Brand: American Pencil Co.
Made in: USA
Extra thick, black lead. NOTE: BLACKHAWK DOWN!! This is the second pack I have received where the gold embossing has faded on all the pencils. It actually looks like black print on a black pencil while some have a slight gold tint to them. Probably not going to be a great example for your collection, however I sharpened one and they make a soft, smooth and dark mark.
In 1860, Edward Weissenborn set up his pencil factory in Jersey City Heights, New Jersey. It was called the American Lead Pencil Company. In 1885, the American Lead Pencil Company was sold to the Reckford Family and by 1915 their New Jersey factories employed more than 2,000 people. In 1956 they changed the name to Venus Pen and Pencil Corp., and in 1967 they became Venus-Esterbrook through mergers. Then in 1971 they were bought out by Berol who two years later was acquired by Faber-Castell USA. The company was ultimately brought in under the Sanford Corporation during another buyout/merger while part of parent company Newell Rubbermaid (now Newell Brands).