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Pencil maker takes the battle of fakes to court

A SHANGHAI-BASED pencil manufacturer is suing over 30 stationery stores and companies in southwest China for selling fake pencils. The 2B pencils are commonly used for college entrance exams in the country.

The Chung Hwa 2B pencil is a must for tests at the National College Entrance Examination and other important exams, but many of the pencils in the market are fakes which affect the scores as the machines can read only 60 percent of the answers, according to the China Writing Instrument Association.

"The First Pencil Co Ltd has been cracking down on the fake pencil makers across China for over 10 years, but still cannot get rid of them," said Feng, a lawyer for the Lao Fengxiang Jewelry Store, the shareholder of the First Pencil which is suing 30 stores and companies in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.

In an experiment conducted by the association, two answer sheets with the same answers - one with the authentic and the other one with fake Chung Hwa 2B pencil - were graded 100 and 87 respectively by the machine, Feng said.

"During the national exams, even a single point is decisive to the students, let alone the 20 point differences caused by the fake pencils," Feng said.


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