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The Social Slencil

By on September 2, 2012 in Pencils & Accessories

The Social Slencil Mechanical Pencil

A very devoted and well-researched blog about mechanical pencils (!), Dave’s Mechanical Pencils, brought our attention to this unusual and beautiful example from ca. 1945. Called “The Social Slencil”, the pencil has a flat design (only 2mm thick) to sit in a pocket. It was manufactured by The Slencil Company of Orange, Mass, U.S.A, who still exist.

This seems old for a mechanical pencil but Wikipedia tells us the earliest extant example dates from at least 320 years ago! And the first patent for a refillable pencil with lead-propelling mechanism was issued in Britain in 1822.

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