American Made – The General Pencil Company

The days of needing a quality #2 pencil are not gone…my daughter just took PSATs and she needed one, and we rummaged through every drawer in our house in search of one singular #2 pencil. Of course I only found some old pencils probably from a dollar store that were made in Indonesia which didn’t say if they were #2 or 3 or 4 or anything.

So here is a quality answer…the General Pencil Company from Jersey City, New Jersey, right here in the good ol’ USA.  The family owned company has been in business since 1889…talk about vintage love.  The Cedar Pointe Pencils are made with genuine Incense Cedar and the core is #2/HB for writing and drawing. At $10 for 3 dozen…a bargain or what?

The company features an entire line of pencil, graphite and art products, such as graphite drawing tools, powdered graphite and charcoal, compressed charcoal sticks and pencils, water-color pencil sets and pastel chalk sets, to name a few. Art books and how to make pencil kits are also offered, great for kids and classrooms. The website also features an online Artist Community and Gallery that features artists who use the General’s art supplies to create their expressions. Very cool.

The General Pencil Company has a great history.

“We take pride in handcrafting quality pencils and artist materials using traditional methods passed down for five generations. Our history dates back to 1861 when Edward Weissenborn founded the American Lead Pencil Co. in Hoboken, NJ. He was an inventor and machinist and acquired 28 patents for improved machinery and processes in making 360 different kinds of pencils. Weissenborn sold the company to The Reckford family in 1885. He then established the pencil exchange in Jersey City, New Jersey with his son Oscar, in 1889 .Which was later renamed The General Pencil Company.”


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