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The website appears offline. My thanks to blog reader Paul for alerting me.

Leadholder was an online catalogue of thick lead leadholders – but also thin lead mechanical pencils and woodcase pencils devoted to technical drawing. It had a collection of historical catalogs that was a great reference for anyone interested in pencil history. The website was also a technical marvel, having many navigational features that were not commonly available back in 2001.

See also Dave’s Mechanical Pencils, ZossPens, Pencil Pages.

4 comments to

  • Oh no – this is sad news.

  • Edd

    This is a real loss…Andrey, the owner of the Andrey’s Pencils shop on eBay has the whole site backed up in a way that can be used offline. I’ve been trying to persuade him to copy me a version. Maybe we could get it restored!? You can also get most of it through the waybackmachine website archiving doohicky at but it’s slow to load and some bits are missing links etc.

  • Paul

    After poking around on I was able to find pages 20-27 of the 1980 Pentel catalog. it was a matter of looking for the page and looking at the crawl from 2 July 2011. Hopefully this will be useful to someone now or in the future.

  • Frank

    By incredible coincidence, I have a “httracked” copy also, from 16 june 2017…
    The html content works, the database entries logically don’t work.
    Let’s hope somehow David gets his great database back online. If I can help, let me know.

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