I am pleasantly surprised and very impressed by the wonderful graphite quality of these pencils! They are encased in high quality cedar wood and the graphite is as smooth as silk. The lead grades range from 2H, H, HB, B and 2B. But don't let that fool you! The 2H is comparable to an HB and the 2B is more like a 4B without the graininess!!
I'm an avid mechanical pencil user so I didn't think it was possible, but the Palomino just might make a convert out of me! Here is my first drawing using these pencils.....but I guarantee it won't be my last.