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flo's avatar

Is there a new way of sharpening a pencil or is it the way it's always been?

Asked by flo (11145points) January 8th, 2018

If there is a new way, when did it start? Are there instructions on the sharpener and or pencil packages on what to do or not to do?

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flo's avatar

I’m referring to the absolute basic sharpener.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I use my eyebrow pencil sharpener, sold in all make up depts. Same thing. I think most people went to auto pencils years ago.

canidmajor's avatar

I have sharpened pencils on rocks, with knives, with those little boxes with blades (rather like @KNOWITALL eyebrow pencil I would imagine), with the hand-crank, and with electric. That’s enough for me, all bases covered.

flo's avatar

I mean the absolute basic sharpeners the crank/wall mounted and the hand held kind:
http://www.allwhitebackground.com/sharpener.html scroll down a bit.

canidmajor's avatar

Absolute basic is a rock or a knife.

flo's avatar

But they’re not pencil sharpeners, they just happen to be used to sharpen a lot of things including pencils.

janbb's avatar

It’s the way it’s always been but there are newer electric sharpeners that are faster but the same principle.

“Plus ca change, plus ca reste le meme.”

canidmajor's avatar

i’m sure one could come up with all sorts of stupidly complex methods to perform such a simple task, perhaps employing laser technology, but it would probably not be cost effective.

canidmajor's avatar

Or perhaps you were thinking about this Goldberg innovation?
Complete with instructions.

zenvelo's avatar

@flo One can still get an “old style” manual wall mounted pencil sharpener. I got one when my kids were little 20 years ago. There hasn’t been any change in how they are used since they became common in the 1940s.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@flo If after reading that link of yours, you are able to understand what it says, I wish you would explain it to the rest of us. The jumbled English renders those paragraphs unintelligible. This sort of thing is increasingly common with products arriving from China accompanied by instructions and descriptions written in mazes of tongue twisting and confusing English. This one begins right off the bat with the statement that pencil sharpeners are stationery, then proceeds to chop up and defile the Queen’s English to such an alarming extent that it is difficult to retrieve any meaningful information.

Lightlyseared's avatar

I believe the site is what is now commonly referred to as ‘fake news’. It’s a joke.

Hopefully you haven’t paid $500 to have your pencils sharpened.

flo's avatar

Thanks all. But what I meant was _Is all you have to turn the either the sharpener or the pencil? using the ones in my link.

flo's avatar

…Sorry, to correct my post above, Is all you have to turn the either the sharpener or the pencil using the 2 kinds of sharpeners in my link?

@stanleybmanly I didn’t read the instructions. I just posted the link for the images of the kind of sharpeners I was referring to, in case some people want to refer to sharpening with a blade etc.

So, is all you have to do turn and turn until the desired sharpness, or is there more to it than that? I understand that this sounds like a ridiculous question.

janbb's avatar

The ones in the picture that have handles, you turn the handle not the pencil. The ones that don’t have handles, you turn the pencil.

flo's avatar

I suppose everyone here has stopped using pencils that need sharpening.

janbb's avatar

Nope – I use them for drawing before painting a watercolor.

canidmajor's avatar

I use pencils that need sharpening for crosswords and the general writing of stuff. Every day.

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flo's avatar

Do you make a point of not sharpening it the maximum?

canidmajor's avatar

Cute pun, @flo! :-)

flo's avatar

It didn’t even occur to me.
So, do you make a point of not?

canidmajor's avatar

I just sharpen til I’m done, I just don’t pay that much attention.

flo's avatar

How often have you been doing it,
Do you always use the same brand of pencil?

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canidmajor's avatar

When it needs it.
I have no idea. If there is a cute picture on it I buy the pencil.

And now you’re just pulling my leg, aren’t you

flo's avatar

No, no. What happens if you keep turning and turning? Is all that happens the pencil gets to be very sharp until gets to the end, or something else that’s noteworthy?

flo's avatar

…. I’m not asking if you’ve ever tried it.

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