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.
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):
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.