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Updated February 6, 2017

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The Myth

In 1912, Tokuji Hayakawa, a Japanese businessman, invented an all metal propel type pencil named Ever-Sharp. The EverSharp 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!

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!

 

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Wahl Eversharp Pens

 

EV622  $100

Wahl Tempoint Fountain Pen, ca. late 19-teens, Black chased hard rubber, Gold filled lever and roller ball clip.  Lever fill – fills only from a bottle.  Solid 14KT gold nib is marked: Wahl Tempoint Pen 2, slightly responsive 0.8mm factory stub point. Measures 5.25 inches long. The hard rubber on this pen is black, but not quite as shiny black as it would have been originally, chasing is lightly worn, just not as crisp as it would have been originally. Cap  is marked:  Pat July 5, 1904. Barrel is marked:
Wahl-Tempoint-Fountain Pen Pat Jan 26 04 Chicago, USA. Brassing to top of clip and clip ball. Lever has a slight bend in center. Overall very good and a nice example of an early Wahl fountain pen.

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.

 

EV604 $40

Eversharp Pencil, USA, ca. early 1920s, gold filled metal, ornate crown, ring top, engraved chevron pattern. Twist to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel. Measures 4 inches long. Lower section of crown is engraved: Wahl Eversharp Gold Filled Made in USA. No brassing and in excellent condition.

 

EV608 $25

Eversharp Utility Mechanical Pencil - Translucent green celluloid with a black snakeskin pattern, black cap top is marked: Genuine Eversharp with the trademark double check marks. Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead. Measures 6 1/8 inches long. Fresh eraser. Very good condition.

EV612 $25 

Eversharp Utility Mechanical Pencil - Black celluloid with tiny silver rectangles, silver  cap top with engraved black lines.  Clip is marked:  Made in USA Eversharp.   Clear window runs the length of the barrel to view pencil mechanism. Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Measures 6 1/8 inches long.  Eraser is dry. Barrel engraved:  Beach Laundry Limited. Very good condition. 

EV624  $25

Eversharp Utility Pencil, ca. late 1920s, USA – cream and black marbled faceted barrel, flared chrome plated cap top with Greek Key design at top edge, missing the double rivet clip, just two little holes near the top of barrel. Twist to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel. Measures 5.75 inches long. Barrel is engraved:  Schuler & Benninghofen Hamilton Ohio. Aside from the missing clip, very good condition. 

EV631  $15

Wahl Eversharp Mechanical Checking Pencil, ca. 1920s,  metal case with dark blue enamel, white metal trim, Crown is marked:  Wahl Eversharp Made in USA Pend.  Spoon style clip.  Twist to extend large 3.0mm diameter lead. Manual repel.  Measures 5.25 inches long.  White metal trim is well oxidized, blue enamel has several very small chips where barrel meets the base of crown. 

An unusual Wahl Eversharp pencil in good condition. 

EV633  $25

Eversharp Utility Mechanical Pencil,  ca. 1930s, translucent celluloid pencil with black stripes,  topped with a black and silver eraser holder at top, eraser is dry, bright chrome clip is engraved Eversharp.  Nicely styled bright chrome ferrule.  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Measures 6 inches long.  Very good condition. 

EV634  $30

Eversharp Mechanical Pencil, ca. early 1930s, USA.  Cream and black faceted celluloid barrel, single rivet clip is marked Eversharp Made in USA.  Cylindrical crown designed to hold an exposed eraser, no eraser currently on pencil.  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Large diameter pencil measures 5 3/8 inches long. There is some tarnish to the white metal parts, otherwise very good condition. 

EV636  $45

Eversharp Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1920s, USA.  Red Hard Rubber barrel with nickel trim -  crown, spoon style clip and ferrule.  Greek Key engraving at top of crown.  Twist to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel.  Measures 5 3/8 inches long.  Light brassing to top edge of crown, otherwise very good condition. 

EV637   $150

Ever Sharp Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1915-1916, USA, very early production, smooth gold filled barrel, smooth gold filled finish with hard to find clip – arrow shaped at top, curved spoon shaped at bottom, sometimes referred to as a trowel clip.  Marked below crown: Ever Sharp (note space between Ever and Sharp), Patented 20 Year Gold Filled.  Barrel has beautiful hand engraved name in script:  M. Miller.   Uses 1.1mm diameter lead, twist to expel, manual repel. Measures 5.25 inches long. Crisp imprints, NO dings or dents, NO brassing and just a hint of typical light surface wear, this pencil is in excellent condition. 

EV640  $40

Wahl Eversharp Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1920s, USA, silver plated engraved chevron pattern on barrel.  Ring top.  Marked below crown: Wahl Eversharp Silver Plated Made in USA. Uses 1.1mm diameter lead, twist to expel, manual repel.  Measures 4 inches long. Imprints are easily readable. NO dings or dents.  There is light overall surface wear on the barrel.   Very good condition. 

EV641  $40

Wahl Eversharp Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1920s, USA, silver plated octagonal smooth paneled barrel.  Ring top.  Marked below crown:  Wahl Eversharp Silver Plated Made in USA. Uses 1.1mm diameter lead, twist to expel, manual repel.  Measures 4 inches long. Imprints are crisp. NO dings or dents.  Very light pitting at point end seen under magnification.  Very good condition. 

EV642   $35

Wahl Eversharp Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1920s, USA, gold filled smooth barrel.  Ring top.  Marked below crown:  Wahl Eversharp Gold Filled Made in USA.  Uses 1.1mm diameter lead, twist to expel, manual repel.  Measures 4 inches long. Imprints are crisp. One shallow ding near point end, otherwise very good condition.

EV643  $40

Wahl Eversharp Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1920s, USA, gold filled with parallel engraved lines on barrel.  Ring Top. Marked below crown: Wahl Co. Eversharp Gold Filled Made in USA.  Uses 1.1mm diameter lead, twist to expel, manual repel.  Measures 4 inches long.  Hand engraved initials in script in indicia:  M.E.J. Crisp imprints. Excellent condition.

EV650  $40

Wahl Eversharp Metal Ring Top Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1920s, Canada, ca. 1920s.  Gold filled metal with engraved chevron pattern. Top of barrel is marked:  Wahl Eversharp Gold Filled Metal Made in Canada.  Measures 4 inches long.  Twist crown to expel 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel.  One teeny tiny ding above ferrule on lower section of engraving, otherwise very good condition. 

EV651 $45

Wahl Eversharp Ring Top Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1920s, USA. Silverplate metal pencil with smooth finish. Top of barrel is marked: Wahl Eversharp Co. Made in USA Silverplated. Measures 3 1/8 inches. Twist crown to expel 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel. Barrel is hand engraved with the Greek symbols for Alpha Gamma Sigma, the Greek Honor Society. Excellent condition.

Eversharp Memorabilia

 

EV585 Eversharp Stock Certificate $25

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.

EV596 Eversharp 1930s Catalogue Reprint $15

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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