Monday, April 23, 2012

Dawn of the Fingertip - and Beyond

The other day I introduced a brown and grey striated Mastercraft, with lettering on the clip that was "twisted" sideways:

Well, there were actually two brown and grey Mastercraft pencils in that lot, and the other one was even more unusual.  While the lettering runs horizontally on this one, as I would expect . . .

this one is a cap-actuated repeater!

Now here's where things get really interesting.  This one has an imprint on the barrel, unlike the rest of the Mastercraft series:

That same imprint is found on another Moore pencil:

The Moore Fingertip pencil!

But wait . . . there's more (or should I say "Moore")!  Doesn't that patent number look familiar?  2,358,091 - issued to Charles K. Lovejoy on September 12, 1944?  That's the same patent found on the Moore clutch pencil . . .

and also licensed to Eversharp for use on a Skyline-type pencil . . .

and finally, as revealed here a couple weeks ago, on pencils made by Dur-O-Lite!

Ever have one of those days when everything suddenly made sense?

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