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How A Pencil Is Made

Ever wonder how a pencil is made? Click on each one of the numbers below and see how we go through each and every step in order to make the World's Best Pencil!

 



What Do Those Numbers Mean?

In America, the number on a pencil indicates the degree of hardness or softness of the writing core. The writing core is made from graphite and clay. The more graphite in a pencil - the darker the mark. The more clay in a pencil - the lighter the mark. Europe uses a different grading system. They use letters to refer to the hardness or softness of the writing core. The more graphite in a pencil - the softer the grade. The more clay in a pencil - the harder the grade. For example, H is hard, B is black, F is a fine point, and HB is hard and black.

 
Pencil Numbers

Ticonderoga pencils are available in five degrees:

1 / B - (extra soft / black)
2 / HB - (soft / hard black)
2.5 / F - (medium / fine)
3 / HF - (hard / fine)
4 / 2H - (extra hard)

Make your mark with a Ticonderoga and you’ll make the boldest, sharpest, richest mark that’s easy to see and easy to erase.



How Do You Say It?

Our green and yellow pencil may be famous the world over, but some folks get a little tongue-tied when they try to pronounce the name. For those of you who could use a little help saying "Ticonderoga" we offer the following "Phonetic Phollies" to get you talking like a pro.