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Eversharp 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 the 1920s.

Eversharp 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 New 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!

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From 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

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From an original Wahl Eversharp 1924 advertisement

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 Ring Top Fountain Pen, ca. 1920s, Jade Green celluloid with black ends, Gold filled trim, double cap bands, solid 14KT gold nib is marked: Wahl Eversharp 14KT 2 Manifold, Manifold fine point. Lever fill – fills only from a bottle. Measures 4 5/16 inches long. Slight darkending of jade celluloid in cap center and at end of barrel, overall the color is pretty even and not a bad example at all of a color that usually has turned totally dark brown over the years. Very good condition.
Eversharp Skyline Fountain Pen, USA, burgundy cap and barrel, gold filled clip and trim, lever fill - fills only from a bottle. Eversharp solid 14KT gold nib is a very responsive, but not quite flexible medium point. Measures 5.25 inches long. This is a hard to find band-less model, no cap band. Name engraved on barrel: Earl Pennock. Very good 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 quite nice.
Eversharp Exotic Leather Mechanical Pencil - Eversharp made this model of pencil in several different colors of exotic dyed leathers, this one is a deep red with bright gold filled trim. The exotic leathers had a short production time, probably because the seam on the leather wrap tended to split open and then the leather would totally fall away, not to mention they might have been just a bit ahead of the times! Indeed on this pencil the seam has started to separate, however the leather is all securely in place and the trim is in in superb condition, one of the nicest examples we have seen over the years. Measures 5.25 inches long. Click to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel.
Eversharp Skyline Pencil, ca. 1940s - This was the economy model of Skyline mechanical pencil made during WWII era. Burgundy with gold filled ferrule and clicker button, clip is sterling because it was not a scarce metal during the war. Click to extend 0.9mm diameter lead, manual repel. Measures 5 1/8 inches long. Very good condition.

Eversharp Memorabilia

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.
Eversharp 1930s Catalogue Reprint
Reprint of a 1930s Eversharp Catalogue. Information and illustrations on Interchangeable Points, Equi-Poised, Gold Seal, Doric, Propel-Repel-Expel Pencils, Red Top Leads, Diagrams of Eversharp Mechanical Pencils and Personal Point Pens. Measures 8.5 x 5.5 inches, soft cover, staple bound, 14 pages, black on ivory.

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