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Mars-Technico 780

(left-handed imprint, long grip)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
degree imprint: unknown range
circa early to mid-1970s
Germany
   
special features lead pointer in removable pushbutton
Staedter Mars 780
An circa 1978 example with complex pocket clip and lead pointer in pushbutton.
Staedter Mars 780
A 1980s example with simplified pocket clip.
Staedter Mars 780
A 1990s example with plain pushbutton.
Staedter Mars 780
A 1990s example with degree imprint.

Mars 780

(short grip)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
14: degree imprints: 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, none
circa 1978 to present
Germany
   
special features lead pointer in removable pushbutton on earlier versions
see also Staedtler-Mars 1978 dealer calendar
Staedtler Mars catalog, 1985, p 18
Staedtler Katalog 1987-88, p 13
Staedtler 980 (type 2) drafting leadholder

This leadholder could be described as the international default drafting leadholder. It’s available everywhere and has been since 1977 or ’78.  It has remained unchanged in all but the most superficial of ways for 30 years.

Now, about those superficial differences:  When first introduced, the 780 came equipped with a rather elaborate pocket clip formed from very thin spring steel, as shown above.  This was then replaced with a much simpler clip formed from heavier steel.  The only other change I’ve seen is the removal of the pushbutton with integrated lead pointer in favor of a plain metal button.  Currently, there is also a lovely chinese made version of the 780 sold by Staedtler U.S.A. although it has been monickered the model 980 (and when I say “lovely,” in this case, I really mean something less so.  Much less so.)



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Mars-Technico 782

(imprint on two sides, tail extension, pre-1978 style logo)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
circa 1970s
Germany
   
special features lead pointer in removable pushbutton

Mars-Technico 782

(imprint on two sides, 1978 style logo)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
circa late 1970s to 1980s
Germany
   
special features lead pointer in removable pushbutton
see also Staedtler Mars Catalog, 1985, p 18
Staedtler Katalog 1987-88, p 13

Mars Technico 782

(imprint on one side only)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none
circa 1990 (to 2000)
Germany
   
special features lead pointer in removable button

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Mars-Technico 783

(left-handed imprint, black/white tail bands)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
custom imprints
circa late 1960s to 1970s
Germany
  Staedtler Mars Technico 1001

J.S. Staedtler Mars Lumograph 2886
special features unique lead degree indicator in grip
see also Staedtler Mars Catalog, 1985, p 18
Staedtler Mars Technico 48013
This left handed holder is branded "Lietz 4004-50" on the reverse side. This holder has a vestige of the black and white end that distinguishes Staedtler Mars wooden drafting pencils. The 1/2 scale leadholder image above shows an earlier and more direct adaptation of the Staedtler Mars wooden pencil graphics.


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Mars-Technico 783

(right-handed imprint, pre-1978 style logo)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none known
circa 1970s to 1980s (discontinued between 1985 and 1987)
Germany
   
special features unique lead degree indicator in grip
see also Staedtler Mars Catalog, 1985, p 18
Staedtler Mars Technico 48013
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Staedtler 785

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
metal clutch and nosepiece, plastic barrel and grip
unknown
(circa 1980s)
Germany
   
see also Staedtler 788
This model is similar to the 788 with a plastic barrel and grip, but has a metal nosepiece rather black plastic.
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Mars-Pan-Technico 787

(left-handed imprint, 6-jawed collet)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
1.9 to 3.15 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none known
circa early 1970s
Germany
   
special features clutch adaptable to a range of lead sizes
lead pointer in removable pushbutton
see also Staedtler Mars Pan-Technico 48019


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Mars-Pan-Technico 787

(two-sided imprint, pre-1978 style logo, 4-jawed collet)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
1.9 to 3.15 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none known
mid 1970s to (1985, maybe later)
Germany
   
special features clutch adaptable to a range of lead sizes
lead pointer in removable pushbutton
see also Staedtler Mars Catalog, 1985, p 18
Staedtler Katalog 1987-88, p 13
Staedtler Mars Pan-Technico 48019 leadholder
A late 1980s or early 1990s model with darker blue barrel.

Mars-PanTechnico 787

(imprint on only one side, dark blue barrel, 4-jawed collet)

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
1.9 to 3.15 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none known
(late 1980s to early 90s)
Germany
   
special features clutch adaptable to a range of lead sizes
lead pointer in removable pushbutton
 
Staedtler 788

Staedtler 788 & 788 C

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
all plastic except for collet
barrel color: black, blue, orange, red, yellow, ?
circa 1980s to present
Germany
   
see also Staedtler Mars Catalog, 1985, p 18
Staedtler Katalog 1987-88, p 13
This pencil is (or was, according to the 1985 Staedtler catalog) sold as the 789 in Canada for reasons obscure. Was a famous Canadian killed by the number 788, or is 788 Canadian slang for a sexual position or something? If anyone knows what’s up with the name game let me know.

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Staedtler 789

Staedtler, Germany

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring clutch
all plastic except for collet
unknown
circa 1980s
Germany
   
see also Staedtler Mars Catalog, 1985, p 18