"The steel pen trade 1930 – 1980
Towards the end of the 19th century the book entitled “The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens”, with a description of the manufacturing processes by which they were produced, was written and published by the late Mr. Henry Bore. This book was given to me by my Father when I entered the steel pen trade in 1930 and I have found, like many others, that it is an excellent recording of the subject from the year 1822 when steel pens were first made on hand presses, up to the date of publication approximately 60 years later.
As I have said Mr. Bore completed his book towards the close of the 19th century and 100 years have now passed since the book was published.
I can divide my experience into two parts, the first part was from 1930 to the outbreak of war with Germany after which there followed a gap of seven years, 31/2 years of which I spent as a Territorial Officer in Japanese Prisoner of War Camps. The second phase of my industrial experience stretches from my
de-mobilization to the present day.
During the first period I ran my Father’s business of T. Hessin & Company which although still registered as a Private Company no longer manufacturers pens. After the war I founded the Highely Pen Company in the village of Highly and in 1949 merged this business with the old established business of D. Leonardt & Company and thus D. Leonardt & Co. (Highley Pens) Ltd., came into being."