Posts Tagged 'pencil'

More Than Anyone Needs To Know About Old Pencil Sharpeners

From MadeInChicagoMuseum.com –

For many of us, the sight of an old desk-mounted, mechanical pencil sharpener brings back some high-sensory childhood memories—the thrilling turn of the crank, the low roar of rotating metal, the confusingly alluring scent of fresh cedar shavings. Maybe you were a kid in the 1930s, or, more likely, you attended a cash-strapped public school that was still using the same classroom supplies 50 years later. Either way, the odds are good that you encountered one of these durable devices made by the Automatic Pencil Sharpener Company, aka APSCO—a brand so prominent, it was like the No. 2 Pencil of pencil sharpeners.

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Inside One of The US’s Last Pencil Factories

According to the NY Times –

A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or whispers, blocks of concrete or blades of grass, all depending on changes of pressure so subtle that we would hardly notice them in any other context.

Even as other factories have chased higher profit margins overseas, General Pencil has stayed put, cranking out thousands upon thousands of writing instruments in the middle of Jersey City.

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More Than You Want To Know About Pencils [infographic]

pencil_sThe complete(?) history of the lowly lead pencil is contained in this infographic.

How To Sharpen A Pencil – Like A Boss

More than anyone needs to know about sharpening pencils.

Step Four: Monitoring the Shavings’ Egress

Etsy published this article on April 1, 2012.

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Forever Pencil Writes With Metal

Wired reports –

a tiny amount of metal alloy transfers from the pen to the page. Unlike pencil, it can’t be smudged with your hand, and unlike ink, it doesn’t need to dry. The amount of alloy for each stroke is so tiny that the pens are expected to last a lifetime without needing to be refilled or replaced. You can sharpen the tips for a finer point with a little sandpaper.

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