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Disappearing pencils

1. The Wall Street Journal recently mentioned (as part of a larger story) that the Musgrave Pencil Co. had laid off staff. That’s unfortunate for those involved as well as for users of quality pencils. I think the better Musgrave pencils – the Unigraph and the Musgrave HB – are first rate. 2. Some while [...]

Musgrave Choo-Choo pencil

The Musgrave Choo-Choo pencil is an oversize round pencil for children. Made in Shelbyville, Tennessee by the Musgrave Pencil Co., it is finished in yellow with a gold ferrule and pink eraser. The type and graphics are delightful. Made of cedar, sharpening (which I would think is important in a children’s pencil) is a breeze. [...]

Multiplication table pencils

There are a few novelty pencil genres that seem persistent. Though ballpoint pens are always encroaching, the pencil still seems to be a choice at many museum gift shops, at hotels, and a select few other places. One of these persistent genres seems to be the “multiplication pencil” – a pencil for children with a [...]

Musgrave 90th Anniversary pencil

We are late by two years – the Musgrave Pencil Company’s 90th anniversary was in 2006. Yet, it was still a true delight to recently receive a box of Musgrave’s 90th anniversary pencils. Round pencils, they have gold coloured ferrules, with white erasers. All have dyed wood – red, green, or yellow, with corresponding varnish. [...]

Musgrave Test Scoring 100 pencil

We looked at the famous IBM Electrographic pencil a few months ago. Other pencils whose marks will be read by machine scanners are still made today. I am happy to be able to present the Musgrave Test Scoring 100 pencil made by the Musgrave Pencil Co. of Shelbyville, Tennessee. While the finish of the Musgrave [...]

Musgrave HB pencil

The Musgrave Pencil Company, like the General Pencil Company, is one of the last independent American pencil makers.