15 Old Pencil Making Factory

Old Pencil Making Factory

Everybody knows how to use a pencil. People treat it as something very usual and useful. But only few have ever thought of how complex the manufacturing process of pencils can be. A Moscow factory has been dealing with the process of pencil production since 1926.

Meanwhile, a pencil goes through 83 technological operations with a manufacturing cycle being equal to 11 days. 107 types of raw material are used in its production. This is actually a well-planned production process with careful control.

Government supported the project and its main task at that time was elimination of illiteracy in the country. For this office accessories had to be made available. After the fall of the USSR the Moscow factory remained the only producer of pencils in the ex-USSR countries with a complete production cycle.

Specially processed lime plates are delivered to the factory. But before they can be used, pencil tubes had to be made.

Pencil tubes are made of clay and graphite. First, clay is granulated. Then granulated clay is sent to the next manufacturing site. There clay is turned into finer powder and mixed with water. Later on mixture for future tubes is freed from impurities and gets ready for further processing.

Tubes are obtained at the site. However, the tubes undergo a number of other technological operations before they are used in pencils.

Now it it time to get the tubes.

Then the tubes are put into special containers.

They are dried for 16 hours.


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15 Responses to “Old Pencil Making Factory”

  1. The Weight of the World says:

    “The journey to the factory helps to pay attention to simple things and understand how much labor is invested into manufacturing of such a simple object as a pencil.”


  2. Yaroslav Votus says:

    These pencils would be of no use for me. They have no erasers.

  3. MikefromCanada says:

    Interesting post!

  4. skopeil says:

    wish i can have that Russian Government pencils.

  5. NeuroManson says:

    In the US, they make pencils with wood. Usually with cedar. Fun to chew on when you’re a kid. I imagine with fired clay you’d chip a tooth or two. Also harder to sharpen with a knife or with a conventional pencil sharpener, most likely.

    • Yaroslav Votus says:

      Are your serious? The Russian pencil is also of wood. The clay is mixed with the graphite to produce the desired writing qualities.

  6. 70KokuSamurai says:

    Armand Hammer was an American businessman of Russian descent, he was known for his close ties to the Soviet Union. It was he who setup the Soviet mind that ”to educate the masses, first we make pencils”. The Soviets were eventually able to duplicate certain items such as typewriter parts and pens and end those foreign- made concessions but were never able to match the quality of Hammer’s pencils so that concession became permanent.

  7. Germany says:

    Awesome post!

  8. Yorkshire says:

    I wonder if this factory makes propelling pencil lead or lead for holders. In many years of drawing experience I have come to love Soviet and former Soviet leads, They are super to almost all others I have use (other than Japanese for ultra hard leads).

  9. JimBeam says:

    Can’t Russian Government buy mechanical pencils for their employees? Hello, we live in the 21st century, only children and artists use old-classic pencils!

    • Jewels Vern says:

      In USA, artists and some engineers pay high prices for old classic pencils. A genuine Goldwing pencil is considered a treasure.

  10. Jose M. says:

    awesome post!!! Is it possible to buy Krasin pencils online??? I would like to have some

  11. Roman says:

    Thats a real pencils, best ones, not chinese ones

  12. rvijay says:

    Excellent pictures.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Will be nice to see a blog post
    on English Russia with some excellent
    Russian Mechanical Pencils and
    the Factories that make them.

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