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Wahl and the
Ever-Sharp Pencil Company
Pencils - The Myth
In 1912, Tokuji Hayakawa, a Japanese businessman, invented an all metal
propel type pencil named Ever-Sharp. The Ever-Sharp Pencil Company
began exporting pencils to the United States in 1914. The pencil was
immediately successful and in 1915, The Wahl Adding Machine Company
bought controlling interest in the Ever-Sharp Pencil Company. Wahl
began manufacturing Ever-Sharp pencils in Chicago in 1915. The
Wahl-Eversharp propel pencils continued to be a popular item well into
Pencils - The Truth
Recently discovered information dispels the story above
of the Eversharp
pencil being originally designed and produced in Japan. The
mis-information has been generally accepted by those in the pen
community for many years and has been published in several different
references. One of the most fascinating aspects of fountain pen
collecting is that new information is constantly surfacing. This is not
the first instance of well accepted information being disproved. I
would suspect that as time goes by, more old and accepted fountain pen
myths will also be discovered.
The Eversharp pencil was invented by Charles Keeran in
1913. He applied for a patent to the pencil on Oct 1913 and
was granted the patent in March 1915. Some of the very first Eversharp
pencils were produced in New York by Heath. (Heath is known for high
quality filigrees and metal work on pens) These pencils were first sold
in a test market during the holiday season of 1913 at Wanamaker's in
York. In October of 1915, Keeran signed a contract with Wahl to
manufacture Eversharp pencils. Wahl was apparently quite persistent in
wanting to have total control of the Eversharp pencil production and in
August 1917, Charles Keeran was basically forced to resign from the
company. Wahl certainly was not up front over the years about sharing
these historical facts!
an original Wahl Eversharp 1928 advertisement
Usually, when we think of the Wahl Eversharp metal pencils, we envision
the basic gold filled ringtop model with chevron chasing and the
accompanying dings and dents that unfortunately, metal writing
instruments are subject to. Aside from the basic pencil style mentioned
above, Wahl Eversharp produced metal pencils in a variety of chasing
patterns and metal finishes.
We've acquired a nice little
grouping of early Wahl Eversharp metal
pencils that are in beautiful condition and virtually free of
unattractive dings and dents. These make great little nostalgic gifts!
Wahl Eversharp Pens
an original Wahl Eversharp 1924 advertisement
Eversharp Fountain Pen, ca. early 1950s. Symphony shape and basic styling but not the total look and quality of the Symphony. original paper band marked No. 913 $4.75 Tax Incl. Dark blue cap and barrel with chrome plated clip and trim. Clip is engraved Made in USA at the top and Eversharp the length of the clip. Hard rubber feed from Skyline 1940s production. Bright steel nib with an overfeed in gold plate down the center. Marked on one side of overfeed: Medium and on the other side: 8363 USA. Medium point is slightly responsive. Measures 5.5 inches long and is in very good condition.
Eversharp Deluxe Skyline Fountain Pen, ca. 1940s, USA, burgundy barrel and derby, burgundy and green striped cap, gold filled clip and trim with the wide cap band. Lever fill - fills only from a bottle. Solid gold nib is marked: Eversharp 14K Made in USA, firm medium point. Measures 5 3/8 inches long. There is a speck of brassing in the center of lever where the cap posts, otherwise very good condition. This model of Skyline with the wide cap band is not common.
Wahl Eversharp Desk Set - ca. ate 1920s - early 1930s, Wahl Eversharp single desk set. Circular white onyx base with deep reddish-copper veining. New black felt on bottom of base protects your desk. Red and black hard rubber pen holder has gold filled trim at base and two double gold filled bands. Pen holder swivels 360 degrees. Wahl desk style fountain pen is red and black hard rubber, double gold filled bands on the barrel at lever. Black hard rubber section. Lever fill - fills only from a bottle. Solid 14KT gold nib is marked: Wahl 2 14K. Smooth medium point. Base measures 2 7/8 inches diameter. Pen is 7 7/8 inches long. Excellent condition.
Wahl Eversharp Pencils
Eversharp Pencils were very, very common and a favorite
pencil of many during the 1920s. In fact they were so popular, that
many people yet today refer to all mechanical pencils as "Eversharps".
Today it is harder to find these elegant mechanical pencils in nice
condition, the metal is prone to wear, as well as to little dings and
dents over the years.
Eversharp Utility Mechanical Pencil, ca. late 1920s, orange
celluloid with bright chrome clip and trim, twist to propel very large
1.8 diameter leads (pencil is fit with green lead), manual repel. Ribbed
spoon style clip, long bright chrome ferrule. Measures 5.5 inches long.
Eraser dried up. One shallow ding on the ferrule near barrel edge and a
few specks of pitting to the ribbed band on the pencil top, otherwise
Eversharp Utility Pencil, ca. 1930s, translucent celluloid pencil with black stripes, topped with a black and silver eraser cover (no eraser below), bright chrome clip is engraved Eversharp. Nicely styled bright chrome ferrule. Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead. Measures 6 inches long. Brassing to top of clip, otherwise very good condition.
Wahl Eversharp Pacemaker Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1937-1941, pearly brown marbled celluloid, gold filled clip and trim. Clip is Coronet style. Single bands at top and bottom edges of cap, cut outs surrounding the clicker button. Horizontal imprint on cap above clip reads: Genuine Eversharp Patented on the front and The Wahl Co Made in USA on the back. Click button at top of pencil to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel. Measures 5 1/8 inches long. The Pacemaker rivals the higher tiered Coronet in beauty and construction, but has slight differences from the Coronet - most notably celluloid barrel and cap whereas the equivalent model Coronet would have had metal cap and celluloid barrel.Very good condition.
Wahl Eversharp Gold Filled Pencil - ca. early 1920s, ring top mechanical pencil. Engine turned engraved Ripple pattern which is quite intricate, parallel lines below engraved wavy lines. Marked just below the crown on barrel: Wahl Eversharp Gold Filled Made in USA. Twist to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel. Measures 4 1/8 inches long. This pattern is not so common. No dings or dents, no brassing, this beautiful pencil is in excellent condition.
Eversharp Stock Certificate - Original certificate for 100 shares of Eversharp, Inc. Marked Full-Paid and Non-Assesable Shares of the Common Stock of the Par Value of $1.00 Each. Dated Oct 6 - 1966. White with ornate purple border. Made out to Carl M Loeb Rhoades & Co. Measures 11.75 x 8.25. Very good condition.
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