Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Farewell, Mirado


[An Eagle Mikado and Webster’s Second. Click for a larger pencil.]

Stephen at pencil talk has learned that Newell Brands Office Products has discontinued the Mirado pencil. The Mirado began life in the early twentieth century as the Mikado, manufactured by the Eagle Pencil Company. As Henry Petroski’s The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance notes, Eagle changed the pencil’s name from Mikado to Mirado on December 8, 1941.

I’ve written with many a Mirado, and especially liked Mirado Woodtones, in natural colors with a clear glossy coat. Recent Papermate Mirados were pretty mediocre. I found the Eagle Mikado in the photograph some years ago, probably at a flea market. It was, and is, still unsharpened.

Here’s some background on the Mikado/Mirado.

Related reading
All OCA pencil posts (Pinboard) : Jean Arthur holds what looks like a Mikado : The New Yorker visits the Eagle Pencil Company : “This is the Anatomy of an Eagle”

comments: 2

zzi said...

"Pencil Talk". At first I thought it was a podcast. The blog is good thanks.

Michael Leddy said...

Yes, it’s a good one.