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Old 12-02-2019, 11:44 PM
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Default Lead pencil ?????

I found this piece of lead the other day. Is this just a random piece of lead or possibly a pencil? It's sort of has an edge like a doll knife fits comfortably between your fingers.

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Old 12-03-2019, 01:27 AM
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wheel weight? the 'lead' in a pencil is graphite.

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wheel weight? the 'lead' in a pencil is graphite.
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Looks like a net weight?

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Originally Posted by Iggyks View post
wheel weight? the 'lead' in a pencil is graphite.
old pencils were actually lead......people post em from civil war sites and stuff all the time. Not saying that's what it is here, just letting you know.
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Old 12-04-2019, 01:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Tpmetal View post
old pencils were actually lead......people post em from civil war sites and stuff all the time. Not saying that's what it is here, just letting you know.
Oops... guess that's where "lead" came from. Open mouth, insert foot.

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Old 12-04-2019, 01:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Iggyks View post
Oops... guess that's where "lead" came from. Open mouth, insert foot.
Well, this was found on a Civil War re-enactors site.
"MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PENCIL:

Sometime before 1565 (some sources say as early as 1500), an enormous deposit of graphite was discovered on the approach to Grey Knotts from the hamlet of Seathwaite in Borrowdale parish, Cumbria, England. This particular deposit of graphite was extremely pure and solid, and it could easily be sawn into sticks. Chemistry was in its infancy and the substance was thought to be a form of lead. Consequently, it was called plumbago (Latin for "lead ore"). The black core of pencils is still referred to as lead, even though it never contained the element lead.

William Munroe, a cabinetmaker in Concord, Massachusetts, made the first American wood pencils in 1812.

Munroe's method of making pencils was painstakingly slow, and in the neighboring town of Acton, a pencil mill owner named Ebenezer Wood set out to automate the process. He constructed the first of the hexagon- and octagon-shaped wooden casings. A juniper or incense-cedar plank with several long parallel grooves is cut to fashion a "slat," and graphite/clay strings are inserted into the grooves. Another grooved plank is glued on top, and the whole assembly is then cut into individual pencils, which are then varnished or painted.

The majority of pencils made in the US are painted yellow. This tradition began in 1890 when the L. & C. Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond. It was intended to be the world's best and most expensive pencil, and at a time when most pencils were either painted in dark colors or not at all.

Although lead has not been used for writing since antiquity, lead poisoning from pencils was not uncommon. Until the middle of the 20th century the paint used for the outer coating could contain high concentrations of lead and this could be ingested when the pencil was sucked or chewed. "

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Well a good thread on pencils! Interesting stuff, thanks for sharing.

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Originally Posted by Iggyks View post
Well, this was found on a Civil War re-enactors site.
"MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PENCIL:

Sometime before 1565 (some sources say as early as 1500), an enormous deposit of graphite was discovered on the approach to Grey Knotts from the hamlet of Seathwaite in Borrowdale parish, Cumbria, England. This particular deposit of graphite was extremely pure and solid, and it could easily be sawn into sticks. Chemistry was in its infancy and the substance was thought to be a form of lead. Consequently, it was called plumbago (Latin for "lead ore"). The black core of pencils is still referred to as lead, even though it never contained the element lead.

William Munroe, a cabinetmaker in Concord, Massachusetts, made the first American wood pencils in 1812.

Munroe's method of making pencils was painstakingly slow, and in the neighboring town of Acton, a pencil mill owner named Ebenezer Wood set out to automate the process. He constructed the first of the hexagon- and octagon-shaped wooden casings. A juniper or incense-cedar plank with several long parallel grooves is cut to fashion a "slat," and graphite/clay strings are inserted into the grooves. Another grooved plank is glued on top, and the whole assembly is then cut into individual pencils, which are then varnished or painted.

The majority of pencils made in the US are painted yellow. This tradition began in 1890 when the L. & C. Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond. It was intended to be the world's best and most expensive pencil, and at a time when most pencils were either painted in dark colors or not at all.

Although lead has not been used for writing since antiquity, lead poisoning from pencils was not uncommon. Until the middle of the 20th century the paint used for the outer coating could contain high concentrations of lead and this could be ingested when the pencil was sucked or chewed. "
Thank you for the history I appreciate it.

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I know that you can write on paper with a piece of lead (metal), I've tried it..

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Old 12-05-2019, 12:49 AM
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I can imagine soldiers with no pencils making them from lead so they could write home.

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Originally Posted by Iggyks View post
I can imagine soldiers with no pencils making them from lead so they could write home.
not just soldiers but lower class as well, if they had the ability to read a write. Getting ahold of a chunk of lead was way easier and cheaper than buying a pencil. Especially if the store was more than a few miles away....
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