Pencils are evolving independently in Japan

How many of you could guess what is a ‘Sharp-pencil’, which is also called ‘Shar-pen’ or simply ‘Sharp’? The answer is a mechanical writing tool which is known as ‘mechanical pencil’ or ‘propelling pencil’. In many countries, students mostly use pens (ball-point pens) for writing. But in Japan, use of sharp-pencil is much more common among students. Because it is easy to erase using plastic eraser that keeps the notebook look clean and neat. So it’s one of the indispensable items in their pen cases. Structure of mechanical pencil Sharp-pencil has a pen-like body whose inner part is hollow into ...

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