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Alvin 5021 C color
Caran d’Ache
Caran d'Ache Fixpencil 23 office
Caran d'Ache Fixpencil Jr. office
Caran d'Ache Fixpencil 3 sketching
Caran d'Ache Fixpencil 33 office
Caran d'Ache Fixpencil 44 color
Caran d'Ache Fixpencil 0012 chalk
Cleo Skribent
Cleo Skribent "Der Gesner" sketching historical information exploded view
Conté / Criterium
Conté No. 1 & No. 2 sketching historical information
Conté Criterium 2520 sketching
Conté Criterium 2800 series color
Conté 519 color
Cretacolor 430-01 sketching
Cretacolor 430-01 sketching
Cretacolor 430-02 sketching
Cretacolor 430-12 sketching
Eagle Prestomatic 3378 color
Eagle Prestomatic 3378 color
Eagle Automatic Copying office historical information
Eagle Automatic office
Eagle Stop Gauge other
e+m Holzprodukte
Workman No. 916 sketching
Graffiti 1983 sketching
Emgee / Rollex
Emgee Rollex sketching historical information exploded view
A.W. Faber-Castell, Germany
A.W. Faber Castell TK Color (late 1940s to mid-1950s) color
A.W. Faber Castell TK Color (late 1950s) color
A.W. Faber Castell TK Color (1980s) color
A.W. Faber Castell DS 9450 color
A.W. Faber Castell 9026 Varius sketching
Faber-Castell 9603 Tekagraph sketching
Faber-Castell 9401 sketching
A.W. Faber Castell 9430 sketching
A.W. Faber Retouching Pencil retouch historical information
A.W. Faber Castell TK Copier (late 1940s to mid-1950s) office
A.W. Faber Castell Pocket Pencil office
Faber Castell 7095 eraser
A.W. Faber, U.S.A.
A.W. Faber Castell Locktite Color color
Faber-Castell 9603 (US market) sketching
A.W. Faber Castell 2538 King-Size sketching
A.W. Faber Castell Locktite Retouching Pencil retouch
Eberhard Faber
Eberhard Faber Colorbrite 3110 color
sketching historical information
Eberhard Faber 612
Eberhard Faber 1560 Pony Clip
Fedra 5015 writing
Fedra 6030 sketching new
David Hayward
David Hayward Scribbler 3 sketching historical information
David Hayward Scribbler 5 (Nickel) sketching
David Hayward Scribbler 5 sketching
David Hayward Scribbler 5 (Nickel) sketching
Haack Sparstift No. 40 sketching
Haack Sparstift No. 41 copying
Haack Sparstift No. 42 color
Haack Sparstift Fettstift sketching
Kimek (Кймек)
Kimek 2 mm Colored Leadholder color
Set of 5, Green color
color historical information
Kimek 2 mm Colored Leadholder sketching
Koh-I-Noor, U.S.A. & Italy
L&C Hardtmuth No. 48 (USA) sketching
Koh-I-Noor 48 1/2 sketching
Koh-I-Noor 48 (Germany) sketching
Koh-I-Noor 48 (Italy) sketching
Hardtmuth 5649 sketching
L & C Hardtmuth, Austria / Czech
L. & C. Hardtmuth "Eros" writing historical information exploded view new
Hardtmuth Versatil Color color historical information
L&C Hardtmuth No. 3 sketching historical information
L&C Hardtmuth No. 4 sketching
Koh-I-Noor 48 1/2 sketching
sketching historical information
Koh-I-Noor 5648 (round barrel) sketching
L&C Hardtmuth 5648 (hex barrel) sketching
Hardtmuth 5649 sketching historical information
sketching historical information
Koh-I-Noor Pocket Pencil
marker historical information
Mitsubishi UNI (red) color
Norex 325 office
Ofrex 546 office
Parker Garrick
Parker Garrick Stumpy sketching
Pentel Sharp 9 PS-100 office
Pentel PH 158 color
E. Roland
E. Roland 830 color new
rotring Art Pencil sketching
Stabilo-Min 8838 color
Stabilo 8800 series color
Staedtler Mars 1001 sketching
Staedtler Mars 48019 Pan-Technico sketching new
Staedtler Mars 787 Pan-Technico sketching
Staedtler Mars 787 Pan-Technico (late) sketching
Staedtler Mars Rasor 527 30 eraser
Vemco / TEC
TEC Retouching Pencil retouch
TEC double ended crayon holder color
TEC Eraser (old style) eraser
TEC Eraser eraser
TEC Eraser eraser
Wecle sketching historical information
Winsor & Newton
W&N Tubular Drawing Pencil sketching
Wörther / Woerther
Wörther Shorty (articulated metal clip) sketching
Wörther Shorty (plastic clip) sketching
Wörther Shorty Aluminum sketching
Yasutomo & Co.
Y&C Niji 124 color historical information
Miscellaneous Makers
Schweizerfabrikat Varius sketching exploded view
Eggochemia Marker marker
Bleispitz Marker marker
Johnson's Instamark Carpenter Pencil marker historical information
Forever-G12 sketching
Piper Sketcher sketching
Hasbro Colored Lead Holder color
Kaweco Sport sketching
Dixon Lumber Crayon Holder marker
Chalk-Chuck chalk
retouch historical information
Weldon Roberts Jet Eraser eraser
Tombow Eraser eraser
Unknown Makers
Porte-Crayon sketching
Porte-Crayon sketching
Porte-Crayon sketching
office historical information
office historical information
unknown maker office historical information
unknown maker color

Non-Drafting Leadholders

This gallery includes sketching leadholders and other writing or drawing media holders with functional similarities to leadholders.

This type of holder is the oldest type of leadholder. They’re not really designed for precise drafting, but some can be used as drafting pencil extenders.

Sketching Leadholders
Any leadholder could be used for sketching, of course, but the leadholders in this category are distinguished from “hard line” drafting leadholders by the larger diameter of their lead or characteristics that enhance their usefulness as freehand drawing pencils.

Photo Retouching Leadholders
Photo retouching leadholders are really drafting leadholders used for a unique purpose.  This category is therefore really a collection of drafting leadholders that were marketed to photographers.  (Here is a short discussion of the negative retouching process.)

Chalk, Pastel, Etc. Holders
These tools don’t really belong on a site devoted to tools of the draftsman, but because they are mechanically identical to leadholders, differing merely in scale, I just can’t help but dig them.  It’s not impossible, anyway, that you could find one lying around in an architectural office.

Vemco TEC Eraser
A few large leadholders will work with certain eraser sticks.  Koh-I-Noor made some sticks specifically for one version of their No. 48 Holder.  Other makers have offered specialized eraser holders using clutch mechanisms similar to leadholders and more recently some using push-advance mechnisms similar to thin lead drafting leadholders.

Office Use
A few examples of clutch pencils of both the pushbutton spring type and twist-lock varieties are included in the collection that would have been used for writing.  Accountants, I gather, were regular users of leadholders and pointers for fine leger work.  I cannot think of any examples of leadholders specifically marketed to accountants, but I would not be surprised to discover such a thing.  Many of the models in the Drafting Leadholder Galleries would also be used for writing in an office environment.

Industrial Markers
Specialized leadholders for grease pencil leads, carpenter pencils, and other uses which fall outside the typical drawing or office settings.

Other Special Uses
L&C Hardtmuth 106B
Some additional uses leadholders have been applied to but for which no specific example is included in the gallery include:  holding a carbide scribe point; holding engraver’s tools; and as a holder for specialized fine cutting blades, in particular by the Ulano tool company.