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Notes and Conventions Used on Leadholder


Typical Gallery Item Description


Below is an example Gallery item description with notes to the left of each category. Not all items have all categories of information.


Dietzgen Elastichuck 3174

    Name and model number

Eugene Dietzgen Co., USA

    Maker or distributor
     
Lead Diameter(s) 2 mm  
Mechanism twist lock clutch with compression washer  
Composition aluminum barrel and degree indicator, steel nosepiece, neoprene compression washer  
Variations anodized barrel: blue, gold, green, red, silver  
Production Date * 1946 (to 1960s)  
Country of Origin USA
This is the country of manufacture. The location of the brand or distributor will be in the maker line above.
OEM Elastichuck Original Equipment Manufacturer
Special Features Unique neoprene compression washer mechanism.
 
     
See Also
(Cross References)
US Design Patent 144,474
Dietzgen Drafting Equipment and Supplies Catalog 22D, 1960, p 142
Cross references. This is probably the most valuable feature of Leadholder
The apotheosis of the twist lock clutch. This leadholder was also available in a double ended version. The only other leadholder I am aware of that also uses a compression washer clutch is the Bruning 3583. This is a very excellent pencil, but it was late on the scene (1946) and so had to compete against the much more convenient pushbutton clutch leadholders pioneered by the Caran d’Ache Fixpencil and widely copied by other manufacturers at about this time. This is one of the few leadholders of a quality and refinement on par with other top quality drafting tools.  
* Dates in parenthesis are approximate.

Some items with obscure imprints will have a facsimile of the imprint rendered in text. Example:


(obverse) Imprint reads: "Made by A.W. FABER in Germany * "CASTELL" *

As I like to keep my text layout simple and I cannot control what font your browser uses, I have developed a few conveniences in a attempt to clearly convey the descriptive content of the imprints. Almost all imprints use uppercase letters for all text so to illustrate a hierarchy in type I use lower case for the smallest text, Capitalized Words correspond to secondary text and ALL CAPS is reserved for primary words. I also use the * character as a stand in for graphic elements. Sometimes I betray or ignore completely these conventions as a courtesy to my readers.




A Note About Style


The writing style of a few of the entries and essays in this website is irreverent. I don’t really think Thomas French is a blasphemer or that Victorian propelling pencils or those who maintain an interest in them are somehow deficient. Outrageous comments like these are borne of the late night authoring I am forced to do because I work a real job in the daytime. If my nocturnal rants still make me snicker the following morning, I keep them in just to shake things up a bit. I mean, any website about collecting pencils is pathologically dull by nature, and any website about collecting pencils that also treats the topic with solemnity is anesthesia.

A Note About Privacy


Sometimes I need information about you. For instance if you ordered from the store, I would need an address to ship it to. And for all email correspondence there is a reply-to address. Information such as this is theoretically kept for about one year, but in practice it may be stored indefinitely. I clear my computer every year or so of old data including email, but it may still exist on backups of various kinds.

I never sell or give away any of this information. Except when I do. Which is only with your permission. For example you might get an email from me such as, “someone wrote me asking if I had any Elastichucks. I don’t but I recall you mentioning you had an extra one. Do you mind if I give so-and-so your email?” This is the only sort of circumstance where I would share private information and only if permission is given.

Leadholder stores data in cookies on your computer.  They are used by Google Analytics to keep track of visitors and pages viewed.  This information is in no way connected with you personally.  Using Google Analytics I can look up things like how many new visitors came to the site this week.  That number would be determined by whether or not the visitors have the cookies or not.  If they don’t they are assumed to be new to the site.  The data in these cookies is not used for targeted ads and doesn’t identify you in any way.  This is the actual content of the three Leadholder.com Google cookies on my computer right now:

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