What Is Pencil Lead Made of?

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Pencil lead is not made with lead. It is made with ground graphite and clay powder. The clay powder is used as a binder for the lead.
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Despite popular belief that lead is used in pencils, it is not. Lead is used for making bullets, ballast keel of sailboats, in automobiles, in car batteries, scuba diving weight belts, and shotgun pellets. Lead is toxic in large amounts. Other uses for lead include solder for electronics, electrodes used in electrolysis, some types of paint, coating for electrical cords, as a compound for coloring glazes, and even in the manufacturing process of gutters for your home.
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