A Scientific Study of Pencil Lead Components

    Volume 23, Issue 4 (October 1978)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 October 1978

    Page Count: 19


    Cantu, AA
    Forensic chemists, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Washington, D.C.,

    Lyter, A
    Forensic chemists, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Washington, D.C.,

    Brunnelle, R
    Forensic chemists, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Washington, D.C.,

    Cain, S
    Document examiner/polygraph examiner, U.S. Secret Service, Washington, D.C.,

    (Received 8 November 1977; accepted 3 February 1978)

    Abstract

    The term “lead” pencil is a misnomer in that the pencil contains no lead but rather is composed of three primary ingredients in varying proportions: graphites, clays, and waxes [1]. Since its introduction during the 16th century, the pencil has become the most widely used writing instrument throughout the world. Americans yearly consume over two billion pencils, with the U.S. government and Bell Telephone System being the largest purchasers. It has been reported that enough pencils are produced every year in the United States to supply every American with one pencil every 40 days.


    Paper ID: JFS10720J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10720J

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