are definitely going to be my “good” pencils from now on, especially to give out to kids who really are responsible with their supplies.
1. 144 pencils for $9.99 with complementary Prime 2 day shipping is great.
2. These pencils are real wood. They're not the Sanford Eagle fake stuff.
3. They write a clear and crisp line and the lead does not break easily.
Now for the negatives and why these only got 3 stars.
1. The eraser leaves much to be desired. It is flimsy and takes a lot of pressure and passes to erase satisfactorily.
2. While this is just aesthetic, the wood casing is inconsistent in coloring and frequently has significantly divergent shades on each half of the casing.
3. My biggest reason for the 2 star review is the fact that out of 24 pencils 12 sharpened to a very uneven point meaning that more frequent sharpening will be required as the wood sits closer to the lead point on one side. Even worse, an additional 4 sharpened to a wood tip with lead exposed on only half the pencil. This is due to leads not being well centered in the casing. They were visibly off-center in all of the above mentioned pencils.
I can see some of the issues noted by some folks in other comments. These are not perfect pencils. However, in our case it certainly makes no sense to spend 2.5x as much for Ticonderoga. Very happy with this product.