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Venus
This early Venus has a left-handed imprint.

Venus Drawing Pencil

American Pencil Co., New York

The Venus brand pencil was introduced by the American Pencil Company in 1905. This gave them a jump on the other major American pencil manufacturers in the move into high-end pencils targeted at architects and artists. During World War I the supply of imported German pencils which dominated the top of the U.S. market was interrupted giving U.S. manufacturers their chance to move into this market. Because Venus had begun to establish herself before the war, she became the most popular drawing pencil during this time. Her history since then is a bit less glamorous, the brand having been used and abused by more hands than a three-dollar whore. Sorry, but the imagery of the phrase seems suitably vulgar to describe the fate of this once proud pencil.

Venus
Venus
Variations of the left-handed imprint. (I am unsure if these non-“drawing” designated versions were actually different in any way than the “drawing” version shown above.)

circa 1910 package reverse
   Wood Cased Drafting Pencils
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Venus Drawing Pencil

American Pencil Co., New York

circa late 1930s package reverse
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Venus Drawing

(Venus Pen & Pencil Corp.)

Venus Pen & Pencil Corp., New York

production date
origin
available degrees
1956 to 1967
USA
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
 
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early Venus Esterbrook example

Venus Drawing 3800

Venus Esterbrook Corp., New York City

production date
origin
available degrees
1967 to 1973
USA
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
 
Art Brown catalog, 1978, p 101

Notice on this example, only the Venus brand appears, not the maker. This was a prescient move by someone as the owner of the Venus brand was about to start rotating through every pencil company in the western hemisphere before being completely discarded. Faber-Castell would be the owner of the brand beginning in 1973. The early Faber-Castell Venus pencils are identical to the one pictured below. Oh. I think I’ll make an entry for the early Faber-Castell Venus and just use the same pic...

Venus Drawing 3800 (Venus Esterbrook)
late Venus Esterbrook example

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Venus Esterbrook box circa late 1960s   reverse
Venus Drawing 3800 (Faber-Castell)

Venus Drawing 3800

Faber-Castell

production date
origin
available degrees
1973
USA
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
 
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As an examination of the images below will reveal, there is no longer a Venus pencil. The distinctive finish lives on, but the goddess is dead. The countless mergers, bankruptcies, and acquisitions of the last 40 years have scrambled the identities of many previously competing brands of pencils. Nowhere is the fallout of these machinations more dramatic than with the once proud Venus Drawing Pencil.

Design Drawing 3800

Faber-Castell

production date
origin
available degrees
1970s
USA
unknown
 

Eberhard Faber Design Drawing 3800

production date
origin
available degrees
(1980s)
USA
unknown
 
Sanford Design Drawing 3800

Sanford Design Drawing 3800 09109

production date
origin
available degrees
c 2000
USA
unknown