Monday, April 2nd, 2012

How to Sharpen a Pencil

Stephanie

Did you know that there was a strict set of standards and practices surrounding the art of pencil sharpening? Me neither! After reading this comprehensive guide, I feel almost helpless- knowing that I’ve been doing it wrong all along. I mean how could I have ever moved so quickly through the process – not giving the necessary attention to such a critical stage such as Step Five: Checking In With Your Pencil

“After some time you should notice the pencil point beginning to take shape and feel the sharpener engaging the newly exposed graphite, which will offer less resistance than the wood. (See Table 5.1.) This typically happens after thirteen to fifteen rotations. Now is the time to pay especially close attention to your pencil’s progress. You may be tempted to remove the pencil and test its point after one or two further rotations. Resist the temptation a bit longer — approximately two more rotations, if not one additional rotation, or even a further, final rotation.”

I am so ashamed. I should just give all my pencils away for I am not worthy.

Be sure to check out David Rees new book: How To Sharpen Pencils
A PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL TREATISE ON THE ARTISANAL CRAFT OF PENCIL SHARPENING, FOR WRITERS, ARTISTS, CONTRACTORS, FLANGE TURNERS, ANGLESMITHS, AND CIVIL SERVANTS, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS SHOWING CURRENT PRACTICE

PS: Happy Day After April Fools!


4 thoughts on “How to Sharpen a Pencil

  1. Pens and pencil freak that I am, and I mean no disrespect, but I can’t help but think this is a strong candidate for first prize in “First world problems”.

  2. Pens and pencil freak that I am, and I mean no disrespect, but I can’t help but think this is a strong candidate for first prize in “First world problems”.

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