Pencils

Five ways to sharpen a pencil

Five ways to sharpen a pencil

You might be reading this and thinking, ‘surely there’s only one way to sharpen a pencil?’ — in which case, prepare for your eyes to be opened to a whole new world! Otherwise, the chances are you are reading this because you know there are various ways to sharpen a…
A guide to pencil lead grades

A guide to pencil lead grades

Graphite originally became popular in England in 1564, and as the mineral was so soft and brittle that it required a ‘holder’. From here, people began wrapping graphite in string and later began inserting the graphite into wooden sticks, which is how the pencil was created. Pencils are a perfect…
A guide to mechanical pencils

A guide to mechanical pencils

Propelling pencils, also known as mechanical pencils, are a popular product on our site, so it’s time to dedicate a blog article to them. We sell a wide variety of pencils, including woodcase, clutch pencils, and mechanical pencils, but in this blog post we’ll focus exclusively on mechanical — or…
5 alternative uses for pencils

5 alternative uses for pencils

Here at The Pen Company we love pencils, as do many of our customers. However, did you know that a standard, cheap pencil can come in useful for many tasks other than just drawing or writing? Here are five handy tips for solving everyday issues with the humble pencil. Loosen…
The remarkable history of the pencil

The remarkable history of the pencil

The history of the pencil. This probably isn’t an article you’d expect to surprise or excite. However, the history of the beloved and humble pencil is far more complex than most people realise, which actually makes it rather a fascinating tale – encompassing many nations, a war, and some smuggling…