Monday, February 5, 2018

Wahl's Other Precious Metal Redux

A few months ago I published an article here about an Eversharp pencil made from copper, with an advertising imprint for the Central Copper Company (see “Wahl’s Other Precious Metal” at http://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/2017/01/wahls-other-precious-metal.html).

Pearce Jarvis had another interesting Wahl Eversharp at the DC show.  We weren’t sure what to make of it; it appeared to be just bare brass with a simple “Wahl Eversharp Made In USA” imprint, lacking any of the usual metal content information that would normally be included.  When I got it home, I polished it up a bit to see what was going on, and there it is:


It’s another copper Eversharp.  With no custom imprint, but the same “Wahl Eversharp / Made In USA” stamped at the top:


But there’s something about this one that’s even more interesting than that.

In 1924, the Eversharp was redesigned with three changes: the tip was made longer, the lead magazine was redesigned, and a rib was added to the clip for greater stability.

The division between pre-1924 and post-1924 is very clean: one hundred percent of the time, all three of these 1924 improvements are either all present, denoting post-1924 production, or all of these features are absent, indicating pre-1924.

One hundred percent of the time.

Until now.

This copper Eversharp has a short tip and the old-style magazine, indicating pre-1924 production:


and . . . a ribbed clip, denoting post-1924 production.


Of course, the more curmudgeonly amongst us might say the clip might have been changed out.

But not in copper.

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