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That is absolutely amazing!!!!

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It truly is amazing.

 

This means there are now both a fountain pen and a mechanical pencil manufacturer in Ohio, within a few hours drive of each other. Maybe we will one day see a collaboration. 

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Thank you for sharing this. I have been wondering what happened to Autopoint, but never found out.  Now I know. 
 

I figured the mechanical pencils would cost more. I didn’t guess they would be around $30. My guess was around $20. I have no idea what goes into etching all the patterns. Still, I may get one. I have two modern Autopoints, and three vintage ones. 

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Jon seems to be using a laser engraver to put the patterns on his pencils, but to my eye he's running it far too hot or too slow. Set properly, all the edges would be crisp. It may also be that he's running in a raster mode, where a vector mode would yield better and faster results. Time adds cost, and he's offering a unique product, so I can't fault his price point.

Mike Hungerford

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Interesting article.  I'll admit that I'm not in the market for a mechanical pencil (I've preferred leadholders such as my Berol Turquoise since college, because I can control the sharpness of the point -- and a 12 pack of the leads last me years).  But I wish Mr. Veley all the best, and hope he makes a go of the business.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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This was a wonderful article! I have been a long time fan of Autopoint pencils, and Jon has done the community a huge service by saving the assets of the company from (literally) the trash heap of history. Soon after I read the article I ordered a pencil, and it arrived a couple days ago. I ordered a black pencil with the No. 16 Pompeian pattern. If you are familiar with the "modern" Autopoints, it is the round Jumbo All-American style pencil, with the cool laser engraving. In addition to the Pompeian pattern, "Legendary Pencil Company" is engraved around the top of the barrel near the eraser. The pencil came with the 1.1 mm tip and yellow grip "cone," and loaded with one piece of a very soft classic lead. Of course the pencil features the same reliable push rod mechanism and 'grip-tite' slotted tip Autopoints have always used, so of course it is super reliable and solid. The combination of the soft clay/graphite lead and 1.1 mm tip was just too broad for my normal use, so I swapped it with a 0.9mm tip I already had from a similar modern Autopoint. I use Pentel 0.9 mm polymer lead it that. 

 

I am excited to see Autopoint reborn as The Legendary Pencil Company, and I hope Jon will be able to roll out other products, such as pencils using  other lead diameters and pencils in the standard, not jumbo size. I wish him all the best! 

Adam

Dayton, OH

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

-- Prov 25:2
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Oh my, that stuff looks great :puddle:. Now I'm getting all interested in the Autopoint pencils again. Oh, I've got to be strong and not start buying stuff here.

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It’s difficult not to add to cart and hit complete order. 

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