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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 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 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 Desk Set, ca. 1930s, dark and light green onyx desk
base, gold filled mount, black pen holder with collar has gold filled
bands. Pen holder swivels 360 degrees. Measures 3 inches diameter.
Eversharp desk style fountain pen is black with single gold filled
band. Lever fill - fills only from a bottle. Solid 14KT gold nib is
marked Eversharp 14K Made in USA. Responsive medium point. Base is
in excellent condition. Fountain pen has a small scratch above lever
end and that area between lever and section is slightly rough to
touch. Otherwise 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
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.
Wahl Eversharp Metal Mechanical Pencil, ca, 1920s, USA, Silver
Plated, spoon style clip, elegant crown, measures 5 5/16 inches long.
Marked: Wahl Eversharp Silver Plated Made in USA. Twist to extend
1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel. Just a hint of wear to the silver
plating overall very good 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.
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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