Silverpoint Dual Stylus is a 15 cm (5.75 in) long solid metal stylus that holds a different diameter silverpoint on each end. The stylus is a metal tube split at both ends so as to grasp the silverpoint or other metalpoint held tightly by sliding rings, similar to porte-crayons that hold pieces of chalk or crayon. The stylus features a knurled surface (small beads on the metal surface) to aid in gripping. Metalpoints can be easily changed so as to accommodate a wide variety of metals and metalpoint widths.
Note: Points not included.
A porte-crayon is a metal tube split at the ends and held by a sliding ring so as to grasp the writing medium. In F.W. Fairholt’s A Dictionary of Terms in Art (1854), the porte-crayon was described as an ‘implement of brass or steel for holding the chalk or crayon in sketching, to give ease and firmness to the touch, as well as to protect the fingers from the soil of black chalks’.