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Eberhard Faber Microtomic 605
 

Microtomic 605

Eberhard Faber, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
molded plastic barrel, aluminum nose/grip, brass jaws.
pushbutton color: blue, green, red, yellow
(1960s)
USA
   
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Leads
 

Van Dyke 606

Eberhard Faber, Germany

 
Hey, man! What gives?
Where is the model 606?
It used to be RIGHT here!
I've moved the 606 and the 612 to a new page devoted specifically to the
German Eberhard Faber company as distinct from the US-based company.



Microtomic 607

Eberhard Faber, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
all metal
pushbutton retainer: blue, gold, green, red
1950's
USA
   
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Leads
Eberhard Faber Microtomic Ad Flyer, 1953
Alfred Mossner Co. Catalog, 1959, p 57
 
courtesy Allan Macdonald collection

Microtomic 608

(smooth nose)

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

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
pushbutton retainer: blue, yellow, green, red
early 1950's
USA
   
see also Eberhard Faber ad from April 1954 Architectural Record


courtesy Allan Macdonald collection

Microtomic 608

(knurled nose, gold imprint)

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

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
pushbutton retainer: blue, yellow, green, red
mid 1950s
USA
 
see also Eberhard Faber ad from April 1954 Architectural Record
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 608 (knurled nose, gold imprint) package


green ended variant courtesy Allan Macdonald collection

Microtomic 608

(knurled nose, silver imprint)

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

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
pushbutton retainer: blue, yellow, green, red
late 1950's
USA
   
see also Eberhard Faber ad from April 1954 Architectural Record
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 608 (knurled nose, silver imprint)
Eberhard Faber "Van Dyke" 609
Eberhard Faber "Van Dyke" 609 (reverse)
reverse

“Van Dyke” 609

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

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
twist lock clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
circa 1940s
USA
   
special features replaceable eraser
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Leads
Eberhard Faber Van Dyke Drawing Pencils
This is it ’raser fans. One of the very few leadholders with an eraser, and one of only three or so in my collection. One other, along with some general information about leadholders and erasers can be found on the Alteneder page.
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 609

Microtomic Van Dyke 609

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

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
twist lock clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
circa 1953
USA
   
special features replaceable eraser
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Leads
Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Pencils
Eberhard Faber Microtomic Van Dyke Drawing Leads
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 609 box side 1
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 609 box side 2
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 609 box side 3
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 609 box side 4
Four sides of the Microtomic 609 box.
Eberhard Faber "Van Dyke" 610
Imprint reads: Eberhard Faber U.S.A. “Van Dyke” – HH.

“Van Dyke” 610 (?)

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

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
twist lock clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
degree imprint: F, H, 2H,4H, (full range unknown)
(1940s)
USA
   
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Leads
I think this is the 610 model, but it has no model number on it. The imprint has almost completely worn off.
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 610
courtesy Paul Hunt collection

Microtomic 610

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

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
twist lock clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
colored tail cap: blue, gold, green, red
1950s
USA
 
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 610 Instructions
Eberhard Faber 610 instruction sheet.
click to enlarge
special features removable collet and extra collet storage under tail cap
see also Eberhard Faber Colorbrite 3110
Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Leads
Defiance Sales Corp. catalog, 1955, p 249
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 610
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 614
Eberhard Faber Microtomic 614

Microtomic 614

Eberhard Faber, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
all metal
colored degree indicator: blue, gold, green, red
1950s
USA
   
special features lead degree indicator that cannot be inadvertently shifted no matter how drunk you are
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Leads
Anyone who knows me, knows I like to take things apart. Whenever I get a new leadholder, the first thing I do is take it apart. I like to get the gunk out of the mechanism and to see how they work.

Leadholders are very simple devices, of course, and the way each comes apart and works is generally very similar. The Eberhard Faber Microtomic 614 is different. It has ten parts, not including the lead, and it comes apart easily. Most pushbutton clutch leadholders come apart into six pieces. This one has ten pieces. As any industrial engineer will tell you, creating parts that can be assembled and unassembled is much more expensive than making parts with one-way assembly. This leadholder cost way to much to manufacture and therefore is not common.

Eberhard Faber Microtomic 614 parts
  courtesy Paul Hunt collection

Microtomic 617

Eberhard Faber, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
all metal
colored pushbutton: (black), blue, (brown), gold, (green), red, (silver)
(1960s–1970s)
Italy
   
see also Eberhard Faber Microtomic Drawing Leads