Materials for Pen & Pencil Production

There are a range of different materials that go into the productions of pens and pencils. As with any item made in high quantities, it's important to be working with the right material from the start. Suppliers of these materials and more can be sourced by using the business portal.

Pencil materials typically include wood, structured with a graphite core. Historically, lead was a common pencil material, and many people still refer to the center as lead. Typically, Californian Cedar is used to make pencils, as this wood is easily available and does not warp easily. Some pencils also feature erasers, adding a metal casing, pumice, rubber and glue to the list of pencil materials. Specialist pencils for artists include charcoal or substances that act as water colour paints once on the page.

Pen materials include wide variety of substances, including plastic, metal and chemicals and inks. Construction varies and there are many designs for pens. Ball-point pens feature a small metal ball within the nib, allowing ink onto the page when pressure and movement is applied. Alternatively, fountain pens feature a specialised metal nib that allows ink to flow from an interior chamber. Some pens feature a metal based casing, often ideal for engraving or other decoration. However the majority of pens use a plastic outer case which can be easily coloured and is cheaper to produce.

Some mechanical pencils also use a plastic outer case, meaning that pencil and pen materials are sometimes more similar than you might realise. For a more in-depth look at the production methods used and pencil and pen materials required, taking a look at different suppliers and service providers can be useful. provides a list of this nature which may be helpful.

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