Why do pencils have numbers?


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Penny Kay Profile
Penny Kay answered
The number on pencils, indicate the softness or hardness of the graphite or color being used. A number 2 pencil is softer than a number 1. The hardness of a pencil determines how much of the graphite is put down on the paper with each stroke. Soft pencils wear out quicker. Hope that helps...*p
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Anonymous answered
Numbers and letters on the sides of some pencils (Art & Drafting pencils) are used to signify the type of lead that it contains, aka the hardness of the lead. The higher the number/letter combination, the harder the lead. Conversely, the lower the number/letter combination, the softer the lead.
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Arthur Wright answered
To signify the hardness of lead inside

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