Millimeters, that is. Yep, we're only talking about a difference of .2 millimeters. But if you're an accountant and you're talking about .5MM lead versus .7MM lead, the difference is huge.
If you're a .5MM Pentel lead aficionado, it has to be .5, it has to be from Pentel, and it has to be used in a Pentel black pencil. You would not be caught dead in the middle of tax season filling out a 1040 with a .7MM lead pencil, even if it is provided free by your friendly Paychex vendor along with donuts. Although you will eat donuts of any size - with no concern for either internal or external circumference. We're not picky about that.
There are a few rogue accountants like me, who have to find a way to break the mold. That's why I put my .5MM lead in the Pentel "Sharp Kerry" model which comes in cool feminine colors and features a cap. I have had two of these in the past, one blue and one green. I can't seem to find either of them and am tempted to order a pink version immediately. I hope no one thinks I am the accountant for Mary Kay.
This is how you spend your time when you are an accountant. Let's see do I want it to be HB, H, or B hardness? I might need to create a spreadsheet to decide.