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Eberhard Faber Van Dyke Microtomic 6100 leads

Eberhard Faber Microtomic “Van Dyke” Drawing Leads 6100

Eberhard Faber Pencil Co., Brooklyn, New York, USA

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
12
paperboard
circa 1930s–40s
USA
  
see also Eberhard Faber Van Dyke No. 610 leadholder
Eberhard Faber Van Dyke Microtomic 6100 leads
reverse

Eberhard Faber Van Dyke Microtomic 6100 leads
Eberhard Faber Van Dyke Microtomic 6100 leads
open box
Eberhard Faber Microtomic Van Dyke 6100 leads (obverse)

Eberhard Faber Microtomic “Van Dyke” Drawing Leads 6100

Eberhard Faber Pencil Co., Brooklyn, New York, USA

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
!7: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
6
paperboard with wood core
circa early 1950s
USA
Eberhard Faber Microtomic Van Dyke 6100 leads
case of lead boxes (1/2 size)
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic No. 610 leadholder
Eberhard Faber ad from April 1954 Architectural Record
Eberhard Faber Microtomic Van Dyke 6100 leads (reverse)
reverse
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100 leads

Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Leads 6100

Eberhard Faber Pencil Co., Brooklyn, New York, USA

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
6
paperboard with wooden core
late 1950s
USA
  
see also Defiance Sales Corp. catalog, 1955, p 249
The silver colored boxes have sandpaper strips adhered to the wooden core to use for pointing the lead. Eberhard Faber's plastic “One Hand Flip-Top Lead Insertor” box went a step further and incorporated a bladed lead pointer into the package.

Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100 leads
reverse
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100 leads
Open package showing sandpaper sharpening surface.
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100
reverse

One Hand Flip-Top Microtomic Lead Insertor No. 6100

Eberhard Faber, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
12
plastic box with steel blade
circa 1953
USA
  
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic Ad Flyer, 1957
Eberhard Faber Colorbrite No. 3100 Flip-Top Lead
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100-2 leads
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100-2 leads

Microtomic Hi-Density Drawing Leads 6100-2

Eberhard Faber Pencil Co., Brooklyn, New York, USA

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
2
paper tube
(1950s)
USA
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100 leads
case of lead tubes (1/2 size) 
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 6100-2

Microtomic Drawing Leads 6100-2

Eberhard Faber Pencil Co., Brooklyn, New York, USA

lead type
lead size
available degrees/colors
package quantity
package composition
production date
origin
graphite
2 mm
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
2
plastic tube with eraser end caps
circa 1950s
USA
  
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic 609 leadholder
This tube is capped on each end with the legendary Eberhard Faber flat adjustable eraser. I know, I know. Legendary? But dig this: The out of production Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 wood cased writing pencils, which used such an eraser, now sell for, like, $50 each! What's so special about them? Nothing, really. Eberhard Faber, or whatever they are called now (probably owned by Sanford or something, but I don’t feel like bothering to look it up right now) claims the Blackwing 602 is identical with the exception of the eraser to one of their pencils which is still in production (too lazy to look up which one right now, though I know I wrote it down somewhere), but diehard 602 fans will hear nothing of it.

Gee, I almost forgot to explain why a pencil in so much demand would no longer be manufactured. The probably apocryphal story I heard claimed that the old machine which formed the specially shaped ferrules for the flat erasers broke, and since the Blackwing was the last pencil to still use the old erasers it was determined not to be cost effective to repair the machine. Of course the cost calculations were not based on $50 per pencil.