9B – 2H

9B - 2 H

9B – 2 H

Many pencils across the world, and almost all in Europe, are graded on the European system using a continuum from “H” (for hardness) to “B” (for blackness), as well as “F”, a letter arbitrarily chosen to indicate midway between HB and H. I have a 9B, 8B, 7B, 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F is missing, H and 2H. Reading left to right (9B to 2H), the range goes from dark to light.

As part of Marta Leite’s book Language is an Invisible Landscape.