What’s New?2011 April 3
This update was previously dated March 26, but today’s updates are all related to the March 26 updates so I’ve updated the update rather than essentially duplicate the update entry.
The Curious Case of Koh-I-Noor 5611
The ol’ 5611, undoubtedly the most common drafting pencil in the U.S. from the 1960s through the eighties, and in my opinion, the best drafting pencil ever made. For collectors it doesn’t take long to fill out your collection of them with...
But then, every so often, something like these will turn up...
Koh-I-Noor magazine ad, April 1954 which includes
a never before seen or heard of leadholder model, the made-in-U.S.A. Koh-I-Noor “Versatil” 5612.
What’s New?2010 September 2
The Forum is only partially functional at the moment. The link has been removed from the top menu because the server it is hosted on no longer supports the email function that makes user registration possible. Those who have previously registered can still post messages, but until it becomes fully functional again, it is misleading to call attention to it.
New members of the A.W. Faber Castell TK 9400 page:
A.W. Faber Castell TK 9400 with straight plastic barrel and no molded tail ring. The short-lived plastic successor to the original wooden TK 9400.
|TK 9400 with leadpointer in pushbutton.|
TK 9400 50 year commemorative edition in sterling silver. This example has been included on the TK 9400 page for a while now, but I never gave it a front page announcement until now.
What’s New?2010 May 16
Today, we are going on a magical journey through space and time with the Roman goddess of love, Venus.
United States, circa 1920. Venus Drawing leadholder.
Italy, circa 1955. Venus 043.
Japan, 1970s. Venus Drawing leadholder.
What’s New?2010 May 6
It’s a Special Fun Day™* here at the old Leadholder Museum and to celebrate we’re featuring some of my favorite specialized pencils designed to solve specific drafting pencil shortcomings but instead...
The original S-p-e-e-d-r-a-f-t ! The revolutionary design of the Speedraft saved many several dollars in template costs and wasted many thousands of dollars in time spent forking around with an unsharpenable lead.
The un-original S-p-e-e-d-r-a-f-t ! Beautiful, perfectly crafted, and un-improved with extra lost parts.
As an added bonus have a peek at the original patent for the Speedraft.
* “Special Fun Day” is not really a trademark (at least not one of mine), it’s just funner that way.
Spectacularly engineered, the Oli-Rotomin could very well be the only leadholder ever made that has ballbearings lubricated with gasoline.
What’s New?2010 May 5
Added a parts view of the E. Roland Fall-Stop.
This unknown model rotring leadholder (it may be a model 500) courtesy Andrey Gordenco, has been languishing on a rotring thin lead page with no mention of it on the Drafting Leadholder index page, until now.
|for scale only figure not included|
What’s New?2010 April 27
Added a Fedra 6030 to the non-drafting leadholder gallery, courtesy Allan Macdonald.
|Added a set of six E. Roland Fall-Stop leadholders to the non-drafting leadholder gallery, courtesy Allan Macdonald,...|
|...and the patent for the “Fall-Stop” mechanism:|
|...and the patent for the Roland clutch:|
Although only added a few days ago, the E. Roland 830 double-ended coloring leadholder page has been greatly enhanced with complete set of three, courtesy Allan Macdonald.
Added a Steadtler Mars Pan-Technico 48019 to the non-drafting leadholder gallery, courtesy Allan Macdonald.
What’s New?2010 April 18
|I have added the original German patent for the A.W. Faber Castell TK pushbutton leadholder. The patent was submitted in 1939 and issued in 1942, long before the official introduction of the pencil in 1948. This explains nicely the mysterious war time origin of this TK 9400 which must be a prototype:|
Added two lovely Fedra Oekonom 6020s to the drafting leadholder gallery, courtesy Paul Hunt.
What’s New?2010 April 8
It has been a long while since I have added any new items to the Leadholder galleries. To make up for the lack of updates, I will be adding a great number of things today and in the coming weeks.
I feel compelled to confess a dark, dark secret. I have been holding out on you, keeping many exotic pencils out of the leadholder galleries so as not to tip off competing collectors. When I add an item to Leadholder, it can significantly effect the value of the item. Well screw it. Life is too short to try to hoard every drafting pencil in existence. Starting today I will be adding some very exotic specimens from the hidden depths of my own and other’s collections.
The three models below, the Finigraph, Bruning 3584, and Koh-I-Noor Versatil 5611, are the only examples of these pencils I have ever seen or heard of.
First up is a very remarkable group of leadholders, the impractical, yet impossibly cool Finigraph prototypes from the collection of Allan Macdonald.
Next up is another silly design, but one of my all-time fav’s, the single-end/double-end convertible Bruning 3584.
A very curious yellow wooden Koh-I-Noor Versatil 5611, courtesy Allan Macdonald.
Added relevant pages from an East German Versorgungskontor Bürobedarf 1964 catalog, courtesy Allan Macdonald,
and added several examples of pencils that appear in the catalog:
The psychedelic Laro 18-20, courtesy Allan Macdonald.
The beautifully crafted E. Roland 18-20.
The E. Roland 830 crayon holder.
Here are a few impeccable Japanese leadholders from the personal collection of Andrey Gordenco:
Mitsubishi Hi-UNI “Holder”, courtesy Andrey Gordenco.
Mitsu-Bishi “Lead Holder”, courtesy Andrey Gordenco.
Tombow Homo LC 8, courtesy Andrey Gordenco.
Added a Smithian Drafting No. 633 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery, courtesy Paul Hunt.
Added some examples of graphite drawings by artist and leadholder user, John Whalley to the Art of the Leadholder Gallery.
Added an unusual Sure-Grip gripped Faber-Castell 9800SG to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery, courtesy Allan Macdonald.
Oh yeah. I freshened up the look of Leadholder. I hope you like it.