Every Field Desk needs an Autopoint Mechanical Pencil.
This genuine Autopoint brand pencil is the same style as they used during WWII. Includes WWII Reproduction Instruction sheet for the Autopoint Pencil.
The original Autopoint trademark dates back to 1919, although its commercial introduction was likely in the early 20s. The essentially the same pencil is still in production today, although the company has changed hands multiple times. It’s original patent called for a bakelite or bakelite-like plastic. The company Bakelite would end up owning an interest in Autopoint from the mid-20’s until the 1940s. Their largest competitor during that time period was Scripto. Both companies manufactured an assortment of functional and decorative pencils.
Autopoint pencils are unique in that they use a thicker lead than modern, disposable mechanical pencils. Its thick lead is more durable than most modern mechanical pencils, making the Autopoint a durable and valuable substitute for the standard wooden pencil. Like Kleenex, the name Autopoint is often used to describe any thick lead mechanical pencil, regardless of brand. The Lead Refills can be purchased here https://wwiisoldier.com/product/autopoint-lead-refills-mechanical-pencil-0-9mm/
Original Autopoint pencils can be found with various U.S. Government markings. In 1943, Autopoint manufactured a wartime “blackout” edition.