General Pencil Company
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. Still family owned and operated, our goal is to create consistent, quality products in a sustainable manner for artists of all levels. We thank you for choosing our fine art and craft products for your creative talents and enjoyment.
Product history “Told in Paris” is closely linked to the personality of its creator, Nicolas Jacques Conté born in 1755 was in effect during the fifty years that he lived, painter, chemist, physicist, inventor and balloonist . The historical contribution of Nicolas Jacques Conté is incontestable. He developed in 1794, the modern graphite mine consists of a mixture of clay and graphite finally makes it possible to scale the hardness of the mine.
The history of the graphite pencils which are made today in the factory in Hirm stretches back as far as 1790, the year in which the successful architect and entrepreneur Joseph Hardtmuth invented the very first graphite pencil in Vienna. As a result, a firm was founded and a manufacturing site in Vienna was acquired, which was eventually relocated in Hirm in the nineteen seventies. The original firm founded by Hardtmuth is run today by a company in the Czech Republic. The production plant in Hirm was acquired in 1996 by Hans Wolfgang Hromatka, an Austrian entrepreneur, art lover and passionate collector of pencils, who has since transformed the company from a state of bankruptcy to the thriving manufacturer of artists’ materials that it is today.