Sunday, December 28, 2014

Where Do These Fit In?

When I saw this one in a junk box a while ago, I had to spend a few dollars on it, even though I already had one at home:

These slim model, twist mechanism Eversharps have a clip that is a lot like what you’d find on a Skyline Press Clip pencil:

But, of course, they didn’t make Skyline press clip pencils that were chrome plated. These were an interesting diversion from the regular line of Eversharps during the time. The twist mechanism, the thin profile, the styling. . . everything about these is different from anything else the company produced. To my knowledge, about the only time these were advertised was for Christmas, 1948:

The end of 1948 was a strange time at Eversharp. The ballpoint fiasco and subsequent price wars had driven the company to the point of bankruptcy, and the company’s introduction of the flagship Symphony line was a giant leap backwards in technology. Our pencil is shown at the bottom left simply as a "propel repel pencil" for a buck, alongside the weird "Wahl Ball" ballpoint and the Lovejoy patent version of the press-clip Skyline pencil. The "Envoy" pencil shown at lower right is the Lovejoy patent pencil in all-metal.

What is oddest of all is that with all the new machining that would have been required to start production of such a radically different design, you’d think you would see a lot more of these around . . . or that someone else might have made them for Eversharp.

Thoughts for another day, when more and better proof of the thought comes to light. For the time being, when I spotted a second example of Eversharp’s slim twist pencil, I had to bite. And I couldn’t have been happier when I got it home:

These came with both ribbed and smooth lower barrels.

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