A good pencil is as important a tool in the shop as is a good square. We use them constantly, to mark things, to darken scribe lines, to put reference notes on wood. The Cedar Pointe #2 pencil is made in the New Jersey USA. Yep - that's write, an American made pencil.
The Cedar Pointe is a great writing pencil. It leaves a consistent dark line with little effort, and won't damage the wood or paper surface. The #2 HB graphite is milled in a 100 year old ball mill, with clay from the Belgian coast. This proprietary mixture produces a smooth feel.Sharpening to a fine point is easy because the graphite core is bonded to the cedar, for extra strength.
The incense cedar barrel is uncoated, and develops a nice shop worn appearance over time, and the lovely scent is icing on the cake. The wood will absorb sweat and stains and not get slippery in use. All the way at the other end of the pencil, the black eraser does a good job of clearing away mistakes.
The Cedar Pointe is our preferred instrument for writing, taking notes, and shop layout. Send the kid off to school with a fresh smelling pack of Made in USA pencils, and you are helping to insure there will be American jobs when they graduate.
Overall length is 7 1/2".
Like all the General Pencil Products we sell, the Cedar Pointe #2 Pencil is made in New Jersey, USA.
Today General Pencil Company is the only manufacturer currently producing all the components of their Pencils in the United States. What's more, they have remained a family owned business, since Oscar Weissenborn founded the company in a room of the family home in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Today, James Weissenborn, Oscar's grandson runs the family business, with his daughter Katie.
In the 1990's General was under intense competition from foreign pencil manufacturers; In 1997 the price of a Chinese made yellow school pencil dropped below General's cost of raw materials.
Rather than move production overseas, James Weissenborn reimagined his family company, and re-focused on producing high quality pencils for artists, and writers. James saw the value of the 100 year old machinery purchased by his grandfather. Every step of production, from mixing the graphite and extruding the lead, to shaping slabs of incense cedar, and crimping on metal end caps is done in house, giving General the ability to strictly control their process, and quality.
Today, General Pencil's factory is still pumping out top quality pencils, and artist supplies, from their New Jersey Factory, and have expanded their operation with an office in California, close to their sources for incense cedar.
Open a box of General's pencils and they smell just like the first day of school. That trip down memory lane is a quaint one - but somehow feels right - after all these are quite literally, your grandpa's pencils.