Here’s an Eagle "Ritaway" I found amongst David Silber’s pencil hoard at the Raleigh Show in June:
Ritaways are really interesting pencils, sporting painted wooden barrels. This one has a particularly unusual paint job that looks more at home with a lava lamp than with a flapper:
The trim on this one is gold plated, and it’s the same clip found on later Eagle Magnum Pointers:
I discuss the Eagle Ritaway on page 46 and 47 of The Catalogue, and I note that it was a transitional step in the evolution from the Pointer series to the Magnum Pointer. I even pictured them side by side:
I didn’t go so far as to say that the innards are the same on the Ritaways and the Magnum Pointers, but I had thought that they probably were. Why did I think this? Well, they sure look the same from the outside, and unfortunately, the only way I know to see what’s going on inside a Magnum Pointer involves destroying the pencil. I’ve destroyed one Magnum Pointer trying to repair it, so I haven’t ventured to try it on a Ritaway – not even in the name of pencil science.
So when David’s Ritaway came along, I had to buy it, cool paint job notwithstanding, for one simple reason:
it proves I thought wrong.
This is the only example of the Ritaway I’ve found that has a patent number on it, and it isn’t the patent number for the Magnum Pointer.