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The Story Of Lead Pencils

The Surprising History Of The Pencil

Having previously explored such mysteries as who invented writing and how sounds became shapes, it’s time to turn to something much less mysterious, a seemingly mundane yet enormously influential tool of human communication: the humble pencil. “Ta...

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Lead pencils, of course, contain no lead. The writing medium is graphite, a form of carbon. Writing instruments made from sticks cut from high quality natural graphite mined at Cumberland in England and wrapped in string or inserted in wooden tube...

Pencil - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

A pencil is a writing implement or art medium constructed of a narrow, solid pigment core inside a protective casing which prevents the core from being broken or leaving marks on the user’s hand during use. Pencils create marks by physical abrasio...

Pencil History - Pencils.Com

Did you know that modern pencils owe it all to an ancient Roman writing instrument called a stylus? Scribes used this thin metal rod to leave a light, but readable mark on papyrus (an early form of paper). Other early styluses were made of lead, w...

Why Pencil "Lead" Is Called "Lead"

Karen asks: Why is pencil lead called lead when it doesn’t contain any? In the 16th century, a large deposit of pure, solid graphite was discovered in Borrowdale, England.  This was the first time in recorded history that high quality, solid graph...

Mechanical Pencil - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

A mechanical pencil (US English) 1 or a propelling pencil (UK English) 2 is a pencil with a replaceable and mechanically extendable solid pigment core called a "lead" . The lead, often made of graphite, is not bonded to the outer casing, and can b...

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1564- This is where the story of the graphite pencil begins. It goes something like this.... There was a terrible storm in near Borrowdale, England in 1564. As most bad storms do, it caused some damage to the surrounding area. An oak tree fell and...

Visual History Of The Pencil | Museum Of Every Day Life

The word pencil comes from the latin, penicillum , the name for a small, fine-tipped brush used for writing, which in turn is a diminutive form of the latin word for brush, peniculus, which in turn is a diminutive form of the Latin word penis, whi...

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History Of The Pencil

A web series chronicling the history and origins of popular stuff. In this episode of "The Utterly Amazing Web Series," the history of the common, not so common ...

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How Pencil Lead May Change The World - The Future This Week

Researchers in Dublin have created an incredibly simple way to make graphene from graphite, the stuff called "lead" in your pencils. Story: Graphene Mass ...

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The Story Of Lead Pencils

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The Story Of Lead Pencils