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The first pencil was a lead stylus that was invented in the 16th century. A large deposit of graphite was discovered in Borrowdale, England and was used to create the styluses. High-class families would then use these early pencils to teach their children to read and write.Learn More
Pencils are made by first cutting wood into slats called "pencil stock" or "pencil squares." Next, the slats are waxed and stained and groves are added to fill with lead. The final step is layering on another piece of wood, slicing the pieces into individual pencils, and adding the rubber eraser on the top.Learn More
A pencil is made of many different parts. Your standard #2 pencil has a wood barrel and a metal ferrule that holds the rubber eraser. It holds a type of graphite that is not too dark and not too light, which makes it ideal for taking standardized tests.Learn More
Even though we use phones and laptops, you should still write things by hand. Handwriting is important because it improves your memory, boosts your critical thinking, helps with your fine motor skills, and overall creates a stronger, more personal connection with your reader.Learn More
Color changing pencils seem to work by magic! However, it's actually a combination of leuco dyes and the right temperature that make mood pencils work and cause them to change colors in the palm of your hand.Learn More
You're probably most familiar with #2 lead, but there are many different types of lead out there for your pencils. They are graded on the HB graphite grading scale, and include such popular types as #1, #2.5, #3, and #4.Learn More
You're probably most familiar with #2 lead, but there are many different types of lead out there for your pencils. They are graded on the HB graphite grading scale, and include such popular types as #1, #2.5, #3, and #4.