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I purchased a pack of Faber-Castell “Grip 2001” graphite pencils. I’ve bought other Faber-Castell grip pencils before but, not these specific ones. I’ve used there “Colour Grip” and “Art Grip Aquarelle” which didn’t feel oily, but the “Grip 2001” pencil’s grips feel oily. I’m trying to figure out if they’re ment to be like that or not?

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    Just to verify that I'm reading the question right, are you referring to the lead seeming oily as you use it, or the outside of the wooden part feeling oily when you hold it? If it's the outside, I can't imagine that they would intentionally be made that way. In that case, my guess would be either something oily got on it, or a problem with the paint finish. You could try wiping the outside with a paper towel dampened with a little soapy water to see if that removes the oiliness. Soapy water shouldn't affect the paint or artwork on the outside.
    – fixer1234
    Apr 16 at 19:44
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    I have a Grip 2001 pencil as well and never experienced something like that, so my guess is that it's a remnant of the production process of the grip zone.
    – Joachim
    Apr 16 at 19:52
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    Morgan, post back with how that works out. If it doesn't work, that will open it up to other ideas. If that works, consider posting an answer. There are likely other people with the same experience, and sharing solutions is what the site is about. :-)
    – fixer1234
    Apr 16 at 22:40
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    I had similar problems with grip pencils after storing them for a prolonged time. At some point the plasticiser in the rubbery material seem to disintegrate. Do the dots feel sticky? Apr 18 at 10:35
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    If the problem is what @samcarter_prepared_for_xmas posted, here's something else to try. Dampen a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and go over the grip area. There's a chance it could strip off some of the paint, but it usually gets rid of that kind of residue. Let it dry completely (make sure the paint isn't sticky or soft), then dry-wipe it with a paper towel to remove any dry residue. There's always a chance some of the rubber dots could come off, in which case, you'll have the "non-grip" version of the pencil. :-)
    – fixer1234
    Apr 19 at 0:55


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