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Charles Bruning 3583

Bruning 3583

Charles Bruning Company, Inc., Teterboro, New Jersey, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
twist lock compression washer clutch
plastic barrel, metal clutch and lead degree indicator
none
1944 to (1950s)
USA
   
special features lead degree indicator
see also US Patent 2,455,019 “Pencil Holder,” 1944
This is the only other drafting leadholder I know of that uses an elastic compression clutch like the Dietzgen Elastichuck.  This one sandwiches the compression washer with two metal grommets, which, I imagine, would lengthen the life of the washer.
Bruning 3584 - single

Bruning 3584 - double

Bruning 3584

Charles Bruning Company Inc., Teterboro, New Jersey, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
twist lock clutch
all aluminum with brass collet
none
(1950s)
USA
 
special features optional double-ended configuration

The barrel says “Pat. Pend.” but if the patent was granted, I think I would have run across it.  My guess is that the patent examiner saw the design as merely a cap for one end of a double ended leadholder rather than as the innovative convertible pencil no one needed that Bruning was hawking.  The loose collet, as shown below, while uncommon, had been done before and so would not have been patentable either.

The nose clamp of this pencil is a bit like that on the Bruning 3583, though it does not use a compression washer clutch.  This is one of my top ten favorite leadholders. Yeah, I know—there are probably a hundred entries in the galleries with claims to belonging in the top ten.  Get in line and sue me™.

 Bruning 3584 Parts
Bruning 3584 parts.
Note the symmetrical ends of the barrel.
Bruning 3584 Parts

Bruning Division No. 83-403

Bruning Division of Addressograph Multigraph Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring lock clutch
all plastic except for collet/lead tube
none
early 1970s
Germany
 
see also Staedtler Noris 777 drafting leadholder
Staedtler Mars 773 drafting leadholder
Executive A “Goddamn we’re BIG!”
Executive B [Looks at Executive A’s crotch] “Huh?”
Executive A “Our company.  It’s so HUGE!  Look, there is all this consolidating going on in the drafting supplies and reproduction businesses.  Tuesday we bought another company.  It’s this rinky-dink drafting supply business, Charles Bruning Co.  [Rolls eyes] Sure, they were one of the “biggies” in their field, but shit, to us they’re a tiny speck of dirt.  We’ve given them to Bob down in room 211 to look after.”
Executive B “Bob?  That guy always beats me at golf.  I hate him!”
Executive A “Me too.  Hate him, I mean.  I can kick his ass up one side and down the other on the golf course, but I still hate him.  I hate his grip.  Man, what a golf-ass he is.
Executive B “We should get him...  But how?”
Executive A “I know.  Let’s rename his new thing.  Let’s call them Bruning Division.  That’ll fix ’em.  Let ’em know they’re just a little bug on the windshield that is the Addressograph Multigraph Conglomeration of Corps. Corp.  We’re FUCKING HUGE, man!
Executive B “Yeah, baby!  We’re E-GODDAMN-NORMOUS!”
Executive C [Bursts into room.] “Hey fellas!  Have you seen the drawings for the new sign?”
Executive A “No, man.  How’s it look?”
Executive C “It’s unbelievable.  Really, really top drawer, you know?  It’s like literally a mile long!  I mean the thing is GIGANTIC!”

This model was manufactured for the lowly “Bruning Division” of the huge-ass Addressograph Multigraph Inc. by Staedtler of Germany.  Staedtler’s own version was the Noris 777.

Bruning 83-410
courtesy Laurie Schmidtke collection

Bruning No. 83-410

(formerly known as no. 3181)

(early style)

Charles Bruning Company, Inc., Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring lock clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none known
(1960s?)
Germany
   
see also Bruning 1957 catalog, p 203 (this model formerly known as 3181)
courtesy Allan Macdonald collection

Bruning No. 83-410

(late style)

Charles Bruning Company, Inc., Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA

lead diameter
mechanism
composition
variations
production date
origin
2 mm
pushbutton spring lock clutch
plastic barrel, metal fittings
none known
(1970s)
Germany
   
see also Magnet 1118 drafting leadholder