|Brand Name||Dixon Ticonderoga|
|Item Weight||0.32 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.7 x 3.8 x 2.5 inches|
|Item model number||13872|
|Pencil Lead Degree (Hardness)||HB|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||13872|
Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 HB Pencils, Box of 96, Yellow (13872)
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- Exclusive #2 HB graphite core formula provides extra smooth performance
- Crafted from reforested quality cedar wood
- Satin smooth finish enhances writing comfort
- Top quality latex-free eraser provides easy, clean corrections
- Includes 96 pencils comprised of 8 cases of 12 pencils each
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With a rich heritage, and origins dating back to 1795, the Dixon Ticonderoga Company throughout history has made its mark through quality, integrity, respect and perseverance. Today Dixon Ticonderoga continues to make its mark manufacturing and marketing writing instruments, art supplies and tools for self-expression. The Ticonderoga is the world's best pencil. A satin smooth finish enhances writing comfort while an exclusive graphite core formula gives you extra smooth performance. PMA certified non-toxic and crafted with premium wood from well managed forests, these top quality pencils feature latex-free erasers to provide easy, clean corrections. More than a writing and art products company, Dixon Ticonderoga empowers people to take conscious and subliminal thoughts, facts, ideas and dreams, and preserve them using tools that are simply extensions of themselves.
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With a satin-smooth finish for enhanced comfort, the Dixon Ticonderoga Woodcase Yellow Barrel #2 Pencil features an exclusive graphite core formula for smooth writing performance. Every pencil in this pack of 96 is crafted from reforested quality cedar wood for easy sharpening, and comes topped with a high quality latex-free eraser for clean, easy corrections. Safe for classroom use, these pencils are PMA certified non-toxic.
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Also, Ticonderogas over time have changed their packaging graphics and they will no longer specify wood type on the box, anymore. They now use a generic phrase "Premium Wood / Bois de la meilleure / Madera de primera calidad" which gives absolutely no indication if the wood is cedar or not.
Of late, they have a stamp signifying "100% American CEDAR WOOD sustainable forests" and this designation will grace all boxes of pencils that are created out of incense-cedar (presumably!).
It seems that this stamp has started to show on their products manufactured starting 2016. You will see it on their colored erasable/checking pencils, Tri-Conderogas, and their standard issue Ticonderogas in the 12-pack cardboard box, 24-pack hang tab clear plastic boxes, 48-pack hang tab green cardboard boxes, and the 96-pack cello wrapped variety which is in actuality 8 of the 12-pack boxes packaged as a single 96 count unit.
They probably will start to use this designation on other products as well to make it easier to distinguish which of their products are incense-cedar wood and which are not.
UPDATE: They also have a new stamp in the form of a gold colored banner: "Celebrating over 100 years of excellence". AVOID those like the plague! You are buying the low-end Ticonderoga. The irony...that they would label their low-end garbage as "excellence".
Ticonderogas come in a higher grade and lower grade now. Look for the green-white CEDAR WOOD stamp if you want the high grade Ticonderoga.
The problem is that there are huge stocks of pre-2016 packaging and it is hard to tell what's inside unless you actually peek into the box and handle the pencil in person. Even then, some variety of Ticonderogas will have sloppy paint jobs that have paint dripped over the ends and make it difficult to see the wood grain or take a whiff which is an important hint as to what you are dealing with (cedar vs basswood). Of course this is not possible when buying on Amazon.
I've bought 96-pack Ticonderogas at the large wholesale membership stores before (Costco) that are of the Mexican origin, in the same cello wrapped individually boxed units per dozen, HOWEVER, they are "not marked for individual sale", meaning the bar codes and product code (i.e. 13882) are not imprinted on the individual boxes.
The 96-pack bought today (2/6/2016) here on Amazon are also of the Mexican variety, in the same cello wrapped individual boxed units per dozen, AND they are each marked for individual sale, replete with barcodes and product codes. This is an interesting distinction because there is a huge quality difference between the two, and this is the crux of this review:
- The Costco variety have a strong paint smell where the Amazon variety is nicely aromatic cedar.
- The Costco variety is NOT imprinted as 100% AMERICAN cedar wood, the Amazon variety has the imprint.
- The Costco variety is obviously not cedar wood, wood is a pasty white without visible woodgrain patterns
- The Costco variety had very poor paint jobs and the classic green foil lettering and logos are noticeably poorer quality
- There were more curved pencil "bananas" and off-centered leads in the Costco variety
- The Amazon variety had largely well centered leads with mostly straight barrels, and the ferrule yellow paint stripes were clean
This all means that if you are lucky and score a box of the cedar wood variety, you will have a great writing experience.
The Mexican Ticonderogas were generally thought to be superior to the Chinese versions, because the Ticonderogas made in China largely used basswood/non-cedar wood, had a smallish eraser head, and the leads were poorly centered, and the ferrules were poorly painted as well. A lot of technical problems seems to plaque the Chinese version, like leads falling out (poorly bonded lead), or broken leads, or not sharpening well to a point (poor quality wood to blame). However, my Costco experience illustrates that both factories, whether it be China or Mexico, produce higher grade Ticonderogas and clearly lower grade ones as well.
Interestingly, the latest batch of pencils that are hitting the shelves in big office retailers like Office Depot or Staples are of FANTASTIC quality and they are made in China versions, with well centered lead cores, incense-cedar wood barrels, sharply imprinted foil lettering, and ferrules that are printed very evenly with a bright yellow band, and erasers that are starting to grow to a size that almost rivals the Mexican counterparts. They are slightly darker in color and a very smooth, satin finish.
I hope that Dixon is starting to listen to the myriad of complaints about the inconsistencies of their Ticonderoga product line, and the latest developments in this venerable brand is surely encouraging that all is not falling on deaf ears. In fact, the latest batch that are made in China would indicate that they have made a major commitment to restoring the brand to its former glory!
Although this page clearly says that if you order 144 Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils you will get 6 24-count boxes, and the graphic shows actual Ticonderoga pencils, THAT IS NOT WHAT THEY SENT.
What I received was a box of 144 #2 Dixon pencils - not TICONDEROGA. What is the difference, you ask? Well, in visual inspection of the first few pencils I see, the graphite is clearly not centered. That means it will not sharpen properly and will be more likely to break. Dixon is a brand that makes several qualities of pencil, of which Ticonderoga is the highest. Ticonderoga pencils have the green metal that holds the high quality eraser. This box has pencils with the silver metal holding what appears to be a low quality eraser.
When the pencils arrived, the box was broken open, as well.
I am returning these immediately.
"Not what they used to be" would be a gentle description of these pencils now. The feel of the wood is remeniscant of cheap freebie pencils from a county fair. The wood is now soft, yet flaky and brittle. The lead was broken inside the pencils and constantly fell out. One of them wouldn't sharpen at all and on the first sharpening it got down to the size of the ones I was replacing... That's when I quit and came to right this review.
Ticonderoga should be embarrassed to have let their quality get so bad.