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Why is the number one pencil the #2 pencil?

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Sapphire51

Asked by Sapphire51 at 9:49 AM on Nov. 9, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • # 2 refers to the hardness of the graphite. A #1 pencil would be very soft, so 2 works better for writing.
    anng.atlanta

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 9:51 AM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • lol ironic huh?
    Dark-N-Prego

    Answer by Dark-N-Prego at 9:57 AM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Its all in the hardness of the graphite (lead). And that the #2 lead lasts a long time, gives a good dark legible line and can be read by electronic scanners.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 10:06 AM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Because since everything has to be standardized, most test scoring machines since the dawn of time had to be calibrated to accept only one type of lead and since #2 is harder and darker, they calibrated them to it. That is why #2's rule the world.
    ShouldHaveLeft

    Answer by ShouldHaveLeft at 10:53 AM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • I've wondered the same thing!!
    girliemom0406

    Answer by girliemom0406 at 10:57 AM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Yea it is Ironic...lol
    Sapphire51

    Comment by Sapphire51 (original poster) at 5:23 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

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