This is a useful pencil for annotating books for
researchers. The twist-to-advance mechanism works
fine (occasionally makes a little "twang" noise,
but it's very solidly held in place), but it means
it can only hold a single lead at once. The leads
for the Autopoint pencils are very short, and
you'll need to purchase replacements in relatively
short order--especially because the red lead can
be quite brittle.
Autopoint was founded in Chicago in 1918, and relocated to Wisconsin in 1979. The company produces American-made twist action mechanical pencils, as well as stylus pens for touch screens.