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How to Put Lead in a Staedtler .5 mm Pencil

Updated April 17, 2017

Staedtler is a company that produces writing instruments and crafting accessories. Its mechanical pencil product line is among its most popular. These pencils, which utilise both .5mm and .7mm lead widths, have an automatic reload feature that loads a new piece of lead when you have used up the current piece. The lead is stored in a canister inside of the pencil when it is not being used. Lead refills for Staedtler mechanical pencils come in a container that facilitates easy loading.

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  1. Pull off the eraser or end of the mechanical pencil, depending on the model.

  2. Remove the .5mm lead from the lead refill containers and gently press it into the lead refill chamber. Some Staedtler refill containers are designed to facilitate easy refill by pouring the lead directly into the chamber.

  3. Return the pencil's eraser or end and press down on it multiple times to get a new piece of lead.

  4. Tip

    If the end of your pencil is broken or your eraser is stuck, press down on the pencil's end and slowly feed the lead through the lead sleeve.


    If you release the end of the pencil while you are loading lead through the lead sleeve, the lead will become stuck.

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Things You'll Need

  • .5mm lead refills

About the Author

Ricky Gee

I hold a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida where I majored in interdisciplinary studies and minored in digital media. My areas of study were computer science and business administration. I run a freelance computer repair business where I perform repairs either in-house or at customer's homes. I also have been writing professionally as a freelancer for three years -- specializing in technical writing.

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