Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Another Bucket of Lead

Sager is one of those great brands that just don't come up that often.  Here's the picture of one from page 131 of The Catalogue:


Until a couple weeks ago, this was the only one I'd seen.  When a second one popped up in an online auction, I did what I had to do:


The new one is in the same turquoise and bronze celluloid found most notably on some Waterman Patricians.  Sager pencils are substantially larger and heavier than most, thanks to the extra thick material used:


The color goes on for just days . . . but my favorite part about Sager pencils is the clips:


Besides the fact that the logo is uber-cool, it's kind of funny that they didn't use something different from the "barrel of ink" trademark on the pencils!

Sager's "Sackless Barrel of Ink" refers to several pens made by the Sager Pen Company, all of which share a "sackless" design, whether by a Postal-style pump filler, a bulb filler, or an early version of a vacuum-filler similar to the Parker Vacumatic of a few years later.  Solomon M. Sager was a prolific Chicago inventor with numerous patents to his name from the early 1930s on, and there is evidence of a connection between Sager and Grieshaber, as well as a suggestion that Parker may have bought at least one of his patents for the "Barrel of Ink" pens in preparation for the introduction of the Vacumatic.

None of which, of course, means beans to pencil guys.  Outside of being large, heavy and handsome, there's no technical innovations here.  But I don't care -- it's the only pencil I know of that boasts about its ink capacity!

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