View Full Version : tk-matic vs. alpha-matic

August 18th, 2017, 03:41 AM
Hi! I'm new to this forum and I have a question. What is the difference betw. alpha-matic und a TK-matic, I couldn't find much reference to this old pencils, describing their history. :baby:

August 18th, 2017, 05:00 AM
Don't own these items but one difference seems to be the lead sleeve. Alpha-matic has conical, perhaps more aimed for writing, and TK-matic has a bit longer and cylindrical lead sleeve, better for drafting work.

August 18th, 2017, 06:21 AM
Hi MPGeek! Are they both from the same period of time? Both the same build quality? And how about the market value?

August 20th, 2017, 09:34 AM
Ah, just got to know you’re right, Vittorio Villani tells in his video ‹Mechanical Pencil Collection›, I quote: ‹This is the TK-matic, which is similar to the alpha-matic but it is the drafting version.› ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx21XsABrhQ#t=10m37s )