If you have a box of unmarked or castoff pencils laying around somewhere, I'd bet you have at least one of these in there:
These are found in a wide variety of colors and several varieties, all of which have a couple things in common: that middle joint that is lower on the barrel, the streamlined top and the clip. When I first started collecting pencils, I'd put together a pretty nice mini-collection of about a dozen colors of these, but as I became more focused on studying the different manufacturers I let most of mine go, since none of these are marked and I had no leads to go on.
Then in an online auction I found something that explained a lot more about these pencils. When the item arrived, the box it came in was pretty unremarkable:
But inside were a dozen of these pencils in several colors:
Folded neatly under the tray of pencils was a fold-up store display card, which had never been used:
The Joseph Lipic Pen Company, from St. Louis, Missouri, appears at page 176 of The Catalogue, in the "Just a couple more" section that I added shortly before the book went to press.
While the company turned out at least one brand name, "Radium Point," and a few advertising pencils along the lines of the early Ritepoints with a name imprint on the cap, I've always thought Lipic was a pretty obscure manufacturer. Now that I've learned the company made these pencils, which are such a prevalent sight today, I no longer think of Lipic as obscure, but as unassuming!
Here's shots of the warranty cards:
and the back: