Brand: Blaisdell Pencil Co.
Made in: USA
Two variations of the very rare and highly sought after Blaisdell Lay-Out pencil. Ok, so I have been looking for this pencil for a long time now and finally realized when I got it that I already had an earlier version without the words Lay-Out (top pencil).
Founded in 1893, Blaisdell Pencil Co. was based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and had a short stint in England, too. Founder Frederick Blaisdell was granted a U.S. patent in 1895 for the shelf-sharpening paper-pencil. Until about 1946, Blaisdell was the sole manufacturer of a pencil with a string sharpening feature. The company became a subsidiary of Eagle Pencil Company around the 1930s, and eventually merged with Berol.