However, when I saw this one I knew I had to have it:
Yeah, I know. It’s a tacky-looking gold plated number, isn’t it? At least there’s no jewel on top. You’re probably wondering, as glowingly as I speak of the lowly Mascot, what’s got me all stirred up about this one. Obviously, it wasn’t the pencil that interested me, but the paperwork that came with it:
Aha! The Mascot was made by Apex Products, makers of the "Magic Multiplying Pencil" and Ely Culbertson’s Bridge Scoring Pencils ("Every Time I Think I’ve Found The Apex, There’s Another," December 29).
Finding that connection reminded me that I had some pictures of another Apex Magic Multiplying Pencil to show you – one with a twist, and not the upper barrel kind. It’s the smaller sized one:
But there’s a surprise at the other business end:
Now that’s an awful lot of work to put into making an ordinary wooden pencil, isn’t it?