Pencil FAQs:

Q: Is a pencil a writing implement or art medium constructed of a narrow?

A: Yes, and solid pigment core inside a protective casing which prevents the core from being broken or leaving marks on the user’s hand during use.

Q: Were pencils priced dearly?

A: Yes.

Q: Were pencils not available to the French during the Napoleonic Wars?

A: Yes, France, under naval blockade imposed by Great Britain, was unable to import the pure graphite sticks from the British Grey Knotts mines – the only known source in the world.

Q: Was a pencil three inches long?

A: Yes, and was thicker than standard pencils and had softer graphite than was normally available.

Q: Was a pencil an artist's brush?

A: Yes, and the stylus, a thin metal stick used for scratching in papyrus or wax tablets, was used extensively by the Romans, and for palm-leaf manuscripts.

Q: Were pencils used each day in the US?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils Red Cedar as it was aromatic and did not splinter when sharpened?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils expected to be very reliable?

A: Yes, and their lead is break-proof.

Q: Are pencils not uncommon?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils sometimes sharpened at both ends to enhance reliability?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils painstakingly slow?

A: Yes, and in the neighbouring town of Acton, a pencil mill owner named Ebenezer Wood set out to automate the process at his own pencil mill located at Nashoba Brook.

Q: Were pencils either painted in dark colours or not at all?

A: Yes, and the Koh-I-Noor was yellow.

Q: Is a pencil lead?

A: Yes, and the black core of pencils is still referred to as lead, even though it never contained the element lead.

Q: Are pencils commonly round?

A: Yes, and hexagonal, or sometimes triangular in section.

Q: Were pencils specially made with erasers at both ends to avoid on-set accidents?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils popular for their longevity and the fact that they may never need sharpening?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a pencil a slightly enlarged pencil with four colours equally partitioned on the tip?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a pencil a German carpenter's pencil dating from the 17th Century and now in the Faber-Castell collection?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a pencil commercialised by Empire as the "EPCON" Pencil?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils also available for duotone techniques?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils sometimes used by teachers or editors to correct submitted texts?

A: Yes, but are typically regarded as art supplies, especially those with waxy core binders that tend to smear on paper instead of erasing.

Q: Is a pencil graded HB?

A: Yes.

Q: Were pencils co-extruded?

A: Yes, and extruding a plasticised graphite mix within a wood-composite core.

Q: Are pencils packaged and marketed?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a pencil actually a mix of finely ground graphite and clay powders?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a pencil sucked or chewed?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils manufactured worldwide annually?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils usually short ) and very cheap)?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a pencil 19 cm long?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a pencil used?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pencils used for both writing and drawing and result in durable markings: though writing is easily removable with an eraser?

A: Yes, and it is otherwise resistant to moisture, most chemicals, ultraviolet radiation, and natural aging.

Q: Are pencils typically oval or rectangular?

A: Yes, so they cannot easily roll away during work.