Is there lead in mechanical pencils?

Answer's graphite....not lead

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Who First Invented Mechanical Pencils?

According to, the first mechanical pencil, known as the "Ever-Ready Sharp Pencil," was invented in 1915 by Tokuji Hayakawa. By 1970, Hayakawa's company, which manufactured the... Read More »

What element is the lead in lead pencils?

The element that makes up the lead in lead pencils is graphite. The mineral is mixed with clay to form the core of the pencil. Adjusting the graphite-to-clay ratio results in different lead-hardnes... Read More »

Do pencils still contain lead?

Non-toxic graphite is used in pencils, not lead. Graphite has always been used in pencils. When it was discovered in the 1500s, it was believed it to be a form of lead. Even though it is now known ... Read More »

What are lead pencils really made of?

Pencils are not made of lead, but of a mixture of clay and graphite, crushed into a powder. The materials are pressed through a tool to make a cylinder shape. This cylinder is inserted between two ... Read More »