Chambers Pencils is a bespoke pencil manufacturer based in Stapleford, Nottingham who are struggling because of Brexit and the pandemic. Along with Derwent Pencils they are perhaps the last 2 pencil makers left in the UK.
Makers and suppliers of British Made Pens and Pencils, British Made Ink, British Made Crayons and Chalk, British Made Pencil Cases, and British Made Rulers:-
Derwent Pencils have been making pencils in Cumbria since 1832. Not everything they sell is made in the UK, for example their metal pencil sharpener is made in Germany. Individual Derwent Pencils that say “England” or “Made in Britain'” on them are UK made. Multi-packs of pencils will say made in the UK on the packaging if they are made in the UK or look for the Union Flag on the packaging. Some of their Academy Sketching eraser tipped pencils and their Lakeland Jumbo pencils are made in Thailand or PRC. None of their sketch pads and accessories are made in the UK. Basically on their pencils if it does not say England or “Made in Britain” or if it does not say made in the UK on the pack, then it is not UK made; best to go by what it says on the tin. The tins themselves by the way are not made in the UK. The Cumberland Pencil Company (Derwent Pencils) is a division of ACCO Brands (Rexel) and so is now American owned. Lovely pencils for you to sketch, colour, illustrate and create! See the video below for some history of pencils and pencil making at Derwent Pencils today. They also have a pencil museum and shop and cafe in Keswick in the Lake District.
Video – How pencils are made today – Derwent Pencil Factory, Cumbria, UK.