As you read these words, you may be asking yourself this question: What is a leadholder? Well, generally speaking a leadholder can be "broadly defined as any durable instrument that is designed to hold and be refillable with consumable pieces of graphite so that the graphite can be conveniently used for drawing or writing." These pieces of technological (and drafting) history are the subject of this website, designed and developed by Dennis B. Smith. While there are few leadholders in production today, the history of this rather fine drawing and drafting tool stretches back to the end of the 18th century. The website is a loving homage to the drafting pencil, as it contains image galleries that feature dozens of wood cased drafting pencils, thin lead leadholders, and various specialized leadholders. If that wasn't enough, the site also has complete vintage catalogs (such as F. Weber & Co.'s Price List of Artists' Materials and Draughtsmen's Supplies, from the mid-1890s), vintage advertisements, and old patent records, such as US Patent 1,745,226 for the 1930 Chuck Type Pencil.


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