If you follow my YouTube channel you might have spotted this video about Wörther’s lead holder ‘Shorty’.
I was lucky enough to get two of these over the years. One from fellow stationery blogger Scribble and one from Pen Heaven.
I think they must be the first lead holders I have added to my overview of mechanical pencils.
The plastic version is light and very affordable.
While the aluminium version is still not expensive and rather elegant.
In the video you’ll see that the origin of the Shorty is rather fascinating.
Like fellow German company Lamy and like other companies world-wide including Hero, Wörther’s beginnings have a strong link to the Parker Pen Company. It’s a shame that Parker, like other old established companies seems to have suffered the consequences of past sub-optimal decisions and is not the strong player in this field it once was.
Have a look at the video to find out more.