Pencils and Accessories

Office Allsorts pencils and accessories section offers a great choice of standard wood case pencils as well as coloured and water colour pencils, mechanical pencils, refill leads and pencil sharpeners.

You’d be amazed of the options available for the humble pencil so if you need any help then please call Office Allsorts team on 0115 9455833.

Category Guide

First the interesting facts around pencils!

In around 1500 A.D. an enormous deposit of pure solid graphite was discovered in Cumbria and this remains the only large scale deposit of solid graphite ever found. At the time it was thought that the graphite was in fact a form of lead and it was originally named Plumbago, Latin for Lead Ore. To this day, the graphite in pencil cores is still referred to as pencil lead.

The old adage of not sucking the end of your pencil as it may lead to lead poisoning is in fact myth as graphite is harmless if consumed.

Pencils are graded from their ‘Hardness’(H) to their ‘Blackness’ (B) the harder the pencil the lighter the mark made with soft pencils producing the deeper blacks. The scale is: 9H, 8H, 7H, 6H, 5H, 4H, 3H, 2H, H, F, HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8B, 9B

The reason for such a wide range of pencils and consequently a full range of tones is primarily for artists. Probably the most famous for his pencils being Vincent van Gogh who apparently, only used Faber pencils. Most pencils used in the office are HB.

The variety of pencils is far too large to go into here but here are the more popular ones:

Wood Case pencils – The archetypal pencil, used for general office work and by artists.
Coloured pencils – Usually have a wax-like core and used for art work as the colours can be blended together.
Watercolour Pencils – They can be used to draw lines like normal pencils but once water is brushed on the lines colours can be blended together using watercolour techniques.
Mechanical Pencils – Sometimes call propelling pencils. These are non-disposable pencils which house a ‘lead’ in the barrel which is propelled through a hole. As the lead wears down, more ‘lead’ can be propelled to the writing end. Refill leads are readily available.

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