Somewhere, the spirit of C. Howard Hunt must be beaming with pride, because the pens his company began to manufacture in 1899 are still being produced. What’s more, the company, now called Speedball® after its famous dip pens, is alive and healthy.
A new chapter to the history of Speedball® began November 14, 1997 when our CEO Walt Glazer led a buyout of the Speedball® division during Hunt Corporation’s restructuring.
J. Herbin was established in 1670, when Louis XIV, the Sun King, was 32 years old.
M. Herbin was a sailor, and from his many journeys to India he brought back to Paris formulas for manufacturing sealing wax. His special lacquer formula improved the quality of the seals in adhesion and neatness, helping him to become famous throughout the kingdom.
J. Herbin is also the oldest name in ink production in the world.
Since 1856, as a result of our association with D. Leonardt & Co we have been at the forefront of pen nib manufacture and design. Now over 150 years later we continue along that path combining the traditional elements of writing with new and exciting craft products.
General’s Pencil Company, Inc
General Pencil Company’s art and craft pencils come to you from our factory in Jersey City, New Jersey. We believe in quality, tradition, value, and the fun of creating. We take pride in handcrafting quality pencils and artist materials using traditional methods passed down for six generations. Our history dates back to 1860 when Edward Weissenborn began the first pencil factory in the USA. In 1889, Edward and his son, Oscar A., began what is now General Pencil Company.