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10 Apr '15

How much do you know about Pencils?

Posted by Jon Fontane in Bullet Pen, Bullet Pencil, Unique Gifts

As the maker of the coolest and most unique gifts, the Bullet Pencils and Bullet Pens being two of our products, we thought it may be fun to quiz our readers on the history of pencils.  As someone that is full of useless knowledge (only comes in handy when playing Trivial Pursuit or Trivia Crack), thought this would be a fun topic to provide our clients and readers with their own bit of useless knowledge. 

  1. Who can we credit to the first writing tool?

A.  Greeks          B.  Romans          C.  Russians         D.  Aliens

(B) Romans used writing instruments called a stylus.  Scribes used this thin metal rod to leave a light, but readable mark on papyrus (an early form of paper).

  1. Where was graphite first found?

A.  England       B.  Germany        C.  Japan              D.  Timbuktu

(A)  Graphite became preferred over lead following the discovery of a large graphite deposit in Borrowdale, England in 1564.  However, because it was so brittle, a casing had to be made.  Originally, graphite sticks were wrapped in string. Later, the graphite was inserted into hollowed-out wooden sticks and, thus, the wood-cased pencil was born!

  1. What country started mass producing the wooden pencil?

A.  USA          B. England          C.  Germany       D.  Japan

(C)   Nuremberg, Germany was the birthplace of the first mass-produced pencils in 1662, spurred by Faber-Castell (established in 1761).

  1. What year did the first American pencil get made?

A.  1776           B. 1792              C.  1802                 D.  1812

(D)  Early settlers depended on pencils from overseas until the war with England cut off imports. William Monroe, a Concord, Massachusetts cabinet-maker, is credited with making America’s first wood pencils in 1812.

  1. Why did pencils change from natural casings to yellow painted pencils?

A.  So you can find them easily   B. To represent where they came from
C.  Yellow was the cheapest paint color  D.  Yellow is associated with being a happy color

(B)  During the 1800s, the best graphite in the world came from China. American pencil makers wanted a special way to tell people that their pencils contained Chinese graphite.  In China, the color yellow is associated with royalty and respect. American pencil manufacturers began painting their pencils bright yellow to communicate this “regal” feeling and association with China.

Last question….Hope you get this one right.

  1. Who makes a Unique, Cool gift know as the Bullet pencil or Bullet pen?

A.Metal Shop    B.  www.MetalShopCT.com        C.  Metal Shop CT             D.All the above

(D). Of course all are correct!  We hope that you will click through the website to purchase a bullet pen or bullet pencil as a unique gift for yourself or the rugged person in your life.  Metal Shop has rugged, unique gifts for rugged people.

Resource:  pencils.com