Did you know: the lead pencil is not actually a lead pencil – the pencil lead is not made of lead, it’s graphite. So what should actually be called a graphite pencil has been erroneously been called lead pencil since the 17th century. Probably because back then one thought graphite was lead ore. In the meantime, however, the “lead pencil” has become a generic term, so we won‘t rename it. By the way, the Lamy propelling and mechanical pencils are very popular and are in a class unto themselves. Convince yourself – and then do the same!