Wired’s “Pro Tip”: Alvin Brass Bullet Sharpener

In this month’s issue of Wired magazine, there is a brief little article about the Alvin Brass Bullet pencil sharpener ($6.17 from our local art supply store, Creative Coldsnow). This dandy little brass, knurled sharpener features the all-important KUM blade. Simple, classic and 100% effective. Glad to see even the tech geeks see the value…

Ask The Desk: Adjustable Pencil Sharpener

Today’s question comes from Victoria at Paper & Type: Most sharpeners I’ve come across sharpen to a depth/length of about 3/4″ to 1″. I’m looking for one that sharpens closer to just 1/2″. Am I making sense, & might you happen to know of one? I’d appreciate if you could point me in the right…

Early American Pencil Sharpener

This is  an early-20th century pencil sharpener from Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co. of Chicago. This design was patented in 1906. The design is made of steel, tin and cast iron and mounted on a wooden base. It has a removable bottom drawer to trap shavings.This was the best-selling pencil sharpener until 1914 when it was…