As I mentioned in my recent mechanical pencil review, I just got a new app to make GIFs out of videos. My partner, a big fan of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, suggested I make a GIF out of this scene from the pilot episode, where Mary tries to keep busy by sharpening her pencils. And then when they’re all sharpened, as in this video, she continues by breaking the point and sharpening them again.
Though I’m not typically a fan of electric sharpeners, I’m in love with this one she’s using. With all that chrome, it looks like a Kitchenaid Mixer or something. I’m not sure of this, but according to some Google image searching, it looks like this is a Morrisharp sharpener, from as early as the late 1940s (Citation. Scroll down a bit to find it.)
(When I image searched “electric pencil sharpener 1960s,” It took me a while to land on the Morrisharp, but — holy cow! — look at these beauties!)
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. Continue reading
Every once in a while, a comedian comes along who isn’t quite completely joking. John Hodgman is one of them — his trilogy of COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE ephemera has real facts mixed in with complete bullshit. But interesting bullshit.
I’m delighted to say that this book is in the same vein. Continue reading
It is, at least, according to David Rees of Artisenal Pencil Sharpening fame (and author of the upcoming book called “How to Sharpen Pencils“). In honor of this special day, he is answering any pencil-related questions on Twitter. Just tweet @letsgetshort, use the hashtag #askpencil, and learn away!
Also: Sheesh, my review of the aforementioned book is coming soon!