Monday, September 12, 2011

Faber Castell Loctite 9800 SG Review

Latest addition to my Faber Castell leadholder collection: a new old stock (NOS) Loctite 9800 SG 2 mm clutch pencil manufactured in Germany in the 1970s. It features a distinct golden ribbed grip, lead degree indicator (from HB to 4H), and 3-jaws clutch section. Initially I thought that it did not come with a drawing lead inside, for nothing came out when I pressed its yellow push button. Yet when I tried refilling it, I found that a lead was already stuck inside.
Discovered some green corrosion within the barrel when I took the Loctite 9800 apart. Some build up was preventing the lead from sliding out. After cleaning the individual components and shaking off the debris, this drafting pencil worked just fine. It is really as a comfortable and fun sketching tool with its center of gravity close to the tip. Recommended addition to any leadholder collection. Just take care not to drop it or scratch it, for the gold coating is prone to cracking and peelings off judging from the poor condition typical of used models that come up for auctions.
Test Doodle 2-minutes Video.


Julie (O-kami) said...

ah ha - so you beat me out for that lead holder :-D

B2-kun said...

It's possible. Though there were several auctions for similar leadholders going on at the same time. Noticed that another NOS 9800 went for $15.95.

Economy Pens said...

That is a great looking lead holder. I can only hope that lead holders become more popular as they are hard to find in the big box stores. I am no artist, I just like using them to write with.

You should submit this posting to the October Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper.

B2-kun said...

Thanks for the comment. As much as I would like to see the leadholder make a comeback, it would probably be safer to stock up on refill leads and grab any vintage leadholder that strikes your fancy. Consider that in the the heyday of manual drafting (early and mid XX century) there were dozens of different leadholder brands and models in the market while today you can count the brands currently available with the fingers of one hand.