Interesting Facts about Pencils and Pens

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History of writing instruments, pencils and pens, is thousands years long. We us pens, in one form or another, since the First Dynasty of Ancient Egypt while the pencils are much younger but nothing less important. Here are some interesting facts about them.

  • Around 2,500 pencils can be made from one average tree.
  • Word “pencil” comes from Old French word “pincel” meaning “a small paintbrush”. Pincel, in turn, comes from Latin “penicillus” meaning a "little tail".
  • Ballpoint pens were very popular among pilots in World War II because they did not leak at high altitudes.
  • Biro Company sells 14 million pieces of “BIC Crystal” ballpoint pens a day across the world. It is the best-selling ballpoint pen it the world.
  • United States produces 2 billion pens in a year.
  • John Steinbeck used as 60 pencils a day to write his novels.
  • Newspaper pencils have casing made from old newspaper and each one is made from one sheet.
  • There is a rule in the US Navy to not use red pens for marking maps. At night, ships use red light which would turn red markings on maps invisible and cause disasters.
  • Longest pencil in the world has 323.51 m in length. It is made by Edward Douglas Miller from United Kingdom. It holds the World’s Guinness Record for longest pencil for now.
  • Hairs of more expensive calligraphic brushes are made of hairs of tiger, fowl, deer and even humans. Handles for these brushes are made of gold, silver, jade, ivory, red sandalwood or spotted bamboo.
  • The oldest surviving fountain pen is from 1702. It was designed by M. Bion from France.
  • Emilio Arenas from Uruguay has the largest collection of black pencils in the world. He has 16,260 pencils from all over the world and holds a Guinness Record.
  • Parts of Dead Sea Scrolls, which are written somewhere around 100 BC, were written with quills.
  • Oldest surviving pencil dates from 17th century. It was found in the roof of an old German house while it was renovated and given to Faber-Castell.
  • Largest ballpoint pen was made by Acharya Makunuri Srinivasa from India. It has 5.5 m in length and its weight is 37.23 kg. Its casing is engraved with scenes from Indian mythology.
  • Pencil leads contain no lead - just graphite and clay.
  • Demetra Koutsouridou from Greece has a collection of 8,514 different pencils sharpeners - the largest collection of pencil sharpeners in the world.
  • The earliest intact ink brush was found in the tomb of a Chu citizen. It was found in 1954 and it dates from the Warring States period (475 - 221BC).
  • Name “graphite” comes from Greek “graphein” which means “to write”.
  • In 2004, factories in China made over 10 billion pencils, enough to circle the earth more than 40 times.
  • The president of the United States signs bills every time with a different pen and that pen is never used again for signing.
  • Parker’s ballpoint pens can write a line 8 km long before they run out of ink.
  • Plastic/bendable pencils are made of plasticized graphite mix for core and co-extruded wood composite core.
  • The most expensive fountain pen is “Fulgor Nocturnus”. It is made by Tibaldi from Italy and is decorated with 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies. Its price is 8 million dollars.
  • The most expensive pencil is a limited edition of the Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil. It is made of 240 year-old olive wood and 18-carat white gold. Its price is $12,800.
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