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#1 bobs51

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:04

Wonderful article from the NY Times on a pencil factory with fabulous graphics.  Hope the link works for all..

 

https://www.nytimes....ner=rss&emc=rss

 

 



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:59

Wonderful article from the NY Times on a pencil factory with fabulous graphics.  Hope the link works for all..

 

https://www.nytimes....ner=rss&emc=rss

 

 

 

Thank you Bob -- I would have missed this otherwise.  Terrific article!   :thumbup:


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 18:54

I read somewhere that the machinery is really, really old.

Look up Musgrave and Moon pencil companies in Shelbyville, TN



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 01:36

I read somewhere that the machinery is really, really old.

Look up Musgrave and Moon pencil companies in Shelbyville, TN

 

It might be analogous to vinyl record production.  When vinyl started to experience a resurgence, so few of the machines were left.  Those that still existed were being maintained using spare parts from machines that had fallen too far into disrepair.  It would be too costly to remake those machines as they were last designed in the 1980's.

 

But...

 

Apparently with the increasing demand, this inspired new machines to be developed that are extremely high tech in comparison, and of course not as expensive to produce and run.

 

Bloomberg: Making The Same Old Vinyl Records With New Machines

 

I wonder if the same thing may happen with wooden pencil manufacturing.


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 20:48

It might be analogous to vinyl record production.  When vinyl started to experience a resurgence, so few of the machines were left.  Those that still existed were being maintained using spare parts from machines that had fallen too far into disrepair.  It would be too costly to remake those machines as they were last designed in the 1980's.
 
But...
 
Apparently with the increasing demand, this inspired new machines to be developed that are extremely high tech in comparison, and of course not as expensive to produce and run.
 
Bloomberg: Making The Same Old Vinyl Records With New Machines
 
I wonder if the same thing may happen with wooden pencil manufacturing.


The thing with pencils though, specifically with General’s, Musgrave, and Moon, is that they are already pretty inexpensive to manufacture, even if you ask them to customize pencils, as some retailers have. I don’t think there is a substantial fear of the machinery breaking beyond repair, the greater issue with pencil manufacture in the U.S. specifically, is competition from chinease manufacturers flooding the market. General’s had to refocus their emphasis to compete, that’s why most people know them through their drawing and sketching pencils seen at art stores. Their #2 pencils are pretty great though, especially the Cedar Pointe.
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 22:48

An interesting thing happened to me today. I found 2 shopping bags full of crayons and pencils at a thrift store today.

They must have thought me crazy, but I took both for 1 USD each.

There are A LOT of made in USA pencils in there, with a great number of them being vintage  :D 

It was fun going through them all!



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Posted 26 January 2018 - 15:46

An interesting thing happened to me today. I found 2 shopping bags full of crayons and pencils at a thrift store today.

They must have thought me crazy, but I took both for 1 USD each.

There are A LOT of made in USA pencils in there, with a great number of them being vintage  :D

It was fun going through them all!

 

That sounds great! I love finding bags/boxes of pens, pencils, and crayons at yard sales. Usually some great finds in them.

 

Mike



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Posted 01 February 2018 - 04:15

I really enjoyed this article. I now own a box of their Cedar Pointes (and a pencil sharpener!)
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Posted 01 February 2018 - 06:51

 
That sounds great! I love finding bags/boxes of pens, pencils, and crayons at yard sales. Usually some great finds in them.
 
Mike


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Posted 03 February 2018 - 00:55

I really enjoyed this article. I now own a box of their Cedar Pointes (and a pencil sharpener!)

 

I own a huge stash of thousands of different types of pencils. My prized possession are 8 boxes of brand new unused Blackwing limited production Volume 211's in natural cedar wood.


Edited by Donald2, 03 February 2018 - 00:56.


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 15:35

 
I own a huge stash of thousands of different types of pencils. My prized possession are 8 boxes of brand new unused Blackwing limited production Volume 211's in natural cedar wood.


I also have stashes of boxes of pencils that write very well even on the low cost scale: Staedtler Rally, black painted Staples #2, Norico, USA Silver, Generals Cedar Pointe. Paid as little as 1 to 2 dollars per box on clearance with 36 pencils per box. I have a few boxes of Blackwing 602, Tombow, mitsubishi Uni Hi and others.

I bought several boxes of some basic office pencils for only .17 per box. Last year i donated a large number to schools for hurricane relief. I had way too many anyway.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 00:44

Very cool


Edited by Zaphodbebullbrox, 01 March 2018 - 12:13.







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