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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

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Wahl Eversharp Gold Seal Deco Band Oversized Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, ca. late 1920s – early 1930s, black and pearl celluloid, gold filled trim. Cap bands engraved with Greek Key pattern, roller ball end on clips. Wahl double check symbol above clip on pen cap. FP is lever fill – fills only from a bottle. 14KT gold nib is marked: Wahl Eversharp 14K Gold Seal Flexible. Very flexible fine to broad point. FP measures 5.25 inches long, cap diameter is 9/16 inch. Mechanical Pencil is twist activated and uses 1.1mm diameter lead. Measures 5.25 inches long. FP and MP color are a good match, both are just slightly more yellow than they would have been originally. There is a slight darkening to the pearl color on the FP around the lever assembly. Clip balls show a line of brassing from being removed and replaced in a pocket over the years. Brassing to edges of the lever and lower narrow cap bands of both FP and MP. No hairline cracks which are common to the Wahl black and pearl material. This set is in very good condition.
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.
Wahl-Eversharp Equi-Poised Fountain Pen - ca. 1930s Wahl Eversharp Equi-Poised Fountain Pen, green and bronze celluloid, gold filled trim. Roller ball clip is engraved Wahl Eversharp, gold seal double check marks emblem above clip on cap, double cap bands. Streamlined cap and barrel ends coming to a point. Lever fill - fills only from a bottle. Solid 14KT gold nib is marked: Eversharp Gold Seal Made in USA Manifold. Very firm medium point and the feed is properly marked M on the underside. Measures 5 3/8 inches long. Cap color is very good, barrel is slightly darker than the cap. There is some brassing to both cap bands. The previous owner of this pen back in the 1930s was a nibbler, maybe a nervous Nelly! There are tiny indentations on the barrel end, and also a few on the cap top. We've polished them down some, but they can still be felt when you rub your fingers over the ends. Still a very nice pen that is not real common in very solid condition. Nice writer, too.
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 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 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.
Eversharp Doric Mechanical Pencil, ca. mid-1930s, marbled green and black celluloid, gold filled trim, short clip, openwork band, twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead. Measures 4 5/16 inches long. Name engraved on side of cap in block letters: Virginia Brighthell. Light brassing to cap band, otherwise good condition.

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