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Old 10-11-2011, 10:56 PM  
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Who invented the pencil?

Who Invented the Pencil? | Who Invented It

The First Pencil Was a Failure
The first attempt to invent a pencil was not successful. It was made of powdered or pulverized graphite. The result was a poor quality pencil that easily broke. Graphite and clay should be mixed well to produce a proper kind of pencil. This was done by the man who invented the pencil properly. All quality pencil makers today, owe it to the first pencil maker who perfected the right formula for it.



A French Army Officer Invented it
In 1795, a French officer belonging to the army of Napoleon invented and patented the first quality pencil on earth. Nicholas Jacques Conte or simply NJ Conte discovered that ground graphite, when mixed with the right kinds of clay, produced the best lead for pencils. Pencils do not really contain lead. The black thin material in pencils is a mix of graphite, carbon, and clay. NJ Conte, the first pencil maker, turned graphite into powder. Then he mixed it with moist doughs of clay and pressed the thing to make thin sticks. He then cooked it in a kiln. This man who invented the pencil, outdid his German counterparts.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:50 AM  
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I didn't know that. Good for him. As a lefty I despise him, but good for him.
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I didn't know that. Good for him. As a lefty I despise him, but good for him.
Yeah, we all know pencils were made only for right handed people.
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Yeah, we all know pencils were made only for right handed people.
You must be a righty.

We are now enemies.

But really when lefties write we drag our hand across the page, with poor quality ink or pencil it cause smudges but also leaves the outside of our palm covered in graphite.
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You must be a righty.

We are now enemies.

But really when lefties write we drag our hand across the page, with poor quality ink or pencil it cause smudges but also leaves the outside of our palm covered in graphite.

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I can read equally well forwards and backwards.

When the written word was being formed people would start at any point and just move as they felt it.

Something I saw on TV once.
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I can read equally well forwards and backwards.

When the written word was being formed people would start at any point and just move as they felt it.

Something I saw on TV once.
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