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Keuffel & Esser “Leroy” Pencils


Leroy* refers to a system for lettering that uses templates and special scribing tools to create machine-perfect lettering. These tiny pencils are designed to fit a Leroy lettering scriber.

As far as I know the only pencils Keuffel & Esser actually made within the company were the short “020”s for use with the Leroy lettering system line. In the 1960s they made a screw feed Leroy mechanical pencil. In 1970 the Leroy pencil was redesigned as a push button model. Both of these were made in-house – that is, the parts were produced for K&E by various vendors and then assembled in K&E’s Salisbury Products Division in Lakeville, CT, which also produced all the plastic slide rules, the entire Leroy line, along with various sheet stock templates and triangles. Late in the 1970s K&E decided to purchase completed Leroy pencils from Pilot Pen of Japan since ordering them in quantity from Pilot was less expensive than doing the assembly in house. Pilot also supplied the lead.

*Leroy is always capitalized (LEROY) in K&E literature. I am unsure if it is an acronym or what the story is.

Keuffel & Esser Leroy Illustration

 Illustration from the 1970 Keuffel & Esser Leroy catalog.

K+E Leroy Lead Clutch

Keuffel & Esser, New York City

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
twist lock clutch
all metal
none
circa 1950
USA
   
see also Keuffel & Esser “Leroy” Pencils – Notes
Keuffel & Esser Trupoint lead pointer with Leroy clutch adaptor
Keuffel & Esser Leroy Lettering Equipment catalog, 1970, p 37
Keuffel & Esser "020" Leroy Pencil

K+E “020” Leroy Pencil

Keuffel & Esser, New York City

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
0.020 inches (0.5 mm)
continuous twist action advance
plastic barrel, metal mechanism
none
circa 1960s–1970
USA
 
special features nose shaped to fit in a Leroy scriber
see also Keuffel & Esser “Leroy” Pencils – Notes
Keuffel & Esser “020” Pentel Graph Pencil
Keuffel & Esser Leroy Lettering Equipment catalog, 1970, p 7
Keuffel & Esser Leroy Lettering Equipment catalog, 1970, p 37

Leroy 022

K+E “022” Leroy Pencil

Keuffel & Esser Co., Morristown, New Jersey, USA

lead diameter(s)
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
OEM
0.020 inches (0.5 mm)
plastic barrel, metal mechanism
pushbutton incremental advance
none
circa 1971 to circa 1978
U.S.A. / Japan
K&E (nose) / Pilot Pen, Japan (pencil body)
 
special features nose shaped to fit in a Leroy scriber
see also Keuffel & Esser “Leroy” Pencils – Notes
Koh-I-Noor 5619 “Very Fine” thin lead drafting pencil

This improved Leroy pencil has a pushbutton action and longer leads.

Another US company, Koh-I-Noor, at one time had their model 5619 thin lead pencils made in by Pilot of Japan and the design of that full-size model is very similar to this K&E branded example.



This lead was supplied to K&E by A.W. Faber-Castell of Germany

Leroy Pencil

Keuffel & Esser Co., Morristown, New Jersey, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
OEM
0.5 mm
all metal
pushbutton incremental advance
none
circa 1978
Japan
Pilot Pen, Japan
   
see also Keuffel & Esser “Leroy” Pencils – Notes
This Leroy stainless 0.5 leadholder was the last style used in K&E’s Leroy sets. It was manufactured for K&E by Pilot Pen of Japan.