General Pencil - Graphite Stick - 4B - Generals Compressed Graphite Sticks are most conveniently used by breaking into smaller pieces. Flat edge may be used for broad strokes. Sticks can also be sanded to a fine point for detailed work. Drawing may be blended with a soft point, such as a paper stub. For an exciting presentation, use bold strokes on paper with a rough surface. Erase with an extra soft vinyl and rubber eraser.