Thursday, November 8, 2012


Here’s another great one from the "why haven’t I ever heard of this one before" file:

Around the top is imprinted "Nickel Silver Pat. Applied For EVRDA"

When this one came up in an online auction, I assumed the seller had probably made a typo in the description. However, since I’d never heard of an "Everyday" pencil either, I thought I’d take a chance on it.  After it arrived and I saw that it did in fact say "Evrda," I was stumped.

The google search I ran led me straight to the Pen Collectors of America’s online library and answered my question within just a couple minutes.* The PCA library has a catalog from around 1920 of "Chicago Safety Pens and Evrda Pencils" from the Chicago Safety Pen Company, 538 South Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois. In the introductory pages, the EVRDA pencil is described as "entirely an assembling operation, and can be put together, taken down, and rebuilt without harming the parts."

My EVRDA does not appear to match this description, and without any guidance regarding exactly how to take this thing apart, I’m reluctant to force anything on the only example I’ve ever seen just to see what’s going on inside. I suspect that this is a different model from what is shown in the catalog:

The PCA’s catalog illustrates seven different patterns in three sizes: a full size side clip model, a short side clip model, and in ringtops. In fact, there’s more pencils in the catalog than pens.

Kinda makes me wonder what rock I’ve been living under that I’d never heard of this one before!

*OK, I know I’ve said this before, but seriously? You STILL haven’t joined?


George Kovalenko said...

I think you and all the other pencil geeks have been living under the pencil rock, and the fountain-pen geeks have been living under the fountain-pen rock. It's websites like yours that help the fountain-pen geeks to switch rocks for a while, but it's up to you to find some fountain-pen rocks to switch with for a while.


George Kovalenko said...

And by the way, Chicago Safety Pen Co. was the final successor to A. A. Waterman & Co., which went through a few different ownerships and names before that, and "Every Day" was one of the model names used earlier by A. A. Waterman.