General Pencil Company's artist products 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 five generations. Our history dates back to 1864 when Edward Weissenborn began the first pencil factory, American Lead Pencil Co., in the USA. In 1889, Edward and his son, Oscar A., began, The Pencil Exchange, 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. Our products continue to be the American made choice for aspiring and world renowned artists alike. We thank you for choosing our fine art and craft products for your creative talents and enjoyment.