It was never Wearever's goal to build the best pencil ever made.  Wearever just wanted to make more of them than anyone else.  During World War II, military contracts to make pens and pencils catapulted the manufacturer to that objective. 

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 w Early Wearevers really weren't all that bad, as this selection shows. 

Wearevers with early ball clips.

These also are reasonably good quality pieces, being rear drive pencils, some with intricate center bands. 


 Later ball clip Wearevers

The first three have center "bands" that are actually just painted grooves -- probably produced during World War 2.  The others are distinguished by the white and black top pieces.  I'm not sure if there was any significance to the red one second from right.


 Arrow clip Wearevers

Later, the company switched from a ball clip to an arrow shaped one.  Some of the plastics were really kind of nice.

An article in Pen World a while back featured a collector who referred to the gold flecked ones, like the one third from right, as "fairy dust" Wearevers.  Silly as the name sounds, it stuck, and it's as good as anything else I could think of.

 w A few later Wearever styles.  The ones in the middle were "Wearever Deluxe" pencils, which by no coincidence resemble Parkers.  And the one on the right resembles a Sheaffer utility pencil, also probably not by accident.  Wearever had a knack for copying what others were doing, not as well but a whole lot more.
 w Wearever also produced a series of translucent pencils in different patterns.  The quality on these is really bad, and these pencils are rarely found intact and working.

 Wearever "square 4" pencils.

These were designed to compete with Eversharp's popular "Square 4" line of pencils (which used 4-inch square leads).

There were red, green and black "brick patterns," in both horizontal and diagonal patterns.  The Indian style plastic was accented with white, green or red stripes. 

And that last one on the right?  Whoa...


 Later Wearevers

The company's motto could have been "We beat down your expectations until we can exceed them."



The Pioneer name was used from early on. 


 Later Pioneers

As the company developed, the offerings matched Wearever models more closely.



Another early Wearever subbrand.  Note the similarity between the upper one and the Mercer.


 Later Onwards

As with Pioneer, later offerings were identical to those bearing the Wearever name.

Except for that blue one, which is much, much worse.



Another brand name used by the company, Marine examples are among the best Wearever offered.


 Du Van

A very exotic sounding name, on a very poor quality product. 



Doesn't look any more streamlined than any other Wearever.  The name may be a reference to the manufacturing method used, which involved wrapping plastic around the drive tube rather than drilling out stock.  Note the seam on the lower part of the pencil. 



Judging from the early jade flattop, this was another very early trade name used by the company.  The grey and red example is among the best Wearever had to offer.  Note the nice center band and the slightly unusual shape.



Identical to the Wearever transparent models, for better or worse.  Note that they all share the later version of the clip.

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