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.
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