custom engraved pencils, funny buttons!

39776 Sales


custom engraved pencils, funny buttons!

39776 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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thecarboncrusader is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I am going out of town for a few days, and processing orders before my departure. the shop will be open whilst i am gone with a reduced stock, but everything will be back on Monday 29 August. thank you!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 24, 2016

I am going out of town for a few days, and processing orders before my departure. the shop will be open whilst i am gone with a reduced stock, but everything will be back on Monday 29 August. thank you!


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You should put that on a pencil!

The Carbon Crusader began from a lifelong enthusiasm, passion, and love of words and the thoughts they express. Growing up, Yvy didn't often say what she was thinking, preferring to put most ideas to paper and avoid a confrontation, filling many notebooks with observations, retorts, and imagined conversations, always with a trusted #2 pencil. Frustrated with trying to find inspiring pencils that were also manufactured in the USA, Yvy decided to turn her passion into a career.

And that's when The Carbon Crusader was born.

With The Carbon Crusader, Yvy became obsessed with giving her customers three things: quality, freedom, and humor. The majority of custom/engraved pencils available on the market are made in China, and they are processed by companies that do not allow totally free speech (swears). She wanted her customers to have a place to laugh, a place where they could say whatever they want on products they commission, and have quality USA made goods available in a variety of colors. And, a place where left handed people could get pencils engraved that they could read, too. (She's a lefty.)

All of this pencil creating naturally lead to a lot of writing, and she wanted to try sharing her thoughts on a button. Not sure her ideas would find an audience, she made sure her quality, at least, would be clean, professional, and consistent. To her surprise, people found the same stuff she finds amusing funny, the same frustrations frustrating, etc, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. She knows she's doing something right when her mom says "you should put that on a pencil!" or her friends use her own material against her in a teasing match.

The Carbon Crusader is run out of her home in Houston, overlooking downtown.

Shop members
  • Yvy

    Owner, Maker, Curator, Enthusiast

    My name is Yvy. I also answer to "Hey you," and "Pencil Lady."

Shop policies

Last updated on July 3, 2014
Hello and welcome to the Carbon Crusader, your favorite place on the internet to buy hilariously fun and delightful pencils, buttons and magnets. Give a greeting card experience to your friends and family, without the fear of contributing to landfills for a very long time (if ever). Great quotes are fantastically addictive and a pleasure to share and collect. Please see my special order section to gather up your own favorites, or peruse the listings for your latest acquisition!

Thank you,


Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment must clear before goodies are shipped. Echecks take especially long to clear, so please don't use them if you have a crazy deadline to will get frustrated and that's never good.

Please read our listings before you buy them and ask questions before shopping, not in your cart at checkout. It slows our turn around time and complicates things on our end.


Please shop responsibly, we don't offer cancellations OR returns for any reason.
Current processing time is 5 business days. We ship all sales to Etsy addresses. Please make sure they are correct. Please add gift addresses in through Etsy, not in your cart at checkout or in Convo.

Postal holidays:

• Tuesday, January 1 – New Year's Day (observed)
• Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday (observed)
• Monday, February 18 – Washington's birthday (President’s Day)
• Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day
• Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day
• Monday, September 2 – Labor Day
• Monday, October 14 – Columbus Day
• Monday, November 11 – Veterans’ Day (observed)
• Thursday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Day
• Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Day


International orders are subject to additional charges for customs. ALL international packages valued at $16 and over are insured.


Domestic packages are sent with a tracking number. International orders are not traceable past their stateside exit point, but you can use the label number and speak to your post master about your package if delays occur.

We are happy to help if your items seem to be lost in the mail. We keep all receipts and records about every single package, so we can get you label numbers if needed. Please understand that failures in delivery are not our fault, as we do not hand deliver each package. Please use your correct addresses. If your items are lost, we can send a re-shipment or return payment, less shipping costs and a small fee for our items.


We ship within 5 business days (Monday - Thursday). After your package ships, we have no way of knowing when it will arrive. Delays may occur at any time, please understand that since we do not deliver your mail, we cannot be held responsible for delays. We appreciate your understanding, as we strive to keep our turnaround times quick, but we just can't control the postal system.


Sometimes packages are returned to us by USPS, as they are unclaimed by buyers. If this occurs, your sale will be canceled, and your money refunded, less packaging costs. Please make sure your addresses are correct.


If your package is marked as "delivered" but you haven't received it, please ask any and all roommates, neighbors, and look through your home to verify your package hasn't been misplaced. On more than one occasion a customer found a package that seemed lost in their own home or building.
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final. I do not do refunds. If there are circumstances where one would be absolutely necessary, you pay shipping to return to me. Once I receive my items in their re-salable condition, you get your monies returned, less packaging costs. This excludes all custom work, meaning: custom orders cannot be returned. Make sure your quotes are correct--I am not responsible for your typos or grammatical errors.
Additional policies and FAQs

All international orders are subject to customs fees. These fees are additional and determined by your country, and not something we can estimate or control.