Friday, December 19, 2014

The Sneaky Immigrant

It takes a minute to notice what’s interesting about this Wahl Eversharp.

The trim isn’t all that unusual . . . the color likewise isn’t unheard of. It’s the combination of the two that isn’t what you’d expect to see – and when you see it, there’s no question what it is. Here’s a spread of other Wahl Eversharps in that same color:

The early ones, shown on the left, have a straight threaded hard rubber tube for the barrel; as the technology developed, Wahl was able to make the tapered hard rubber barrels, and then eventually thin model barrels with tapered ends and much smaller innards (since rubber barrels had to be thicker, the mechanisms had to be smaller). However, by the time the company developed the technology to make rubber barrels thin enough to use standard works inside and to set the clips in a hole in the side of the barrel (rather than in a metal top section), the crown-top era was over for Eversharp.

Over . . . over here, that is....

Eversharp’s English division continued to turn out crown style pencils much later than the American division. Go figure – the English like their crowns. This one was a little tougher to spot, since the color is so similar to pencils produced in the states; however, another clue that makes these easy to spot is that secondary ring just below the cap, which is always bare brass.

Most of the time, English Eversharps along these lines really stand out:

Nothing close to any of these other colors was produced by Eversharp here in the States, and that middle example in teal is one of my favorite Eversharps – United States division included. There’s also a green and brown marbled example that I’ve chased a couple times, but I wouldn’t say that completes the set . . . after all, I didn’t know the mottled hard rubber ones were out there until I found this one!

1 comment:

Martha said...

Ooo! Black and purple-pearl? Love that! Handsome array.