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.
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