We’ll be honest, being left to our own devices for a few months during a pandemic was how Pencilify was born in 2020. Not that making awesome custom pencils wasn’t on our to-do list already, but the Coronavirus “lock-down” cleared our calendar just enough to help make it happen! Like any normal person, you might be asking – “Why Pencils?” Well, I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to definitively answer that for both of us..
We saw a really cool video on YouTube once about a woodworker making their own pencils and I guess ever since then I’ve just had pencils on the brain (Exciting, I know..). With a vintage Kingsley M-75 and Kwikprint Model 55 hot foil stamping machines idling on the table, we set out to put them to work. Truth be told, Pencilify was born out of the perfect storm of boredom and having access to the right tools from a collection of other hobbies – like leather crafting!
OUR MISSION & VALUES
Your Customization - One Letter at a Time
For each small order of personalized pencils placed at Pencilify, we start the process by opening our small oak box of individual 10-Point, handset foundry type letters.
After we’ve located our handy pair of tweezers, we meticulously pick through the wooden box of letters like a chicken, hunting for the letters to make up your requested phrase. Not only does this give us the opportunity to sing the alphabet song on a regular basis, but more importantly – we can inspect each letter for quality and wear, ensuring a great impression on your personalized pencil. The letters are then carefully placed into the (often hot) type holder for the most exciting part of the process!
Individually Hand Pressed to Perfection
At Pencilify, there are no “robots” or automatic machines to make your custom pencil order – just one man (and two dogs) and vintage Kingsley and Kwikprint arm-powered hot stamping machines.
Once our hot stamping machine has reached a blistering 250° F, we carefully insert a high quality, American made, blank cedar pencil. Selected foil color in place and the pencil squarely aligned, we gently pull the handle with just enough pressure to cleanly imprint your custom pencil without smashing it to smithereens! Once completed, your small set of personalized pencils is inspected to ensure an even foil impression and then carefully placed into it’s hand made packaging for it’s journey to your door!
Now you might be asking yourself, “Why would they share all of their secrets, they barely know me?” Well, we just wanted to make sure you know that when you buy your teacher appreciation gifts, back to school and graduation gifts, or small event pencils from Pencilify, we take great pride in making sure they look great.