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Berol Turquoise 14

Berol Turquoise 14

Berol, USA

lead size
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
handheld turrret milling cutter
plastic case with steel cutter
body color:gray, orange, turquoise
1980s
Germany
 
see also Dahle model 301 lead pointer

Eagle Turquoise 17

Eagle Pencil Co., USA

lead size
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2mm
desktop mounted milling cutter
plastic body with die-cast metal turret and steel cutter
none
1966 to (1970s)
Germany
see also US Patent 3,398,773 "Lead Sharpener," 1966
Alvin Company catalog, 1971, p 84
The No. 17 was standard equipment in many US drafting rooms. It was an improvement (in my opinion) over the Tru-Point in that it had a hardened steel cutter which, when new, was much faster at pointing, and did not require replacement. The entire pointer, however, does require replacement after many years of use unbeknownst to the many draftsmen who still have one of these early models clamped to their desk and are unaware how dull the cutter has become.

Berol Turquoise 17

Berol Co., USA

lead size
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2mm
desktop mounted milling cutter
plastic body and turret w/ steel cutter
body colors: gray, orange, turquoise
(late 1970s) to (present?)
USA
 
Berol Turquoise 17 instructions, page 1
Berol Turquoise 17 instructions, page 2
  Berol Turquoise 17 instructions.
click to enlarge

The final incarnation of the Turquoise 17. This one is a merger or two later than the original Eagle, hence the Berol signature. The progressive evolution of the number 17 pointer finally, in this generation, resulted in a truly sensible use of the hollow base. It has a top accessible compartment for storing the guides and extra pads.

For some reason the designers thought it would be fun to bastardize the original clean design by gracelessly truncating a few of the corners. What were they thinking?