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Alvin 5000 Alvin 5000 box

Alvin Precision Lead Pointer No. 5000

Alvin Co. Importers, Windsor, Connecticut, USA

lead size
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
hand held with fixed steel blades
bakelite housing with metal blade assembly
body color?
late 1940s to 1970s
West Germany
 
see also Alvin Company catalog, 1971, p 81
Alvin 5020 and 5021 leadholders
US Patent 2,188,130 "Point Forming Device for the Leads of Pencils and the Like," 1939
Defiance Sales Corp. catalog, 1955, p 261

 

Alvin “Kleen Point” Pocket Size Lead Pointer No. 5555
Alvin “Kleen Point” Pocket Size Lead Pointer No. 5555

Alvin “Kleen Point” Pocket Size Lead Pointer No. 5555

Alvin & Co. Inc., Windsor, Connecticut, USA

lead size
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
4 blades
aluminum housing with steel blades
body color: black, copper, blue, gold, green, red
circa 1970
West Germany
see also Alvin Company catalog, 1971, p 81
Alvin 5550 Lead Holder and Pointer Set
Alvin 5020 and 5021 leadholders
US Patent 2,188,130 "Point Forming Device for the Leads of Pencils and the Like," 1939
The Alvin 5555 and the 5000 pointers use the same four blade assembly. This pocket model has a rubber gasket to prevent graphite powder from escaping. The gasket also serves to wipe loose dust off the point as the pencil is withdrawn which is a nice benefit.

Alvin 5555 instructions

Alvin ALP44 Lead PointerAlvin ALP44 Lead Pointer

Alvin Rotary Lead Pointer ALP44

Alvin Co., Windsor, Connecticut, USA

lead size
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2mm
handheld milling cutter
plastic body and turret w/ steel cutter
body color: beige, blue, orange
(1980s) to present
Germany
   
see also Koh-I-Noor 992WC
This pointer was sold as a number of brands other than Alvin, though I do not know which. It shares design features and uses guides which are identical with the larger Koh-I-Noor 992WC.

Alvin EP17

Alvin Co., Windsor, Connecticut, USA

lead size
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2mm
desktop mounted milling cutter
plastic body and turret w/ steel cutter
none
(1990s to present)
Taiwan
   
see also Dahle 323 lead pointer
This is a really poor quality knockoff of the Dahle 323, but it is nearly identical to the second generation of the real thing. New in this model was a plastic turret replacing the original die-cast one and a compartment in the bottom to store extra guides and dust pads.

The second generation's storage compartment was very useful as there was no good place to store the unused parts in the original model. A fortunate offshoot of this for the collector is that a surprising number of the early Turquoise 17's survived complete with the original box. The natural place to store the loose parts was in the box which was then saved. It is much less common to find the second and third generation pointers complete with the box. One shortcoming of the under-base storage was the inaccessibility of the compartment if the pointer was clamped to the drawing table.