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  Criterium 2603
courtesy Allan Macdonald collection

Criterium 2603

(Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure)

Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure, France

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
all metal
none
1957
USA
   
special features lead pointer in removable pushbutton
eraser in removable pushbutton
see also Criterium Lead
Criterium magazine ad, 1950
Criterium Blotter, c 1950
Criterium Blotter, c 1950
Criterium magazine ad, 1952
Criterium magazine ad, 1960
The Criterium "Automatic Pencil" was introduced by the Gilbert Pencil Co. in 1939. In 1945 they merged with the pen makers Blanzy-Poure becoming Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure. In 1960 Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure merged with Conté to become Blanzy-Conté-Gilbert. BIC aquired this company in 1979. In 1999, BIC rebranded all Conté products to be BIC Kids or, as with the Criterium, just BIC. The Criterium pencil was a great success and to this day "Criterium" is a synonym for mechanical pencil in France.


Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure Criterium Pencil and Pen Set
A very nice Criterium pencil and pen set circa 1957. courtesy Allan Macdonald collection
Conté Criterium 2603

Criterium 2603

(Conté)

Blanzy-Conté-Gilbert, France

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
all metal
none
(1980s) to present
USA
   
special features leadpointer in removable pushbutton
eraser in removable pushbutton
see also Criterium Lead
 
Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure Criterium 2613
imprint reads: "2613 'Criterium' / Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure" courtesy Allan Macdonald collection

Criterium 2613

(Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure)

Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure, France

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
molded plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
1950s
France
   
see also Criterium Lead

Criterium 2613

(Conté)

Blanzy-Conté-Gilbert, France

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
molded plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
1980s
France
   
special features leadpointer in removable pushbutton
eraser in removable pushbutton
Conté Criterium 2520
imprint reads: "France Conté – Criterium 2520" courtesy Allan Macdonald collection

Criterium 2520

Blanzy-Conté-Gilbert, France

purpose
lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
sketching
5.6 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
molded plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
(1960s)
France
   
special features leadpointer in removable pushbutton
Gilbert Criterium 2806
Criterium 2806
Gilbert Criterium 2809
Criterium 2809 courtesy Paul Hunt collection

Criterium 2800 series

Gilbert & Blanzy-Poure, France

purpose
lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
coloring
(3 mm)
pushbutton spring clutch
aluminum barrel, plastic pushbutton, brass collet
unknown
(1950s)
France