This classic glossy black hexagonal 6.9mm diameter pencil with a distinctive angled orange stripe is available in a range of 20 degrees from 9H to 9B. H stands for 'Hardness' and B for Blackness. The width of the strip varies depending on the degree of the pencil to ensure maximum performance. The hard degrees have a 2.2mm strip and the soft 3.5mm, F equals fine. This makes them ideal for everything from crisp detailed line drawings to soft sketches.