Monday, August 8th, 2011

Sharpening a pencil

Stephanie

I know there are some of you out there cherishing every bit of wood by sharpening your pencil point on a piece of sandpaper before ever thinking of putting it against a blade. Then there’s me. I tend to be fairly relentless with a pencil sharpener even though I know I’m just hacking pointlessly away at a perfectly good chunk of pencil.

Do you do whatever it takes to hang onto a single pencil? Or do you grind them to smithereens like me? Do you have a favorite sharpener that eats less pencil than mine seem to? Please share!


32 thoughts on “Sharpening a pencil

  1. I only use pencils for writing, not sketching–I imagine sharpener requirements are quite different for artists. For sharp writing points, I use a little brass Kum wedge when on the go, and at home, I use the marvelous Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Alberto mentioned:
    http://www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com/

    I reviewed it briefly on my blog awhile back.
    http://littleflowerpetals.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-for-pencil-people-classroom.html

    No affiliation–I just like the thing). Really the only quibble I have with it is that the gripping mechanism does leave marks on your pencils. But it works wonderfully!

  2. I only use pencils for writing, not sketching–I imagine sharpener requirements are quite different for artists. For sharp writing points, I use a little brass Kum wedge when on the go, and at home, I use the marvelous Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Alberto mentioned:
    http://www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com/

    I reviewed it briefly on my blog awhile back.
    http://littleflowerpetals.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-for-pencil-people-classroom.html

    No affiliation–I just like the thing). Really the only quibble I have with it is that the gripping mechanism does leave marks on your pencils. But it works wonderfully!

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