Promotional pencils can be supplied in all sorts of quantities and types. At Redbows we can supply branded or plain stock pencils made from wood or with plastic bodies on standard or express deliveries. In our pencil collections, the prices include branding with your imprint and logo. Pencils marked “POA” are priced on application. Samples are available subject to stock status. If you would like us to quote for a specific design or type of pencil, please complete our enquiry form.
The Promotional Pencil Buyers Guide
Personalized pencils make great promotional gifts. More and more clients are asking for branded pencils as alternative to promotional pens. Sometimes this is because they add something different to the mix and for other clients they may be more appropriate to their environments – architects offices, design houses, schools, universities and meeting rooms.
Some of the fundamental when it comes to selecting any type of promotional gift apply to pencils, especially if you want to brand and personalised them but there are also other particular aspects to consider.
Within the Redbows pencils collection we offer several product types:
- Plastic Pencils
- Mechanical Pencils
- Wooden Pencils
- Express Delivery Pencils
- Eco Environmentally Friendly Pencils
Our most popular pencils are the wooden variety (by client choice and volume shipped) with environmentally friendly wooden pencils rising in popularity. For this type of pencil several factors have to be considered:
- WE or NE Eraser: WE means With Eraser and NE means No Eraser. For some clients having an eraser is important. If one is chosen it is generally pink or white as standard apart from the Black Knight products where it is possible to have a black version.
- Ferrule Colour: the ferrule is the metal clasp that holds an eraser to the pencil end. Most are silver or gold but again with a Black Knight pencil (WE – with Eraser) it is possible to have a black ferrule.
- Sharpened or Not: this is generally an additional cost and means that the pencils are supplied already sharpened for use. If not supplied sharpened clients can select a suitable pencil sharpener to supply – branded off course.
General Promo Pencil Considerations and Personalisation Options
Here are some things to think about when looking to order and personalise this type of product.
Environmentally Friendly Promo Pencils
As with most other promotional products, Eco or environmentally friendly pencils are an option. These are made from a variety of recycled or sustainable resources including FSC certified forests, recycled paper, recycled plastics, denim, money and newspapers.
Pencil Order Quantities
Typical order quantities for pencils run from 250 pieces.
Unit and Volume Pricing
Unit cost is low for wooden pencils but rises for plastic and mechanical versions.
Pencil and Express Pencil Delivery Timescales
Most pencils are available within ten working days. Express delivery items are generally available within three to five working days. Generally most pencils are supplied from UK warehouses. It is exceptional for large quantities to be imported but if this is done a longer lead time will be quoted dependent upon whether air or sea freight logistics are used.
Plain Stock and Blank Pencils
Redbows supplies plain stock pencil pricing on request. Fulfillment takes place from one of our manufacturer’s depots direct to your door. The pencils can then be used as plain stock or personalised for a client.
Additional Features and Functionality
With a plastic and mechanical promo pencil it is sometimes possible to offer a matching promotional pen as a set and in a gift box.
Branding and Personalisation
As with most writing instruments, the branding areas are small and are limited to the length of the pencil barrel. The most common branding technique is screen printing and a one colour print can have a high impact on a contrasting barrel colour. Alternatively pencils can be embossed but this is more expensive.
Bespoke, Custom and Novelty Pencils
There is little to offer in the way of bespoke pencils. Colours can be Pantone matched and pencils can be supplied in miniature or large formats.
In general branded pencils are supplied bulk packed in boxes. This is suitable for mass distribution. Gift boxes and pouches are available but this will off course increase the unit cost.
Pencils are a wonderful giveaway and branded with your logo they will provide a perfect advertising platform. All you need to do is choose the right one for your promotion. If you need samples we are more than willing to provide these showing the imprints and logos applied in previous promotional marketing and client campaigns. These have ranged from marketing aimed at general office staff, to teachers, lecturers and pupils in schools, colleges and universities to architects and engineers. Almost everyone you can think of would want a pencil at some time to make a note, draw or annotate a document or drawing.
Our ordering process is simple. All you need to do is decide which of the products you want by viewing our collection and then looking at one or two products. When you click you will see a larger image, product specifications, imprint areas, sizes, colours and other options as well as unit prices. Choose the quantity you need and let us know. We can then give you a final cost total as a formal quote including any other charges such as origination, artwork and delivery that may be applicable.
Once we receive your order and artwork file we will create an artwork approval for you. If you do not have an vector type artwork file our Design Studio can generate this for you. Once the artwork approval is signed off we can then move your stock to the printers will apply your imprint. This will either be done via screen printing or some form of embossing. This is documented in the specifications for each product along with options.
Once the print run as finished and the product has been quality assurance inspected they are packed ready for shipment. The usual packaging is small cardboard boxes that are then placed into larger cartons to protect them during transit. The smaller cartons can be removed once a their destination and stored or distributed accordingly. If you need us to, we can bundle the pencils with other stationery products and provide you with a complete fulfillment service including distribution to different address or to a single location.
Pencils are a mainstay of our industry and one of our most popular branded stationery items. We often receive repeat orders from clients who just come to rely on having this type of item within easy reach and ready to use.