Origin

Origin

A long time after the era of the Celts, who already used graphite in the production of ceramics, English shepherds in 1565 found a glossy anthracite-coloured mineral that was excellently suited for drawing and writing. They gave it the name "plumbago". It was only in 1779 that a Swedish chemist discovered that this material was a type of carbon and not derived from lead. The name commonly used for the substance today is taken from the Greek word Graphein meaning "to write".