Cool Yikes! accessories on eBay

Photo from eBay auction page

Man. Man oh man. There is a beautiful Yikes! branded pencil sharpener on eBay right now. Though there are only 3 days left, there are no bids! The last thing I should be doing is bidding on it, as I don’t need a $10-quality pencil sharpener for $20 (or way more). But it would look great next to my collection of Yikes! pencils, wouldn’t it?

Photo from auction page

As I mentioned in my post about Yikes! pencils, the sharpeners seem to be pretty darn rare to find. The seller also has an auction for a couple wacky Yikes! branded erasers, still in their blister packaging. I actually don’t remember these from my youth, so I am loving the language from the back of the package that the seller posted:

Spend more time erasing than writing?  Here’s just what you need—a true triple-whammy of primo mistake-munchers in color combinations from your worst nightmares.

Tow away your worst word wrecks with WRECK-TANGULAR erasers.  Go ape for the shape of TRIANGULAR erasers.  Get your hand on something that’s totally TWISTED.

Now all three are together in YIKES! Mondo-Combo Eraserama.  But use with caution—with color clashes this loud, you could put an ear out.

I wonder how long these items have been sitting in the back of someone’s supply closet?

UPDATE: Ooh! It looks like there is another, alternately colored sharpener, too! This one looks like it must’ve been the option for girls, as there is more pink and purple involved.

The Scrapl: one of my favorite things


Pepsi: Summer Mix. Perfect for my Scrapl

Back when I used to blog for PencilThings, the proprietor sent me a Scrapl (warning: website from 1998!), what was essentially a pencil sharpener built into a soda bottle cap. It was elegant in its simplicity, and I knew I had to have the right bottle to attach it to.

That summer, along came Pepsi: Summer Mix. Destined to go the way of Coke II and Crystal Pepsi, this version tasted exactly like someone dropped several Skittles into the soda and let them dissolve. It was gross. But it made for a timeless container for my little pencil sharpener.

I just drank (or poured out) the rest of the soda, washed the bottle, dried it, and screwed on the lid. And it can hold several years’ worth of pencil shavings.

It seems to be marketed toward teachers, which is brilliant. Sure enough, my mother, a teacher, asked where she could get a bunch for bulk prices. According to their website, you can get one on eBay. If you have no luck there, contact the proprietors at PencilThings. They might be able to help you track one down. The website just seems to be random gifs and links in (shudder) comic sans.

Meanwhile, scroll down for some additional photos.

Review: the Dahle 50 Fifty Rotary Pencil Sharpener

This is my first attempt at a video review! Apologized for the slightly crooked shot framing.

The Dahle 50 Fifty makes very little waste, so a newly sharpened pencil is almost as long as an unsharpened one.

The website I referred to was here, what seems to be a gallery of Dahle sharpeners, including some really cool midcentury modern cast iron models.

Summing up the video, here are some strengths:

  • Tray fits into the base well
  • Easily removeable blade for replacement
  • Grinder chews up very little wood, to prolong the life of your pencil (see image to the right)
  • Produces a short point, for easier control during writing
  • Unlike a lot of rotary sharpeners, the exposed wood on the point is very smooth. No splinters or rough edges
  • The adjustable barrel holder can hold oversized pencils, and guides them into the grinder, keeping the pencil straight

Some weaknesses:

  • It’s rather awkward to extend the guide, open the hole, and insert the pencil with just two hands
  • The shavings tray is loose, and rattles
  • The whole unit is plastic and feels cheap
  • Mounts to the wall or a table with a Command Strip, which might be knocked loose during sharpening a particularly hearty pencil

Overall, I give this pencil sharpener 4 stars out of 5 — I will enjoy using it because of the great point it creates, with a minimum of waste.

As I said in the video, leave a comment if you find somewhere that sells this model!