A bit back I was discussing staplers and someone asked me about my favorite pencil sharpeners. This heavy brass one is my all time favorite. It's not just my favorite sharpener, it's one of my favorite objects in the world. I bought it in college when I worked at an art supply store. I had many different kinds I used in art class, but after I bought this one—it became The One. Of course, in that freaky "only in blog-world" type-way, almost the same words have been typed before about what seems to be an identical sharpener over here at Creature Comforts, which I found while searching for mine to link to. It's really such a substantial wonderful useful object—it makes me so happy.
I just realized I've had this 14 years. I'm so happy I have never lost it. So, I can't find it online anywhere. It's made by Möbius+Ruppert in Germany but it looks so much like the KUM that Creature Comforts writes about. Maybe they are very similar? If anyone can find these, let me know. Maybe there was a name change? I swear this one was more money than the KUM one when I bought it. I want to say it was closer to $20. I could be very wrong about all this.
This is my second runner up pencil sharpener—the brass bullet. It's not nearly as pleasing to use, but is a good back up and handy to have around. I can see some broken off blue colored pencil in there—the kids use this one a lot.
- My favorite all time kids pencil sharpener is the grip trio sharpener over at Stubby Pencil Studio. I love it for many reasons, but mostly because it contains the shavings, to it's great to pack on the go. I also greatly appreciate the inexpensive wood KUM sharpeners that you can get replacement blades for. While looking over here I am reminded how much I love the colored pencil selection at this shop.
- I really would like to get a wall mounted pencil sharpener, and most likely will—nothing beats those, right? I want to get a heavy duty one that will last forever, so let me know if you all are using one you love. I think my grandpa still has one in his garage. I should see if I can unmount it. Maybe that is weird. I will have to discuss this with my brother first, because I bet he wants it.
- I also want an electric one, because they are just good fun and so helpful for when we have to sharpen like, 30 pencils which seems to come up a lot. I feel like I spend a significant amount of time sharpening colored pencils. I am in love with the retro ugliness of this one. I will admit I get a little crazy if I see a dull pencil lying around. It's like vampires stopping to count rice—I just have to sit and sharpen them.
I am limiting this post to pencil sharpeners but I also have strong love for lead holders—which is what I drafted with in college. (Not mechanical pencils which for some reason make me totally insane in a bad way.) This was way back when. Before we all had e-mail. You had to register for classes in person! We thought we were so cool when we could register by phone. Ha! And yes, vampires have to pick up rice if you throw it at them. A good tip to remember if you forgot your stake.