Beautiful pencils, Polanova. The celluloid patterns and colors are certainly beautiful.
These lend themselves more as collectibles than user instruments, for several reasons. First, celluloid is not as durable as modern plastics and metals. If you drop such a pencil, you risk shatters and cracks. Second, most of these older pencils came in 0.9mm or 1.0mm sizes, which is a limitation for those who need a more narrow 0.7mm or 0.5mm (most common). Third, their lead advance mechanism is a twist type, and is done at the front... which requires two hands to operate (one hand holds the pencil, while the other hand does the rotation). This isn't to say they're not worth owning -- but I see them more as part of a collection than something to be used frequently.
As for the availability of vintage mechanical pencils, it does seem that they'd often get separated from their matching fountain pens... so you'd not often see one accompanying a vintage fountain pen being sold. But look at the vintage pencil lots on the used market... you can find many, many older mechanical pencils and some that may have had a fountain pen mate. It's a bit unwieldy though, because sellers often don't know what they have and won't show good photos of any specific pencil. Thus, you have little idea of the true condition and function. Plus, if you're looking for just one pencil, you're not going to be inclined to pay for all those "junker" pencils in the bunch just to get one pencil.
Thanks, MYU In fact, I don`t want any of my pens to drop, but it`s true that there are disadvantages, like lead size. I`ll be using these pencils mostly at home.
Obviously they won`t make my set of GraphGear1000 pencils obsolete, but is nice to use them on occasion, as I`m a big fan of celluloid. As I`m probably more a pen accumulator as collector I enjoy using vintage pens.
After having a deep look into vintage pen sites & the fleabay I can say that pencils are generally a lot rarer than the fountain pens they belong to.
You`ll find a lot more Eversharp Doric fountain pens than pencils and prices seem to be all over the place.
Same with modern pencils: It took me ages to find out that Visconti Divina pencils actually exist & only found 2 (!!) shops who have them on offer. Same with Omas: Celluloid Omas FP`s pop up regularly but I haven`t seen a pencil yet. If they appear at all they`re offered as pairs (not that I`d be willing to pay premium price for an Omas pencil, just because they`re rarer; the facetted ones are as nice as Dorics but not in any way nicer )
Edited by Polanova, 25 February 2018 - 17:47.