|Vintage Wallace Invader water-soluble|
At the time of the first post’s writing, I had surmised that the two lines – Motif and Invader – were intended to be Wallace’s soft and hard pencil lines, respectively.
Just recently I spotted a used set of Wallace “Silver Band” Invaders on eBay, and a small note on the box caught my eye: “Water color effects can be obtained from these colors with the application of a water moistened brush.” It had never occurred to me to water-test the few Invaders I had gotten previously, so I didn’t realize they were water-soluble. You learn something new about colored pencils every day!
The cardboard Invader box is typical of the era: It opens with an easel back so that the set can stand upright.
Barely visible, handwritten prices are indicated at the top of the box lid: 12 cents each or $1 for the set. Would a store have sold singles right out of a set instead of open stock? Apparently this one did.
|I love seeing handwritten prices on old products!|
The “silver band” on the box lid refers to the one on the handsome metal end cap (similar to the end cap on the graphite Invader shown at Brand Name Pencils).
|The top green pencil is part of the review set. Others are random singles I had acquired previously.|
No, I won’t be sketching with these Invaders. The cores are extremely hard – possibly a touch harder than vintage Verithins – and the washed pigment is as pale as I would expect from watercolor pencils of this era. However, the dry pigment is decent, and the cores are so hard that these pencils could easily be written with. They sharpen to beautiful, lethal points.
Bonus: Around the same time that I had acquired this set, a fellow pencil aficionado gave me a Wallace Invader red/blue pencil! Note that its branding resembles the Carmine Motif specimen in the photo comparing the various styles. I am always excited to find a red/blue pencil that corresponds to a more general colored pencil line. I have examples of Eagle and Berol Verithins, Venus Unique and Venus Paradise, and a few other vintage red/blue pencils that match their respective non-bicolor lines. Sadly, red/blue editing pencils seem to be going the way of the 8-track tape and flip phone. Although Caran d’Ache still makes a red/blue bicolor that corresponds to its contemporary Prismalo, I can’t think of any other contemporary red/blue bicolors with full-color-line counterparts.
|A red/blue editing pencil version of the Invader.|
(Does anyone else think “Invader” is a rather aggressive name for a colored pencil? It seems so friendly and happy to me!)