Did You Know?

  • You can find us in more than one movie: Our Very Own, presented into theatres 2005 - a story about Sandra Locke's teenage years in Shelbyville... The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a Walt Disney movie presented into theatres 2012... CBS Sunday Morning ran a pencil fact segment in November of 2012 and repeated in 2013. Henry Hulan III spoke about the family owned manufacturing business established in 1916.
  • More than 14 billion pencils are produced in the world every year? That enough to circle the globe 62 times!
  • One pencil will draw a line 731 miles long.
  • Pencils don't really contain lead. Referred to in some cases as "core". (That gray matter, the core, is graphite and clay). "Graphite" derived from the Greek word "graphein" meaning "to write", and when compressed with a lot of heat becomes diamond.
  • Two billion pencils are made in the United States each year.
  • The pencil was invented more than 400 years ago in 1565.
  • Famous novelists Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck used pencils to write their books.
  • Pencils didn't have erasers on them until 100 years ago because teachers felt they would encourage mistakes.
  • It would cost $50 in labor and materials for a person to make a 10-cent pencil.
  • One million pencils are used annually on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • The average pencil can be sharpened 17 times and write 45,000 words.
  • A good-size tree will make about 300,000 pencils.
  • Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" in pencil.
  • Typically there's a market of 20 pencils grades, for instance: "H" means hard, "B" means black, and "F" means fine point.