Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Razor Sharp


Razor pencil

My artist friend Angie Snyder-Lande uses a razor to sharpen her pencils and for some reason this always amazes me. A razor seems like a good idea, even though the potential exists to hack a pencil to bits until one learns the right amount of pressure to apply to each cut. I’m guessing that once you get the hang of it, a lot less of the pencil would be wasted to sharpening. (Where to dispose of the shavings… maybe a small Altoids tin?)

Do you prefer to sharpen with a knife or razor? Please share your process.

I own at least a dozen pencil sharpeners but can never find one when I need one. I’m wondering if a small pocketknife might be easier to keep track of.

Razor pencil

5 thoughts on “Razor Sharp

  1. One thing you can use is an emery board or small strips of sand paper attached to a little board. Woodworkers often just use a sander in the shop to sharpen their pencils.

    For my birthday, a friend of mine gave me a Faber Castell Perfect Pencil that includes a cap that doubles as a sharpener.

  2. I shave with a dual edge razor. That’s a knife. Takes practice and not too much pressure and you want to slice, not carve. Back when I was building theatre scenery, 70-90s, my toolbelt always had a knife in it as well as several flat and hex pencils.

  3. When I was in school I’d use a Xacto to do the same thing. The pencil lasts longer since you’re not sharpening away the graphite. It also allows you to create broader tips by sanding the tip at an angle (sorta like a stub, but with a really large, elliptical foot).

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