Uses of Pencils – Essay

A pencil is a slender tube-shaped tool, filled with colored wax or graphite, used for drawing or writing. It is a relatively old writing instrument and has undergone improvements over time. Its varied uses lead to the development of different types (for various purposes) of pencils. The most common type is the graphite pencil, the standard everyday pencil that contains a core of clay and graphite encased in wood. Different levels of darkness achieved by varying the ratios for graphite and clay.

The other types used for different purposes include; charcoal pencils, shaped like sticks and made from charcoal used in art and carbon pencil, made from a mixture of lamp black and pencil. Solid graphite varieties are similar to the standard ones except that they do not contain the wood casing. This type is used for drawings that cover large areas.

More Uses of Pencil

  • Lubricate keys; when you rub the writing section of the pencil along the teeth of the key, the slippery graphite lubricates and eases it into the lock.
  • Stake small plants; a typical writing pencil is an ideal-sized stake for a small growing plant. Tie it to the plant using a cloth strip to support your houseplant.
  • Repel moths; pencil shavings are very good moth deterrents. Empty your sharpener into your little cloth sacks and moth holes will be a thing of the past.
  • Clean muddy shoes; when boots get muddy, removing the many threads can be stressing. The erase, especially the sharp end can easily get the chunk out.
  • Roll up your nearly empty toothpaste tube; place the pencil perpendicularly across the tube, at the bottom end, and roll it from the tail towards the tip to squeeze the remaining bit out.
  • Earring backs; if you lose an earring back, a pencil eraser is a perfect substitute. It is safer on your skin compared to other alternatives that contain nickel.
  • Duplicate a pattern; place a piece of paper on an object and scribble lightly over its surface to duplicate the details.
  • Hair accessory; two pencils arranged to form an X shape can decorate and stabilize air bun. It can also lift your curly hair.
  • Repair sticky zippers; rub the graphite along the teeth of your stubborn zipper and the zipper will start running smoothly up and down again.
  • Eradicate grime; pencil erasers contain pumice and as such can be used to remove scuff marks, shine brass doorknob or scrub off sticker dirt on a window.
  • Align picture frames; to fix tilted picture frame stick some pieces of a pencil to the back of the affected corners of the frame.
  • Clear sinks; use a pencil to push debris down your kitchen sink when it is clogged and can’t allow water to flow down.
  • Retrieve tiny items; when your screw or any other tiny items roll out of reach using two pencils to remove it. Let the eraser side touch the item for a secure grip.
  • Enhance call clarity; use a pencil to remove the dust on the earpiece, charger cradle and mouthpiece and your phone call quality will improve.
  • Repair a door; to establish where a wooden gets stuck scribble with a pencil along the latch edge. Close and open it. The area where the pencil mark has smudged requires some fixing.


Besides being writing utensils, pencils have many other important uses. From lubricating keys to clearing clogged sinks, this easily available writing tool can help you with a lot of disturbing yet simple tasks.
Always place one within easy reach to ensure it is readily available when you need it.

By: Joni Kim