Boring
Welcome | What’s New?
Site Map | Usage Note

Become a Contributor
Really Boring
What is a Leadholder?
Leadholder History
Leadholder Mechanics
Leadholder Database
Yawn
References
Contributors
Leadholder Links
Contact D. B. Smith


What’s new

a reverse chronological history of Leadholder

Dennis B. Smith, curator

page 4

pages   12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2002 April 29 — 2004 November 11
See those little icons after the links in the June 8 entry? That’s it. That’s the update. Happy?

Well, okay. There is a bit more, but nothing you’re likely to notice. The site is currently undergoing big structural changes behind the scenes and the icons are the one immediately visible chage so far. If you hover your cursor over a link preceding one of the icons and your browser is reasonably up-to-date you’ll notice a “tooltip” style message informing you that the link will open in a new window.

For you HTML geeks, the site will have expanded CSS features and some useful new Javascripting. I’m a visual artist, so really my thing is the layout and graphics of the site. I’ve been trying to overhaul the appearance of Leadholder.com, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it is fine the way it is.

“That’s neat, Dennis, but what about the site’s content? That’s the big draw, not your lame-ass web design efforts,” I hear you saying, and you’re right. I’ll do some content updating soon.
This is a bit of a flukey update. No actual content has been added, but I do have a few bloggy sort of remarks.

First off, if you happen to be one of those toy packaging engineers who thinks it’s a good idea to lash every tiny piece of every toy into its box with heavy gauge wire, I’m going to hunt you down and fucking hurt you. Bad. And I’ll make it look like an accident.

Okay... With that out of the way, about Leadholder.com... oh, wait a minute. I just remembered another blogish rant I’ve been wanting to post on the internet somewhere. I don’t like George W BushLink Opens in New Window. In the interest of tolerance though I welcome those who do like the filthy piece of shit to enjoy themselves on this a-political website.

Anyway, Leadholder was featured in the newsletter of the American Pencil Collectors SocietyLink Opens in New Window. It was a while ago, but if you did happen to find out about my site from the newsletter, I’m glad you stopped by. If you are one of the internetless folks who saw the article and took the time to contact me via the postal service, thanks for writing. I apologize for not writing back, but I misplaced your letters. Someday they’ll turn up and we’ll all have a big laugh about it.

Also, Leadholder was a Yahoo!Link Opens in New Window“Pick of the Day” or something. This was a while ago too, but if you found out about my site from Yahoo, I’m glad you stopped by.

Last bit: I’ve added a few links here and there to SmithTwins which is another website of mine. Smithtwins features t-shirt designs and whatnot including some inspired by some of the images found on Leadholder so go have a peek.
Added a very nice, early Staedtler “Mars” 1002 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Added a beautiful Staedtler drafting pencil case to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Added a post-war (WWI) variant of the A.W. Faber “Castell” 9022 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Added a post-war (WWII) variant of the A.W. Faber “Castell” 9022 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Added another A.W. Faber “Castell” 9500 Locktite variant to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.

Added an early A.W. Faber “Photo Retouching” leadholder to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery.

Added Eberhard Faber’s Mongol drawing pencils to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery.
Added another unusual Soviet era leadholder of unknown make to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Added a Leroy “Lead Clutch” to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery.

Updated several entries in the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery:
Koh-I-Noor Rapidomatic 5630 Series
Alvin Draft-Matic Series
Pentel Graph 1000 Series

Added a Venus crank action lead pointer to the Lead Pointer Gallery.
Updated the Koh-I-Noor 5616 entry with an early boxed version in the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.

Added a Faber-Castell TK Fine-Vario L to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Updated the Faber-Castell TK 9751 T entry with images of a box in the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Added a French made Baignol & Farjon 234 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.

Added a set of 5 Moldavian made colored sketching leadholders to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery.

Added a box of French made Gilbert Conté lead to the Lead Box Gallery.
Added a wooden Dixon’s Eldorado 163 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a plastic Dixon’s Eldorado 163 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a yellow Staedtler 788 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery

Added a German made Koh-I-Noor 48 to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Remember way back when I announced that Leadholder would not be updated for the forseeable future? Well, the unforseen future is upon us. Here’s an update.

Added a mysterious early member of the Faber Castell “TK” series to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Added an early smooth barreled Koh-I-Noor 5618 “Streamline” Automatic leadholder to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery.

Added an example of the elusive white “Shorty” to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Added a very old and unusual triagular barreled L&C Hardtmuth No. 3 to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery.
Added the uniquely sized 4.2 mm Faber Castell TK 9430 to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery.

Added the uniquely sized 4.2 mm Faber Castell 9073 lead to the Lead Box Gallery.
Added a tube of “eraser ended” Eberhard Faber Microtomic lead to the Lead Box Gallery.
Leadholder is now in “maintenance mode” meaning I won’t be updating it for the forseeable future. It will remain online indefinitely and I do plan on directing more of my attention to it someday. I still enjoy hearing from visitors with questions and comments so keep those coming. The shop pages have been removed as I no longer have time to fill orders. Feel free to ask though if you are looking for something in particular. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to even reply to your request, but I will be sifting through my leadholder mail on occasion.

Dennis B. Smith
First update in a long while. I’m preparing a “real” update, but for now, the only thing I’ve changed are the and pages.
Added an Eberhard Faber “Van Dyke” 331 pencil extender to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery
Added two early Koh-I-Noor 1500 pencils to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery.

Added a 1908 Tower Manufacturing catalog to the Vintage Catalog Gallery.

Added a fair number of things that are too uninteresting for me to bother listing.
Added two examples of the rotring Tikky II to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a black rotring 600 to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Demi-.5 to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery

Added a Paramount Diamond to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery
Added a Paramount Star to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery
Added a 19th century box of Eagle colored leads to the Lead Box Gallery
Added an A.W. Faber Castell 9600 “Fleet-Line” flat lead pencil to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an A.W. Faber Castell 069 double ended pencil to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Dietzgen Elastichuck double ended pencil to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Truline pencil to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a circa 1950s Eagle Turquoise 3375 pencil to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery

Added a set of Hasbro refillable colored pencils to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery

Added Pentel PG1505 “Accu Graph” to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a 1939 Eugene Dietzgen Co. catalog to the Vintage Catalog Gallery
Added an APSCO pencil sharpener catalog to the Vintage Catalog Gallery

Added an early 20th century A.W. Faber Castell 9022 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an early 20th century A.W. Faber Castell Pocket Pencil to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a 19th century Johann Faber No. 2 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an Eberhard Faber Colorbrite 3110 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an Alvin Constructor 5022 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a late example of the Koh-I-Noor 1511 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Teledyne Post 38 MG-010 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery

Added a munchkinesque Koh-I-Noor 5649-and-a-half to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Nickel-Plated David Hayward Design Scribbler 3 to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Nickel-Plated David Hayward Design Scribbler 5 to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery

Added a great A.W. Faber-Castell “Microlette” 9502 to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a mint-in-the-box, 20-year-old Pentel PG7 to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery

Added a rare example of an early box of Eagle Turquoise Drawing Pencils to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery
Added an early Dixon’s Eldorado, “The Master Drawing Pencil” to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery
Added a box of Dixon’s Metric Drawing Pencils to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery
Added a 1920s vintage left-handed Koh-I-Noor to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery
Added a contemporary Koh-I-Noor 1500-I to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery
Added a Bruynzeel “High Grade” to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery
Added a Lyra Orlow 6300 to the Wood Cased Pencil Gallery

Added a Keuffel & Esser “Refillable Pencil Pointer” to the Lead Pointer Gallery. This is the first sandpaper style pointer I’ve included in the gallery. This one overcame my prejudice, I guess, because it’s not as disposable as the typical sandpaper pointer.
Added a very old Venus twist lock model to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Staedtler Mars 48002 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery

Added four excellent examples of early A.W. Faber Castell lead boxes, one of which is nearly 100 years old, to the Lead Box Gallery
Added US Patent 2785657 which is an interesting wood pencil sharpener which simultaneously cuts the wood and the lead draftsman style

Added a great Eberhard Faber Microtomic 609 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an Alvin Draft-Line XA07 to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a 1952 Theodore Alteneder & Sons catalog to the Vintage Catalog Gallery

Added a metallic blue Gramercy variant to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added several Tacro variants to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Skilcraft to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an A.W. Faber Castell Locktite yellow colored pencil to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an A.W. Faber Castell Locktite 9500 variant to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Charvoz 38-0077 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Staedtler Mars 773 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an ATI 1200 Technical Pencil to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Updated the Tacro 4434 and 4435 in the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a South American Faber-Castell catalog from the 1980s
Added another South American Faber-Castell catalog from the 1980s or 90s

Added two triangular leaded “Bleispitz” leadholders to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Again updated the Venus Drawing Pencil entry in the Wood Cased Drafting Pencil Gallery
Updated the Eberhard Faber Reform entry in the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Updated the and pages
Added a 1935 Dixon Eldorado Drawing Pencil Ad to the Vintage Ad Gallery
Added several ads from 1939 and 1940 Architectural Record journals to the Vintage Ad Gallery:
A.W. Faber Castell Drawing Pencils, March 1940
Venus Drawing Pencils, August 1939
Venus Drawing Pencils, October 1939
Venus Drawing Pencils, April 1940
Venus Drawing Pencils, circa 1940
Eagle Turquoise Drawing Pencils, March 1940
Eagle Turquoise Drawing Pencils, circa 1940

Updated the Venus Drawing Pencil entry in the Wood Cased Drafting Pencil Gallery
Updated the Eagle Turquoise Drawing Pencil entry in the Wood Cased Drafting Pencil Gallery
Added a Parker-Garrick “Stumpy” to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Updated the Eagle/Berol/Sanford 10 entry in the Drafting Leadholder Gallery with additional images
Updated the Slate Lead Holder in the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery to include the box and spare slate leads

Added several new pencils to the Wood Cased Drafting Pencil Gallery including:
Frederick Post Co. Corona Drawing Pencil
Musgrave Pencil Co. Unigraph Drawing Pencil
Empire Pencil Co. “Speed” Drawing Pencil
Dixon’s Artist’s Pencil

Updated several pencils to the Wood Cased Drafting Pencil Gallery including:
A.W. Faber Castell 9000
Dixon’s Eldorado Drawing Pencil
Eberhard Faber Van Dyke
Added a 1943 Keuffel & Esser catalog to the Vintage Catalog Gallery
Added a 1954 Keuffel & Esser catalog to the Vintage Catalog Gallery

Added an original A.W. Faber Castell 9800 “Tel-A-Grade” to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Updated the Turquoise Colored Lead page in the Lead Box Gallery
Added a Search feature. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. I hope you find it useful. I do.

Added a Bruning 83-410 in the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an Alvin Draft-Matic DM07 to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Sanford Pro-Touch II to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Templar Drawing Pencil in the Wood Cased Drafting Pencil Gallery
Oops. Leadholder has been unavailable for a few days due to a server configuration problem. It seems to be fixed now.

Added a Faber-Castell TK9401 to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added another variant of the Eagle Automatic Copying Pencil to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added the rotring 600 series to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added the Koh-I-Noor 5630 series to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added two super-cool David Hayward Design “Scribbler” sketching pencils to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Pentel Graph 1000 to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Updated the A.W. Faber Castell 9800SG entry in the Drafting Leadholder Gallery with a red buttoned version
Added a circa 1900 pack of A.W. Faber Polygrade Leads to the Lead Box Gallery
Added three 1950s vintage packs of A.W. Faber Techno-Tone Colored Leads to the Lead Box Gallery
Added a pack of Koh-I-Noor 2610 “Negro” Leads to the Lead Box Gallery
Added three packs of Koh-I-Noor 2625 Charcoal Leads to the Lead Box Gallery
Added two vintage packs of Eagle Turquoise Colored Print Marking Leads to the Lead Box Gallery
Added some hard to find 3.15 and 5.6 mm colored lead to the .
Added a 1980 Pentel catalog to the Vintage Catalog Gallery. I was surprised to find Pentel offering a rather traditional 2 mm leadholder back then, in addition to their signature thin lead mechanical pencils. Later, they would introduce the funky Multi 8 which is a 2 mm pencil of sorts.

Added an early D.J. Fugle lead pointer to the Lead Pointer Gallery
Added an Itan lead pointer to the Lead Pointer Gallery
Added a Staedtler 5600D drafting pencil sharpener to the Lead Pointer Gallery

Added some hard to find colored 2 mm lead to the .

Updated the Koh-I-Noor 5617 in the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Updated the Berol Turquoise 17 in the Lead Pointer Gallery
Updated the Tru-Point in the Lead Pointer Gallery
Updated the Keuffel & Esser Vari-Point in the Lead Pointer Gallery
Updated the Koh-I-Noor 992 in the Lead Pointer Gallery
Updated the Boston model LP in the Lead Pointer Gallery
Added a previously unknown Venus twist lock leadholder with advertising to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a post-1992 Faber-Castell TK9500 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an unusual Slate Holder to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an Eberhard Faber “Reform” marking pencil to the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added the unique Pentel PMG to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a Pentel PF337 for drawing on plastic film to the Thin Lead Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a 1930s vintage pack of A.W. Faber Castell Refill Leads to the Lead Box Gallery
I’ve reorganized the Leadholder section into three areas: New Items, Vintage Used Items, and Recommended New Items from offsite shops.

Added a Staedtler Mars Technico 48013 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added a blue A.W. Faber Sure-Grip 6803 to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Added an old Tacro 443[?] to the Drafting Leadholder Gallery
Updated the Worther “Shorty” in the Non-Drafting Leadholder Gallery


What’s new

page 4

pages   12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1