Pencil: original

The original pencil was just a thin, metal stick, which was used for scratching shapes and letters on to papyrus, which was an old type of paper. This was done by the ancient Egyptians and Romans, and the word ‘pencil’ comes from the Latin (Roman) word ‘pencillus’ which means ‘little tail’.

Ancient writing on papyrus paper
Ancient writing on papyrus paper
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