Six companies make most of the world's pencils. Four are in the U. S. Three are owned by families. All are over 70 years old. Standard pencils are in the 5¢ and 10¢ fields. The four companies and their leading brands are:
American Velvet Venus
Dixon Ticondcroga Eldorado
Eagle Mikado Turquoise
Faber Mongol Van Dyke (15¢)
About 40 raw materials go into a pencil.
It takes a month to make a penny pencil, six months for a 10¢ pencil. Cedar wood is best. When the cedar forests of the South began to be exhausted...