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Why do carpenter's pencils have oval leads?


Normal pencils are have round lead, but carpenters pencils have oval leads. Why?
Paul, Lightwater


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Name: Dominic, West Ham
Qualification: Cabinet maker
Answer: Firstly, so they don’t roll off the work bench. Secondly, it’s a thicker lead, so you get a better line to saw. It lends itself to drawing straight lines better.

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