What does 2b pencil mean?

2b pencil is a red, black and gray pencil designed by Martin & Co. for use on the red, black and gray of the American flag. 2b pencils became popular after President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration.

The pencil was designed in 1961 and was made out of a red plastic or wood. 2b pencils were the first pencils that were not available as colored pencils since the 1950s. The 2b pencil, a favorite of young people, was released in 1960 in 5 different sizes and color options with the exception of the medium size (5.625 in. [137.6 mm] diameter size). In 1967, the first 2b pencils were officially licensed and became widely used because of their durability and affordability (not to mention being pretty cool).

3. What is an eraser and why should I use one?

An eraser is an eraser that’s specifically made for use with one kind of pencil (usually a red or black pencil). The eraser can be used with either 2b or 1b pencils. A red eraser was invented in 1959 by Martin & Co. in response to the need for more variety in the use of these pencils. The erasers used by Martin & Co. were designed with the highest performance material to help them meet demand for these pencils. Red plastic erasers have become popular in the past couple decades as they provide a longer life than black plastic. These erasers have a black finish to prevent fingerprints. These can even be used in conjunction with colored pencils such as green and orange pencils.


4. Why is 2b pencil more expensive than 1b and 3b?

When 1b and 3b pencils were issued in 1960, the 2b pencil was the first pencil made from non-red plastic; since then, some pencil manufacturers have improved the 2b plastic to help with their colors and performance. This has led to a decrease in the cost of the 2b pencil.

5. Why do I not see 2b pencils mentioned in books about pencils?

2b pencils are not usually listed among the pencils that are available in catalogs. That’s because there hasn’t been a steady increase in 2b pencil prices. Prices have fluctuated based on supply and demand, but generally haven’t been as high since the 1960s.

6. Does 1b pencil cost less?

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