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eshop at General Pencil's web store for Made in the USA products
One of the products General Pencil sells is Made in the USA Brush Cleaner. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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General Pencil Company is a family owned business. It has been owned and operated by the Weissenborn family since 1889. Edward Weissenborn, a brilliant mechanical engineer, founded one of the first pencil factories in America. He learned the art of pencil making in Germany while working for the I.I. Renbach Lead Pencil Company. In 1854, he came to America to establish his own pencil factory. In 1860 he accomplished just that.

After assisting in the design and construction of the Civil War battleship, the USS Monitor, Edward set up his pencil factory in Jersey City Heights, New Jersey. It was called the American Pencil Company.

The American Pencil Company quickly earned a reputation for producing quality pencils. They received hundreds of letters praising their products, including letters from four members of President Lincoln's cabinet. In 1866, letters of commendation were received from the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City.

In 1885, the American Pencil Company was sold to the Reckford Family so that Edward could pursue his love for naval engineering. Four years later, in 1889, Oscar A. Weissenborn, Edward's son, followed in his father's footsteps by founding his own pencil company. He began making pencils in a large room of the family home in Jersey City, New Jersey. He set up his own machine shop because at the time it was impossible to buy pencil making equipment. The following year Oscar rented a floor over a grocery, and in 1891 he rented an old mansion for a factory. He called the operation the Pencil Exchange. In 1914 he moved into his own factory in Jersey City.

World War I nearly killed the fledgling Pencil Exchange. The British blockade made it impossible for pencil manufacturers to get lead from Germany. The British put into effect an Orders-in-Council prohibiting American importers from obtaining any German products - even if they were paid for with American money and lying in neutral ports awaiting shipment. An emergency meeting of importers was held in 1915 in New York City where Oscar Weissenborn took the lead in presenting the views of the pencil industry. He called the British order:

The most outrageous invasion of the rights of the United States of America in its peaceful trade relations in non-contraband articles, being a curtailment of the commerce of the sea, contrary to all international law and custom.

His speech was widely quoted in the American Press, and it came to the attention of the British authorities. Oscar went to Washington to plead his case at the British Embassy, but the British were adamant. This left the American pencil manufacturers unable to get their leads out of Germany. Oscar experimented and came up with a way to make his own leads. Many of General Pencil's unique drawing formulas were created in those years.

In December of 1923 his operation became General Pencil Company. In 1927, his son, Oscar E. Weissenborn, entered the family business. Later his three sons, Oscar A., James, and F. Hill entered the family business.

In 1965, General Pencil expanded operations into California to become closer to the incense cedar supply and to the Western markets it was developing. Oscar A. Weissenborn took over as President in the 1970's, and James Weissenborn became CEO in 1979. James expanded the product line, and increased the sales and distribution capacity of General Pencil to become a worldwide supplier of fine art and craft products. James has led the company since then, and continues to inspire creative and innovative products for the fine artist. While selling pencils and managing the company, James has managed to pass along his passion for pencils to the fifth generation of the Weissenborn family.

James has taught the art of pencil making to his three children, with his daughter Katie Weissenborn joining the company in 1991. Now James and Katie work side by side selling General's? Artist Pencils and sharing their passion for art. General Pencil continues to handcraft its pencils using sustained yield genuine California Incense Cedar wood and traditional quality formulas in the same Jersey City factory. In 2008 General Pencil was featured on The History Channel's show Modern Marvels, episode Carbon, highlighting General Pencil's commitment to quality and its drive to create products that are the American-made choice for aspiring and world renowned artists alike.

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Handcrafted with Pride in our Factory in Jersey City, New Jersey USA
General Pencil Company's art and craft pencils come to you from our factory in Jersey City, New Jersey. We believe in quality, tradition, value, and the fun of creating. We take pride in handcrafting quality pencils and artist materials using traditional methods passed down for six generations. Our history dates back to 1860 when Edward Weissenborn began the first pencil factory in the USA. In 1889, Edward and his son, Oscar A., began what is now General Pencil Company. Still family owned and operated, our goal is to create consistent, quality products in a sustainable manner for artists of all levels. We thank you for choosing our fine art and craft products for your creative talents and enjoyment.

eshop at Goldquest's web store for American Made products
One of the products Goldquest sells is American Made Rock Crusher. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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The smaller the rocks, the further down it will go into the jaws, and the easier it is to crush it finer. The upper part of the moving jaw is primarily a forward and back motion, whereas the lower part of the jaw is primarily an up and down motion.

NEVER operate the CrazyCrusher with the steel safety plate open! Initial breaking of rocks can and will cause chips to fly out of the top. The safety plate is designed to keep the chips inside the crusher where they belong.

It is highly advisable to wear good leather gloves or mechanics gloves while working the CrazyCrusher to avoid getting blisters.

A catch container is included with the crusher. Start with the adjustable plate fully open by turning the adjusting screw counter-clockwise, then turn it in a couple turns. Open the safety plate, put your rock(s) in, close the safety plate and press down on the handle harder and harder until it breaks. IF it does not break, give it a few slams up and down, putting some weight behind it.

If you plan on grinding the rock to a fine sand, have the classifying screen handy in a pan or something. Once no more pieces are coming out, dump your catch container into the screen and shake the screen. What does not go through the screen and in to your pan can be dumped back in to the crusher after you put your catch container back under the crusher and turn the adjusting screw clockwise to about a 1/4 gap between the lower jaw area when the handles are in the down position.
Pour the remaining rock particles back in from your screen into the jaws, close the safety plate and work it again, repeating the process until all the sample passes through your selected screen.

To grind a sample, or to grind black sands for further processing, simply close the adjustable jaw until it is resting against the moving jaw. Raise and lower the handle a couple times to assure it is closed all the way and you have full movement of the arms. Starting with the handle in the down position, pour in a few tablespoons of black sands into the CrazyCrusher, and start working the handle up and down until no more sand is coming out. Short choppy strokes work better than full strokes.

A grinding operation will create small amounts of air-borne dust. It is ALWAYS important to either wear a dust mask or be sure to be up wind of the dust. The reason is that you do not know what is in that rock! There could be arsenic and other nasty things in the ore so you don't want to be breathing in that dust! (this is important, even for those using other methods or dry washers!!!! There could be Haunta virus in the sand, mercury, everything! Wear a quality dust mask!)


If you decide not to take your crusher out in the field to crush ore samples on site, then as you collect samples, mark them with a sharpie marker with a reference number, Location #1, #2, etc., and make a notation on paper of that number, and include the GPS coordinates of the exact location your found that particular sample.

After collecting samples from many places, and when you have time to crush and analyze the ore, you will know as a fact where you got those samples! It's advisable to get several plastic containers that you can put your crushed ore in, with a larger piece of the ore to identify the rock your material came from. This way you can crush dozens of different samples, store them together and run your tests later down the road. You never know what you will find inside that particular rock, and knowing where you found it is invaluable. If only the miners and prospectors of the old days had GPS! There would not be any lost mine stories to read, or to look for!

Cleaning out the crusher between samples is easy with a large bottle brush, or compressed air. You can even hose it out, and then use compressed air to dry it so it does not rust on the jaw faces.

The Gold Miners Test Kit is the perfect companion for crushing rock samples so you can find out if your ore has gold in it or not!


The CrazyCrusher is a safe and great way to crush clean clear glass for a smelting operation. Crafters who works with stones can crush larger pieces of their special rocks into smaller pieces so they can be tumbled and polished. The CrazyCrusher will give the crafter a higher number of stones matched in size. The crusher can be set up to 1/2, and down to nothing in size. With additional adjustment of the adjuster, you can produce up to 3/4 in size for mineral samples. And of course, it makes a great crusher for those Brazilian nuts!

eshop at Gordy Fine Art's web store for Made in the USA products
One of the products Gordy Fine Art sells is Made in the USA Fine Art. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

eshop at Gotta Have Products's web store for American Made products
One of the products Gotta Have Products sells is American Made Plastic Clips. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Manufacturer and Distributor of the uniquely designed Hat Clip Pencil Holder, Multi-purpose Magnetic Clip, The Adhesive Nifty Clip, The Ultimate Golf Clip with the magnetic, Customizable Epoxy Domed 1 Silver Golf Ball Markers. We also offer superior quality, Full Color, Full Bleed Vinyl Decals and are excited to offer our NEW Vinyl Clings and Wall Art for your advertising and marketing needs.

eshop at Harmony Designs's web store for Made in America products
One of the products Harmony Designs sells is Made in America Book Tassels. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

For more information about Harmony Designs and its American Made products see the following:

Founded in 1992, Harmony Designs creates gifts that demonstrate a commitment to education, history, the arts and ideas. By combining both handcrafting and leading edge printing technology we are able to create top quality keepsakes and gifts for you with low minimums.
Your products are made to order. With that in mind, we keep your unique product information in our computer data files so that you can reorder your items again and again without difficulty.
We are members of the Fair Labor Association and the Museum Store Association. Both organizations have high ethical standards for their members and we are proud to belong to both groups.
A percentage of our annual profits are donated to cancer research. All materials and workmanship are guaranteed.
If you have any questions, please call 888.293.1109

?Sherrill Franklin, President
Our address:
Harmony Designs, Inc.
129 E. Harmony Road
West Grove, PA 19390-1009

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