Though far and few in today’s writing supply, the Lead Holder used to be a widely used instrument with hundreds of variants. Each refillable tool was built with a variety of loading and holding mechanisms, sizes, and applications for everyone from the draftsman to the artist. One characteristic they all shared though was their intended use as a day-to-day workhorse unlike many pens, which have an intended aesthetic and decorative look. Today, you won’t find many Lead Holders without a bit of digging, but the folks at JetPens offer up a nice variety, one of which we can’t help but love — the E+M Workman ($14). Offered in a several color finishes, this beech wood short body lead holder uses a porcine 5.5 mm lead (a long way from that Bic 0.5 mm you used in college) that’s stout enough to crush an SAT answer sheet, or unlike its forefathers, just look outstanding on your desk.

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