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How do they get the lead in a wooden pencil?

March 17th, 2010

Episode 566 of 1067 episodes

Today's pencils are manufactured very differently than the original versions; but they still use a material called graphite, which isn't lead at all. How does the graphite get in the pencil? Find out in this episode.

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