Here's a myth buster: There is no lead in pencils. Rather, the core is made up of a non-toxic mineral called graphite. The common name “pencil lead” is due to an historic association with the stylus made of lead in ancient Roman times.
Also question is, what is a graphite pencil used for?
Solid graphite pencils, also known as woodless pencils, are often used for art and drawing. While a standard pencil is a thin core of graphite (well, graphite mixed with clay, generally) inside a wooden body, a solid graphite pencil does away with the wood.
What does H and B stand for on a pencil?
HB Graphite Scale. The second graphite grading scale is known as the HB scale. Most pencil manufacturers outside of the U.S. use this scale, using the letter “H” to indicate a hard pencil. Likewise, a pencil maker might use the letter “B” to designate the blackness of the pencil's mark, indicating a softer lead.
Can you erase a graphite pencil?
If not, throw it away. Here's a more detailed review of pencil brands. Kneaded Eraser – A very soft eraser that you can form into shapes with your fingers. You can actually push very dark graphite farther into the paper by trying to erase it with a vinyl eraser too quickly and with a lot of pressure.