World’s Strangest

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How Pencils are Made

Here’s another gem from How It’s Made — an exploration of a German pencil factory, using Californian cedar. I’ve always found it curious how we still refer to pencil “lead” although it’s primarily graphite these days; the video explains that for these pencils, the “lead” is graphite and clay. It’s impressive to see how the [...]

Pencil Sharpening Drill Attachment

It’s isn’t as classy and refined as artisanal pencil sharpening, but it’s nonetheless clever. A company called C.H. Hanson makes a power drill attachment that will sharpen pencils. You can watch a video of it at the link. Link and Product Site via DVICE | Photo: NotCot

Custom Pencil Sharpening Business

You could sharpen your own pencils, but who would want to go to all the effort? Send them to David Rees of Artisanal Pencil Sharpening, and he’ll whittle them to perfection and return them to you with the shavings and a certificate of authenticity: This is how Rees’ artisanal pencil sharpening works: You might send him [...]