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Elcometer 3080 Pencil Hardness Tester

The set of Elcometer 3080 Hardness Testing Pencils is a simple but effective technique to evaluate the hardness of many coatings.

The pencil lead, prepared beforehand by using the special pencil sharpener and rubbing it on fine abrasive paper (400 grade), is maintained at an angle of 45° and pushed with uniform pressure on to the sample, leaving either a superficial trace or causing destruction down to the substrate.

The Elcometer 3080 Pencil Hardness Test is supplied complete with stand and a series of 14 pencils, ranging from 6B to 6H hardness values.

Elcometer 3080 Hardness Testing Pencils

Technical Specification

Part Number Description
K0003080M203 Elcometer 3080 6B to 6H Pencil Hardness Test with Stand
Dimensions 330 x 280 x 330mm (13 x 11 x 13”)
Weight 1kg (2.2lb)
Packing List

Elcometer 3080 Pencil Hardness Tester, Pencil set - (14 pencils, grades 6B - 6H), x 2 pencil sharpeners, abrasive paper block, storage stand and operating instructions

ASTM D 3363, BS 3900-E19, ECCA T4, EN 13523-4, ISO 15184, JIS K 5600-5-4

Standards in grey have been superseded but are still recognised in some industries.


T99923040-1 Pencil Sharpener (6H to 2B)
T99923040-2 Pencil Sharpener (3B to 6B)
T99923039 Set of 14 pencils (6B to 6H)
T99923042-1 12 Hardness Pencils (6B)
T99923042-2 12 Hardness Pencils (5B)
T99923042-3 12 Hardness Pencils (4B)
T99923042-4 12 Hardness Pencils (3B)
T99923042-5 12 Hardness Pencils (2B)
T99923042-6 12 Hardness Pencils (B)
T99923042-7 12 Hardness Pencils (HB)
T99923042-8 12 Hardness Pencils (F) 
T99923042-9 12 Hardness Pencils (H)
T99923042-10 12 Hardness Pencils (2H)
T99923042-11 12 Hardness Pencils (3H)
T99923042-12 12 Hardness Pencils (4H)
T99923042-13 12 Hardness Pencils (5H)
T99923042-14 12 Hardness Pencils (6H)


Hardness Tester

How to measure coating hardness using the Wolff Wilborn Pencil Hardness Test

One of the most common methods of determining coating hardness is the pencil hardness test, also known as the Wolff-Wilborn method, where a pencil of a known hardness is pushed across the coating at a specified angle, under a constant force.

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