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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Jun 29, 2011
It serves its purpose for awhile and has been phased out of our lives (if not the world, except possibly in preschools) for quite some time now. Occasionally, I use them only at dim sum restaurant to select food I order. Otherwise, I haven't had any in my house for almost 2 decades now.

Mechanical pencil has taken over its place instead. Yet, even that figures little in my life these days! The Japanese is possibly responsible for making pencil obsolete in Asia although I notice less preference for the mechanical pencil in America and Africa. Cost could factor in the decision of the preference. In any case, I hate using sharpener!!! 
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pencil is a writing implement or art medium usually constructed of a narrow, solid pigment core inside a protective casing. The case prevents the core from breaking, and also from marking the user’s hand during use.

Pencils create marks via physical abrasion, leaving behind a trail of solid core material that adheres to a sheet of paper or other surface. They are noticeably distinct from pens, which dispense liquid or gel ink that stain the light color of the paper.

Most pencil cores are made of graphite mixed with a clay binder, leaving grey or black marks that can be easily erased. Graphite pencils are used for both writing and drawing, and the result is durable: although writing can usually be removed with an eraser, it is resistant to moisture, most chemicals, ultraviolet radiation and natural ageing. Other types of pencil core are less widely used. Charcoal pencils are mainly used by artists for drawing and sketching. Colored pencils are sometimes used by teachers or editors to correct submitted texts but are more usually regarded as art supplies, especially those with waxy core binders that tend to smear on paper instead of erasing. Grease pencils have a softer crayon-like waxy core that can leave marks on smooth surfaces such as glass or porcelain.

The most common type of pencil casing is a thin ...

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