The Pencil Story

Hello dear friends,  you know me well ! I am your little Pencil, you use me to write on paper and to make beautiful drawings or sketches.I am a useful little instrument for students as well as professionals.
                                               
Today I am sharing some information about me with all of you. I hope that you will find it interesting.
Most of the people think that a pencil is made of lead but the fact is that is that pencil contains no lead. A pencil is made of Graphite which is the form of carbon. Earlier people used to call Graphite black lead.                       
                                                   
                                                           
A very large amount of Graphite(Black Carbon) was found in Cumbria (England) at a place called Borrowdale. It was the time before 1565. The people of that place found it very useful to mark their sheep. It was pure and solid to be divided into sheets. The sheets were cut into sticks.These graphite sticks or rods were placed between two wooden halves,these halves then glued together to form a pencil. That is how pencil came into existence.
  

Later in the year
1795 , a French officer Nicolas Jaques Conte developed the method of mixing clay with powdered Graphite
and forming the mixture into rods.The making of modern pencil is based on that method.



Today different grades of pencil are in use .The most popular and common pencil which people normally use for writing is HB grade pencil. 9H is the hardest and 9B is the softest pencil.
 Now let me tell you one more thing that how I got my name.The word Pencil comes from the Latin word Penicillus which means the little tail.
So this is my little story, 'The Pencil Story'.



30 comments:

  1. Well written post and very informative. Kids love reading this....

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  2. Wishing you a sunny day, too! Know what's the best thing about writing about a pencil? It has a point. (sorry... couldn't resist)

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    1. Thank you Susan, you are right, pencil has a point :)

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  3. This is fantastic, I love it! :)

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  4. I am teaching my granddaughter how to hold a pencil and print her name.
    She likes pencils

    Good post on 'the pencil'

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    1. Good to see you Margie , hope your granddaughter writes well , thank you very much for reading :)

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  5. such a beautiful post... shared it with my little nieces... thank you :)

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    1. Welcome to my blog Archana, thank's a lot for reading,I hope your nieces like it :)

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  6. Now that was informative! I didn't know any of the facts you mentioned about pencil.

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    1. Welcome debajyoti, I am glad that you liked the post ,thank you so much :)

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    1. Thank you very much for visiting and reading :)

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  8. That is different and very interesting. :)

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    1. Happy that you liked the post, thank you Indrani :)

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  9. Pencil's story illustrated very interestingly.

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment , S Maliyekal :)

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  10. Hello Aunt Mary, how interesting, I didn’t know any of that. Thank you for an informative post.

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    1. Thank you Barbara for your lovely comment :)

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  11. Brings back such happy memories of my visits to the Cumberland Pencil Museum. Thank you for such an interesting post.

    http://www.pencilmuseum.co.uk/

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    1. Dear Tracy,

      I am really happy to hear that this post of mine brought back those cherished and priceless memories. :)

      Thank you so much for reading the post! :)

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  12. Hello AuntMary .. Its a sweet and informative story .. I loved the meaning of Penicillus :)

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    1. Dear Kokila,

      I am glad know that you liked this story.:)

      Thanks a lot for reading the post! :)

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  13. Loved the lyricism of the prose!

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  14. Thank you so much for the lovely comment :)

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  15. That's a sweet little story. Didn't know much of it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Welcome to my blog Tulika , glad to know that you liked the post, thank you for your comment :)

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  16. An informative pencil-story. Loved the facts about a thing of everyday use... :-)

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    1. Thank's a lot Maniparna , good to hear that you find the post informative :)

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