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Faber-Castell compass leads

Faber-Castell compass leads

One of the oldest professional uses for graphite, compass leads are still made today.

Cylindrical segments in shape, the face of the wedge is an ellipse.

Faber-Castell compass leads

6 comments to Faber-Castell compass leads

  • awin

    (Cylindrical segment? You learn something new every day, I guess!)

    Do you happen to know if these work for any compass, or just a specific one from Faber-Castell? The compasses I have at home are usually the ones which you use separate pencils with, or ones that don’t have leads that are replaceable.

  • Thanks for the comment, awin. The leads are not Faber-Castell specific. They are for a standard compass type which takes 2mm leads.

  • Pretty neat find. While I haven’t used any of my compass sets in years, I suppose I could use any 2 mm lead stubs in a pinch and shape them with sandpaper.

  • Simon

    I’m a student (living in Slovakia) and I use my compass set regularly. I don’t understand why would anybody wonder whether compass leads are still made today :)

  • Michael

    Donkey’s years ago when wooden pencils reigned supreme, we’d keep pencil stubs and use the leads as compass leads.

  • Funny how I stumbled upon a carded Helix Box Compass a couple of hours ago, and I couldn’t help myself and picked it up simply because it had a tube with those tiny graphite leads with the elliptical wedge points. Didn’t really need it, but I will now use it in my cartooning class. At least it was on clearance for just 75 cents.

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