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Eight Wonderful Pencil Facts

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Pencils; tools used to create amazing drawings, aid in architectural design and used for the everyday scribble.

To continue our stationery facts series, this week we’ll be looking at the pencil and sharing with you some of our favourite pencil facts.

1. On average a pencil can be sharpened 17 times, draw a line 35 miles long and can write approximately 45,000 words.

2. An average size tree will make approximately 300,000 pencils.

3. Thomas Edison had his pencils specially made to be thicker than the average pencil.

4. Graphite was discovered in large and pure quantities near Cumbria in the early-mid 1500s. As well as its use in pencils, it was also found to be very useful for marking sheep.

5. Although the contents of a pencil is referred to as ‘lead’, pencils do not actually contain any. In fact most pencils contain a mixture of graphite and clay.

6. Other materials used in pencils can vary from charcoal to carbon.

7. In 1822 the mechanical pencil was patented. Developed by British developers the company prospered until 1941, when it was then hit by bombs during World War Two.

8. More than half of all pencils come from China, with factories turning out 10 billion pencils which is enough to circle the earth more than 40 times.

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