The WWI Brass Bullet Pencil is a reproduction of the bullet pencil. Brass bullet pencils were generally considered more practical than fountain pens in the trenches of WWI. A bullet pencil appears as part of the Princess Mary Gift Set that was given to British soldiers in 1914.
The bullet pencil remained popular from the 1910s to the1950s. Originally, bullet pencils were made from spent rounds. Opportunistic scavengers supposedly stepped over the bodies of fallen soldiers across the battlefields of Africa in search of empty brass rounds. Casings were cleaned up and turned into pencils. Faux “bullet” caps were added. The pencils were shipped back to England and sold as Boar war souvenirs.
Eventually, the spent .303 casing was replaced with a commercially-manufactured casing holder. Models were made with and without erasers. By the 1930s and 1940s, modern materials, such as plastics and resins were more common than metal. Many of the later bullet pencils were printed with company information and used as advertising pieces.
Note: The brass will develop a patina over time. This is considered normal. To remove the patina, remove the pencil and eraser, then use a brass polish on the casing.