Kid-friendly pencil-sharpening knives

I’ve been thinking a lot about what sort of pencilnalia I want for my non-denominational holiday gift receptacle, and I think this may be it: Kujira Whale Knives.

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I saw these on BoingBoing this morning. Toru Yamashita, a Japanese blacksmith, created these tools with a blunt-end to be child-friendly, so they could easily sharpen their pencils.

He created two different kinds — a knife shaped like a sperm whale (top of the photo, below), and a humpback whale (bottom):

Kujira Whale Knives

These are $55 each, made out of hand-forged iron, and “wickedly sharp.” They’re for sale over at the twee but admittedly cool Hand-Eye Supply, who says of these knives, “Alternately, you could easily use this fierce fellow to scare the bejeezus out of your cheezus.”

I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS.

Whale-shaped, hand-forged, kid-friendly pencil-sharpening knives | BoingBoing

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