Friday, August 23, 2013

Nice Threads!

Stuart Hawkinson stopped by my table with this one during the DC show.  He warned me that he was keeping this one before he showed it to me,  but he said he thought I might want to have a look at it.  You are correct, sir!

Doesn’t look much like a pencil, does it?  That is, until you unscrew the top and pull out what’s inside:

That top is double threaded, or rather, triple threaded (the entire assembly in turn can be unscrewed to reveal an eraser).  Then when the pencil portion is turned around and screwed into the top, the pencil takes on a pleasing proportion:

One of the first articles I wrote here involved a similar Pick Pocket Pencil (“What the heck is this?” on December 15, 2011 -  But the Pick, unlike Stuart’s pencil, is friction fit into place rather than double threaded.

Stuart’s example is no Pick.  When this article first published, I had thought it was probably made by National Pen Products, but just a day after the first publication, Jose (who goes by "Penmanila") posted pictures of a new find he had just scored over at The Fountain Pen Board:

It's a Diamond Point, and what's even better, it has a patent number on it:  Morris Kolber of Brooklyn, New York, filed a patent application for what would become the pen version on August 17, 1929, and patent number 1,780,527 was issued to him on November 4, 1930.  The patent was assigned to the New Diamond Point Pen Company.

I couldn't find a corresponding patent for the pencil version, which might explain why there's no imprint on Stuart's pencil.  


Vance said...

A Pick Pocket Pencil? What do they need pencils for?

Unknown said...

I like it, I like it! Too bad it wasn't for sale. I never knew that pocket pencils of this sort were made. Now you'll have to go out & find for yourself (and me too!).


Jon Veley said...

Ar ar ar vance

George Kovalenko said...

The New Diamond Point Pen Co. called this model of pen the "Barrel in the Cap" pen.