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Tennessee Red Pencils

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Once upon a time, American-made pencils were primarily made out of Tennessee red cedar, which is a darker, streaky-er, more fragrant type of cedar. Towards the middle of the 20th century, pencil companies began phasing it out as California incense cedar was found to be easier to work with, and much more plentiful. These gorgeous pencils are made from this special wood, and feature a premium, smooth HB/#2 core. Be sure to study the woodgrain, which varies pencil-to-pencil, and give them a good sniff (trust us!). 

Shelbyville, TN was once known as “Pencil City,” as many pencil companies set up shop there in the early 20th century, due to the close proximity to an ample supply of red cedar. Now, there is only one remaining: our beloved Musgrave Pencil Company, which was founded in 1916. Family-owned and still making many of their famed heritage models, Musgrave is thriving as they re-invent what the American pencil can be in the 21st century.

Additional Details

Pencil Type:
Wood-cased
Grade:
HB
Diameter:
Normal
Quantity:
12
Eraser?:
Yes
Barrel:
Hexagonal
Length:
7.5"
Origin:
United States

1 Review

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    Tennessee red pencils

    Published by Marissa Jones on Apr 27th 2021

    I really like the smell of red cedar, however this pencil has a clear finish on it so you can only smell it for a little while after sharpening the pencil. That part is okay but what really get me it the amount of tear out you get in the wood when sharpening the pencil (and no it is not my sharpener, it only happens with these pencils). Cedar is a hard wood that has a lot of knots in it. When sharpening my pencils I notice the end of the lead never got very sharp, or pointed it was just think and dull and look like it was almost ready to break off due to the tear out in the wood.

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