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    Default Favorite Advertising and Auto Point Type Mechanical Pencils

    I am have enjoyed learning about Auto Point or similar mechanical pencils. If you collect these old relics, post your favorite including advertising or just vintage Auto Point or similar. I am interested in learning about these pencils from your experiences.

    Right now I have two KS8300 Bell Property pencils, but am spying out others.

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    Default Re: Favorite Advertising and Auto Point Type Mechanical Pencils

    Some additional pencils and how to make replacement erasers.
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    Autopoint models to date.

    From the top, circa 1964 Model 167 in silver and brass, the silver takes .9mm lead while all others 1.1.
    Third down is a Model 172, very slender and feels good in the hand. The bottom two were listed as "new oversize models" in a 1927 catalogue.
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    Three Rocket pencils. The middle was referred to as the Golden Rocket in a 1964 catalogue with a MSRP of $2.25. This one is from 1947 with provenance that came with the pen. It was a gift and the owner dated the reception date and the donor.
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    I have quite a few working mechanical pencils with advertising listed in my Etsy store.



    https://www.etsy.com/listing/4940727..._manager_table
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    Was able to complete the circle on Autopoint Rockets. This is the #165 or "Plastic Rocket" that sold for $1.50 in '64. This pen was made in 1958.
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    I seem to be gravitating towards a few pencils at the moment. Sadly one of my niceday's has lost it's fine point, but as it's a duplicate I'm not too concerned about it. I love my little Tombow and Lamy pencils.

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    I've been able to discover a lead used to mark IBM cards by purchasing old Bell South pencils. The lead is dark and soft. The technology was Mark Sense and the pencils had this term imprinted on the barrels.

    The fill mechanism is a spiral type with a j shaped part that kept the lead moving downward. Very long leads are able to be used. This type lead is still available https://www.legendaryleadcompany.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    I am have enjoyed learning about Auto Point or similar mechanical pencils. If you collect these old relics, post your favorite including advertising or just vintage Auto Point or similar. I am interested in learning about these pencils from your experiences.

    Right now I have two KS8300 Bell Property pencils, but am spying out others.
    Chuck, I assume you've found your way to Jon Veley's Blog and his Legendary Lead site. I've had a couple of modern Autopoint Jumbo pencils -- an ivory and a navy blue or black .9mm -- but you tickled my curiosity. Now I have, or have bought, a half-dozen new and unmarked Autopoints and another half-dozen advertising Autopoints. Reminds me of my rediscovery of Esterbrooks: nice looking, usable, and about a dozen years ago Esties routinely sold for $15 raw and $25 cleaned and re-sacked, and equipped with a good 2668 point, by a guy who called himself "AppleJim".

    I've even spotted more Autopoint "Bell System" pencils on EBay. Maybe I'll make a skunk set.

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    Jon Veley's Blog: https://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/

    Jon's book about Autopoint: "A Century of Autopoint": https://www.legendaryleadcompany.com...Autopoint.html

    Jon sells .9mm and 1.1mm lead that he recovered from the Panda Pencil Company, just before it was to be thrown out. Panda made "old-fashioned" graphite-based pencil leads, but eventually could not compete with new-fangled lead.
    "Panda manufactured leads from traditional blends of clay and graphite. As needle-thin leads became fashionable in the 1980s, imported Japanese leads with a new polymer-based composition were much cheaper to make, once the initial equipment investments were made. Panda wasn't able to afford the required upgrades, so the company discontinued the manufacture of mechanical pencil leads, focusing instead on wood advertising pencils."
    His Panda leads are sold at: https://www.legendaryleadcompany.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    I've been able to discover a lead used to mark IBM cards by purchasing old Bell South pencils. The lead is dark and soft. The technology was Mark Sense and the pencils had this term imprinted on the barrels.

    The fill mechanism is a spiral type with a j shaped part that kept the lead moving downward. Very long leads are able to be used. This type lead is still available https://www.legendaryleadcompany.com/
    Of course, it always pays to read the fine print! I have been astonished at the 1.1mm (.046 inch) soft leads at Legendary Lead Company. Found a 1.1mm Scripto when I started working for GE many years ago, but tossed it to the back of my desk. Must have been #2, or HB leads -- just to hard -- so I continued to used Pentel .5mm and .7mm pencils. Ah, if I had only noticed , that is, if stationery store had been selling 1.1mm B or 2B leads.

    Jon Veley, of Legendary Lead, has found 4B and 5B 1.1mm leads!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    I've been able to discover a lead used to mark IBM cards by purchasing old Bell South pencils. The lead is dark and soft. The technology was Mark Sense and the pencils had this term imprinted on the barrels.

    The fill mechanism is a spiral type with a j shaped part that kept the lead moving downward. Very long leads are able to be used. This type lead is still available https://www.legendaryleadcompany.com/
    Of course, it always pays to read the fine print! I have been astonished at the 1.1mm (.046 inch) soft leads at Legendary Lead Company. Found a 1.1mm Scripto when I started working for GE many years ago, but tossed it to the back of my desk. Must have been #2, or HB leads -- just to hard -- so I continued to used Pentel .5mm and .7mm pencils. Ah, if I had only noticed , that is, if stationery store had been selling 1.1mm B or 2B leads.

    Jon Veley, of Legendary Lead, has found 4B and 5B 1.1mm leads!
    I am sorry I've been missing your posts and very pleased you are considering this brand of pencil. I found two of the very large 1927 pencils and was able to source two brand new erasers. I sent one to my daughter who is now enjoying it.

    I have been drawn to the Rocket design and have amassed several, one from 1947.

    From my post #3 I am showing a style 172/.9mm lead. This is a very slender pencil, similar or the same as a wooden pencil. My grand daughter loves it and wanted one for her friend. I found another one so all's well. Be sure to consider a 172. I've seen them in mid '60's catalogues.

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