America’s Pencil: USA Gold.

We reviewed this pencil last year. The folks who sent them mentioned that the URL would be done away with. And they weren’t fooling. Now the pencils merely read:

AMERICA’S PENCIL        U.S.A. GOLD       2  HB

This is fantastic, especially for the school market. While General’s is close to my heart (and 125 years old this year!), they aren’t in the big-box stores where families typically stock up for school. The USA Gold (Silver) line keeps American-made pencils in the hands of The Kiddies like no other manufacturer these days, after Sanford and Dixon moved their production out of the country in the last decade.

And, while some Comrades might find it boastful or silly, I really like this pencil’s new Slogan. And I officially call for a return to pencils having Slogans (“Half the pressure, twice the speed” — “A bottle of ink in a pencil”).

12 Replies to “America’s Pencil: USA Gold.”

  1. Yes, indeed!
    And perhaps you remember the radio jingle for Ticonderoga pencils:
    -Sung to the tune of “Yellow Rose of Texas:”

    “Ticonderoga Pencils
    Have won their way to fame
    As a fine American pencil
    With a fine American name.”

  2. Just want to say that I love, love, love America’s Pencil!!! I teach third grade and these are by far the best quality pencils, and the easiest to sharpen. I only wish all of my students had bought these. I will be looking for your brand when I do my weekend school shopping.

  3. I am a teacher’s aide for an elementary school and I sharpen ALOT of pencils. I wanted to commend you for making an excellent pencil. The quality of your pencils is the best by far. They don’t get eaten by the pencil sharpener like other brands. Thank you for making a fine quality pencil!!

  4. I believe that the newest rendition is thicker than those that were reviewed previously. The wood grain versions no longer have the finger joints and appear to be made from a more contiguous length of wood. Although the erasers are shorter than some competitors, they may be more effective, so that shouldn’t be a deterrent to their purchase.

    1. They new ones are very nice pencils indeed! I’m glad they are improving their pencils. Imagine, it’s 2014, and an American-made pencil is getting *better*! (Not being the least bit sarcastic.)

  5. U.S.A. Gold Pencils are such a Blessing! Teaching the children has been spectacular in and of itself. Having the proper tools allow us to do our work w/ more satisfaction. Thank you. Sincerely, Virginia A. Bagwell – Sullivan, ME

  6. These pencils are terrible. When i sharpen them with an electric sharpener, the led breaks off. I have sharpened 50% of them to the eraser. I’m not impressed and WILL NOT refer them to any of my fellow teachers.

  7. it snapped the lead every time I sharpened it)) I bought a 24pack of America’s pencil USA gold hb2, although they were at a great deal for those counting their change for school supplies, once we got halfway through the pencil, it snapped the lead every time I sharpened it. Come with the specific sharpener in a box of 24 or higher, that’s what you need to do to get me to buy more of your brand.

  8. These pencils are awful. Every time I sharpen them the lead breaks! By the time I’m done sharpening there is no pencil left. The poor kids in my class waste more time waiting for pencils to be sharpened. It seems like the led is broken all the way down the pencil! This apparently seems to be a problem… how do you plan to fix it???

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