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  • Flat Point Sharpener
  • General Pencil

We’ve long wanted to sell an American made carpenter’s pencil but unfortunately with one exception the ubiquitous logo-ed carpenter’s pencil has long been abandoned to the fates of foreign manufacture. The one exception, General Pencil Company’s “Original” Flat sketch pencil is made in New Jersey using machinery that predates the Titanic. It is a slightly less blocky shape than your typical carpenter’s pencil, and the lead is the same high quality ball-milled graphite and Belgian clay found in Generals top of the line Kimberly and Cedar Point pencils.

Unlike some of the more slanderous slabs that currently pass for carpenter’s pencils, General provides an alternative that is nice enough to warrant use on a drafting board, or easel, but is robust and dark marking enough to work on the job site. The slightly ovalized barrel is nice to grip, and just as accurate as its flat sided foreign cousins. The uncoated incense cedar won’t get slippery with sweat, and will acquire a nice shop worn patina with use. Best of all, it fits perfectly into the General Flat Point Sharpener for perfect-every-time sharpening.

The pencil is 7” long. The lead is 5/16” x ⅛” encased in a ½” by 5/16” incense cedar shaft.

Like all the General Pencil Products we sell, the “Original” Flat Sketching Pencil and the the Flat Point Pencil Sharpener are made in New Jersey, USA.
Sharpening carpenters pencils to a flat point is a time honored tradition, and there are undoubtedly more traditional methods than this flat point sharpener. However, we have not found any that do such a darn nice job. For sketching, or calligraphy, a consistent flat point is a necessity, for woodworking it nice to have, but in either case, we think it this sharpener totally rules.

Sharpening is a two step process. First one set of flats, than the second are sharpened, by sliding the pencil back and forth between two sets of blades. There is a learning curve here, but we will let you in on the secret: you have to press the pencil into the sharpener as you slide it back and forth. We know this pencil sharpener isn’t a necessity, but Sharpening with this thing is fun; Call us geeks, but it had the whole Gramercy shop at a stand-still.

The openings on the Flat Point sharpener fit General’s flat sketch pencils perfectly, and standard carpenters pencils, which typically run a little wider and narrower, with a little finagling and vigor. The sharpener leaves the pencil with a small flat at the end which is stronger, won't break off the first time you use it, and leaves a assertive mark and a broad stroke.

The Flat Point sharpener comes with one of General’s “Original” Flat Sketching pencils. The steel blades are not replaceable when dull.

Like all the General Pencil Products we sell, the “Original” Flat Sketching Pencil and the the Flat Point Pencil Sharpener are 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.

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