Yard O Led is located in Birmingham. It was founded in 1934 by Ludwig Brenner and Frank Tuffnel (who had previously worked for S. Mordan & Co.). Brenner had developed a self propelling pencil holding twelve three-inch leads, the iconic "Yard O Led". In the 1950's, YOL acquired and merged with Edward Baker, obtaining the Mordan patents as part of the acquisition. Over time, Yard O Led's portfolio has expanded from pencils to pens, with every one of their writing instruments being assembled and decorated by hand.