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this may qualify as the dumbest question offered here

What pencil do you guys use?

Wood with lead which you sharpen?

Mechanical?

Regardless what # lead?

Thanx

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why do you ask ?

however i use a hb, b, 2b and 4b

It depends what i am doing and what material i am dawing on. all are good for sketching laying shade and the 2b and 4 b are the best for marking wood and giving dark tones as they will give the darkest line and the lead is soft, but as long as there a good quality they are strong

A carpenters pencil is usually b grade
 

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Thank you one and all.

At times these sticks need "extensions" - they simply are not long enough - yet very salvageable - to be used for a cane. So I simply attach with a dowel screw and wood glue another piece. But that requires some clean/clear cuts with my fine tooth draw saw.

To accomplish that I have found it's best to lay the two pieces side-by-side on my work bench and using a T-square make a cut line across both pieces. Doing that on raw wood, some of it with a good underbark layer remaining is not always easy to see to make those cuts.

I will prob continue using the #2 pencils.

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Although I do us pencil it does tend to "Dirty " the wood as the graphite tends to permeate the fiber of the wood,I have tried and get cleaner results using a Wax pencil or crayon (the ones that kids use) as it stays on the surface and does not tend to smear.
 

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I have both #2 pencils and wax markers sitting around. Some of the woods I try to mark are hard enough and slippery enough that pencils don't work.

In some cases, I just lay the straight edge on the wood, and use it as a guide to start the saw cut. I use this saw a lot.
 

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I dont know the values of your pencils and assume your #2 pencil is the same as the HB we use here

I do use pencils every day and it is always my starting point when i start making a stick.Even at this stage i do tend to use shade on the drawings its force of habit with me ?

But there is a noticable difference in the grades of pencils it gives depth to a drawing when used as tone . They say its possable to get 141 different shades from a pencil i doubt if i can achive anywhere near that,

Th f and h grade pencils here are used by graphic designers etc.

I am in the old fashioned school prefer to draw than use the computer

this shows the toneal differance between 3 pencil grades hb, b and 2b hope the picture is good enough

Publication Book Font Electric blue Rectangle
 

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The saw on one side has 20 tpi, I think, and the other, 32. The blade is very flexible but the teeth are holding up pretty well. Typically, I switch back and forth between the sides. Finer cut first, then more coarse to open up the cut. Its sharp enough that it takes almost no effort.
 

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Cant see why you cant mark the wood with pencil unless you got wax on it. i dont use anything else. Resharpen the pencil and use a 4 b to mark it with.

Still you have a good saw there
 
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