Pencil History: The Earliest Forms of Self Expression 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, which is what we sti
A pencil is an implement for writing or drawing, constructed of a narrow, solid pigment core in a protective casing that prevents the core from being broken and/or marking the user’s hand. Pencils create marks by physical abrasion, leaving a trail of solid core material that adheres to a sheet of paper or other surface.
Why pencils are yellow, why only Americans use #2 pencils, and more interesting facts about pencils and the history of the pencil you never knew.
A VISUAL HISTORY OF THE PENCIL. Latin Origins. 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, which means “tail.” This word was used for these very fine brushes because they were made from tufts ...
The Surprising History of the Pencil What medieval smuggling has to do with the atomic structure of carbon. By Maria Popova. Having previously explored such mysteries as who invented writing and how sounds became shapes, it’s time to turn to something much less mysterious, ...
Like most other human artifacts, the common pencil, made and sold today by the millions, has a long and complex history. Henry Petroski, who combines a talent for fine writing with a deep knowledge of engineering and technological history, examines the story of the pencil, considering it not only as a thing in itself, but also as an exemplar of all things that are designed and manufactured.
A short and interesting history of the pencil - and various types of pencils explored and explained - on the Milligram blog. Start here if you're a pencil lover or looking to buy a pencil and want to know where to start.
The breakthrough in pencil technology came when French chemist Nicolas Conte developed and patented the process used to make pencils in 1795. He used a mixture of clay and graphite that was fired before it was put in a wooden case. The pencils he made were cylindrical with a slot.
Early Office Museum 1893 History of the Lead Pencil. 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 tubes came into use around 1560.  The term "black lead pencil" was in use by 1565.