I use one almost everyday without fail. Whether it’s a quick sketch, or something in more detail, there’s always a pencil of some description to hand. Even as I look around me know, I have two pencils (amongst a range of other writing and sketching utensils) within arm’s reach. Yet I’ve never really given too much thought as to how these little necessities are made.
This video offers us a glimpse inside the Staedtler factory, and an insight into the remarkable detail that goes into all the steps involved in manufacturing a single pencil.
From the elastic glue that cushions the lead inside the pencil to help prevent it breaking, to the crucial “lead sandwich”, and of course the final sharpening drum that completes the process and turns them into the final product we all recognise and use. Enjoy.