Frederick E Blaisdell Pencil debuted in the 1800s The pencil was an improvement from grease pencils—all you had to do once the graphite wore out was unwrap up more of the pencil. Blaisdell Pencils were famous among artists and weren’t primarily as durable as the ones today. In some cases, artists blew through 60 pieces per day. Over the years, prominent names made orders for custom pencils. Thomas Edison preferred the Eagle Pencil, which was made with thicker graphite than the other pencils.

Founded in 1893, Blaisdell Pencil Co. was based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and had a short stint in England, too. Founder Frederick Blaisdell was granted a U.S. patent in 1895 for the shelf-sharpening paper-pencil.


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