quite smooth and maintain excellent consistency as you use up the lead, although the high H grades may feel somewhat scratchy. They sharpen easily and hold their points longer than other pencils. This makes them ideal for fine detail and occasions when you don’t want to bother with a sharpener. The leads are break resistant due to being glued to the wood on both sides down the whole length of the pencil. We found that they smudge less than most pencils, so they are well suited for sketching.