r/oddlysatisfying Aug 05 '22 Wearing is Caring 1 Bravo Grande! 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Endless Coolness 1 LOVE! 1 Silver 11 Super Heart Eyes 1 Helpful 6 Wholesome 16

Pencil sharpener from the 1890s

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u/iamreeterskeeter Aug 05 '22

Colored pencil lovers are now demanding to know where to purchase it.

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u/Rainbow_Crash42 Aug 05 '22

And it didn't just end up breaking the point inside. 10/10

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u/wheresbill Aug 05 '22

What lead you to believe that might happen?

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u/gregorysimpson Aug 05 '22

Very sharp comment, straight and to the point.

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u/Rainbow_Crash42 Aug 05 '22

Eh, I'd give it a number 2.

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u/vaderdarthvader You are not alone Aug 05 '22

Ticonderoga

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u/coehl Aug 05 '22

Son of a Bic

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u/tacobitch91 Aug 05 '22

Don't put your Dixon it

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u/saab4u2 Aug 05 '22

You wood.

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u/enneh_07 Aug 05 '22

Its description was quite graphic.

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u/oblongemperor Aug 05 '22

Careful. You could puncture the hull of an empire-class Fire Nation battleship, leaving thousands to drown at sea, because it's so sharp.

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u/Prestigious_Big3927 Aug 05 '22

Duely noted, it wasn’t drawn out, and left well composed mark.

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u/sonny_goliath Aug 05 '22

Or only shearing one side and leaving you with half leaf half wood at the tip

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u/MsChrissikins Aug 05 '22 Silver

That seemed a lot more efficient than the pencil destroying crank models I remember from school.

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u/ConstantlySlippery Aug 05 '22

They work great until they get dull after kids start jamming pens and letter openers and random objects in them for years.

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u/MathematicianBig4392 Aug 05 '22

This is so true. I'm a teacher and I recently got a new one and holy shit, it works so well and so quick. Kids come to class from other classes just to use it. I also see kids shove pens in there all time. I should crack down on that more.

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u/dont_dox_me_again Aug 05 '22

Why are kids the way that they are?

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u/Incandescent_Lass Aug 05 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome Heartwarming

They’re new players in a video game they’ve never played before, and they’re just trying all the options to see what does what.

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u/President_Skoad Aug 05 '22

I miss being a new player.

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u/Back_to_the_Futurama Aug 05 '22

The older I get the more I feel like the guy who plays red dead just for the fishing.

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u/Rowvan Aug 05 '22

Can confirm, 39 year old and often load it up to do a little fishing, ride around the plains and maybe have a game of dominoes or two

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u/TrainingSword Aug 05 '22

Liars dice was the fucking best

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u/[deleted] Aug 05 '22

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u/Back_to_the_Futurama Aug 05 '22

Honestly, please do. I never urge people into things like a video game if it's not their cup of tea, but I will gladly urge you and literally anyone else into at least giving it a go. There is something to be loved from that game for people from all walks of life.

I grew up with games, and Iove them dearly, and I will absolutely encourage you to pick this one up. If you can't find a single thing about it that you love, DM me and on my father's grave I'll send you the money you spent on it. I'll pop into my completed game sometimes just to ride my horse around and hunt some stuff every now and again. It is, in my opinion, the very best and most nuanced game ever created.

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u/ThisSiteSuxNow Aug 05 '22

(46) you absolutely should... It's an incredible single player experience.

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u/Pink-socks Aug 05 '22

I've never played it but that sounds great

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u/Incandescent_Lass Aug 05 '22

Do it, it’s one the best games for anyone to play even if you don’t usually play this style of game. It’s worth it for the story and visuals and amount of stuff to do, and it’s just a good polished game on top of that.

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u/princevanawesome Aug 05 '22

Omg, I’m currently attempting 💯 on red dead but keep door knobbing myself with fishing breaks.

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u/Back_to_the_Futurama Aug 05 '22

Good luck and godspeed with the absolute monumental and bonkers task you've set yourself to. I have a fair amount of free time as a single man with no kids, but jeeeeeezuz, I don't have that much.

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u/yammys Aug 05 '22

I always wondered why fishing subgames within games seem to attract more people than full featured fishing games.

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u/REDDITATO_ Aug 05 '22

Maybe because it stops being relaxing when they add enough features to turn it into a full game. Fishing mini-games can cut out the hard/boring parts of fishing.

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u/JustGingy95 Aug 05 '22

At the same time I wish these servers allowed Smurf accounts, I’d love to go back with what I know now and redo some of the earlier levels with a more optimized build and not whatever the fuck I did to my current one all those seasons ago

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u/monkwren Aug 05 '22

And they know there are exploits, because they hear more experienced players talking about them, but they don't know what the exploits are or how they work, so they just try random shit in hopes that it works.

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u/GroeneMichel Aug 05 '22

You guys have exploits?

Dafuq im doing here then all this time?

Someone pls link me the cheats in life pls?

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u/Pantzzzzless Aug 05 '22

This is why I was always looking under trucks before a ferry ride.

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u/Fatherbrain1 Aug 05 '22

This has to be the best description of kids' minds I've ever heard! Did you come up with it?

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u/wetrorave Aug 05 '22

Mentally-healthy children are curious. And curiosity is just trying shit out. Some is painful, some is stimulating, some is ??? but Dad isn't happy with it so better not do that again, etc.

It's equivalent to empirical science, but instead of rigorously peer-reviewed papers as output, you get memories and direct learning.

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u/Elevatorjumper Aug 05 '22

Empathy for children +20

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u/princevanawesome Aug 05 '22

So well put, I hope you don’t mind if I use this.

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u/ThePharmercy Aug 05 '22

This is so cute

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u/Content_Eye5134 Aug 05 '22

They love destruction, I think back to my younger days. I’d fuck shit up just to see what happens. Curiosity? Stupidity? Ignorance? Idk but destruction is fun as a child!

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u/themegaweirdthrow Aug 05 '22

They're still developing and think they're top of the food chain, and this teacher has already stated they don't crack down on them breaking their shit already.

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u/MaximumEffort32 Aug 05 '22

I don’t understand the physics behind that sharpener. How does a flat piece of steel hone the tip?

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u/thecactusblender Aug 05 '22

I think there are fine ridges on the metal perpendicular to the pencil oriented at an angle to shave the wood

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u/nowItinwhistle Aug 05 '22

Otherwise known as a file

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u/TheOneTrueRodd Aug 05 '22

Is it IN the computer?

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u/WRB852 Aug 05 '22

go to jail

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u/taha037 Aug 05 '22

I am kids

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u/crazytacoman4 Aug 05 '22

Gotta make them crayons sharper

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u/OgOnetee Aug 05 '22

I tried to sharpen a q-tip when i was 7ish.

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u/ilovemygb Aug 05 '22

literally never thought I would have reason to share this..I tried to sharpen my pinky with a handheld one when I was a kid. sharpened my fingernail most of the way off….good times

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u/ArcticIceFox Aug 05 '22

People always ask why my finger is so pointy...

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u/DMC1001 Aug 05 '22

I used to have a huge 64-crayon box. It had a crayon sharpener build into the box.

https://images.app.goo.gl/RScQjDrgRzbgK2f6A

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u/crazytacoman4 Aug 05 '22

I remember the rich kids in class having these

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u/DMC1001 Aug 05 '22

Was definitely a birthday or Christmas gift.

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u/VicH95 Aug 05 '22

Yep, I wasn't rich. This was just my August birthday present for when school starts in September.

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u/ghanjaholik Aug 05 '22

my luscious weed plants won't color themselves

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u/Spider_Farts Aug 05 '22

Pooh bear demands yellow and piglet wants to know if you are really into this or not.

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u/[deleted] Aug 05 '22

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u/Strange-Deal7293 Aug 05 '22

I Literally lost the end of my pinky doing that very good work. The nail side to boot.

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u/Mr_Dr_Prof_Derp Aug 05 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

My rabbi used them for circumcisions.

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u/SomewhatCritical Aug 05 '22

My rabbi used his teeth.

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u/Cheekclapped Aug 05 '22

I know you joke but rabbis actually do use their teeth. It's fucking disgusting.

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/safe-bris.page

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u/monkey_bean Aug 05 '22

Whhhaaaatttttttt the hell.

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u/sos123p9 Aug 05 '22

Cause alot of people to get herpes too

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u/MamaDaddy Aug 05 '22

Right? That should be nine kinds of illegal, but it's a religious practice. Some traditions should fade away, and that is two of them right there.

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u/KentConnor Aug 05 '22 edited Aug 05 '22

Infant cosmetic circumcision should be illegal on its own.

Pretty sure sucking baby dick is already illegal, but everybody kisses religion's ass and allows it to continue

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u/clover_and_frost Aug 05 '22

Thank you for talking about this! Not enough people know about how horrific it is.

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u/Dumptruck_Johnson Aug 05 '22

Ok that’s fucked up. At least the catholic priests kept the gnawing limited and mostly caused massive emotional scars. Mostly

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u/TonUpTriumph Aug 05 '22

There once was a woman from Leith,

Who gave circumcisions with her teeth.

It wasn't the skin

She was interested in,

But the cheese that lied beneath.

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u/PrinceAkeemJoffer Aug 05 '22

But why exactly would you do this?

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u/maverick1745 Aug 05 '22

Obviously for the cheese

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u/MrPhidippus Aug 05 '22

This may be the grossest limerick I've ever read. Cheers, you disgusting monster.

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u/eijtn Aug 05 '22

Hmmm. Doesn’t scan correctly to be a proper limerick. The second line needs to be anapestic with three metrical feet. Maybe something like ‘Who circumcised boys with her teeth’ would work better.

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u/lyvanna Aug 05 '22

Also the last line needs to switch beneath for underneath

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u/BrockStinky Aug 05 '22

Congratulations, you have successfully caused a traumatic incident for a lot of people

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u/KantataTaqwa Aug 05 '22

Please, I just wanna sleep

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u/tarktan Aug 05 '22

Please burn your reddit account to the ground

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u/CrossP Aug 05 '22

My pencil sharpener used rabbi teeth.

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u/NalaJax Aug 05 '22

I can hear the loose gears grinding now

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u/steavoh Aug 05 '22

crunch crunch crunch

I recall they were screws actually, three of them.

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u/dandroid126 Aug 05 '22

Also, tapping your pencil on the corner of your desk, breaking the graphite in a million places.

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u/DarthDoobz Aug 05 '22

I find it bullshit that my pencils were always dull during tests. My cranker was loud and useless and everyone was staring at you for making noise

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u/remotetoy Aug 05 '22

Just no. They were looking at you in hopeful expectation of what you might do next. Standing there so exposed, making so much noise, standing right next to the door. Would you just bolt and be free? Free of the test. Like A veil of tissue thrown at the little flecks of poo on the toilet bowl. But you... you could escape and fly a zepplin over New York. They watched. Wondering what you would do next.

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u/TotesGnarGnar Aug 05 '22

We used to sharpen paintbrushes and turn them into sneaky pencil war tanks by taking the bristles out and coloring a little graphite on the tip.

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u/trickman01 Aug 05 '22

I remember when a teacher brought in an electric sharpener for the fist time. We were like cavemen discovering fire.

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u/Wonderful_Mud_420 Aug 05 '22 edited Aug 05 '22

It was on her desk and she let everyone take a lookie look before shushing us back to our seats. For a week kids raised their hand for a turn at the modern marvel while the teacher looked up at us with a half smile.

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u/tekko001 Aug 05 '22

Worked flawlessly for 2 weeks and then became a frustration machine, or at least this was the case with the chep chinese knock-off our teacher bought

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u/heinous_anus- Aug 05 '22

Most of the teachers ended up getting nice Panasonic sharpeners when I was in school. They were awesome.

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u/thematrix1234 Aug 05 '22

This unlocked a lot of memories lol. I remember just loitering in the back of the classroom taking my sweet time with the sharpener (which didn’t work properly anyway) because I didn’t want to go back to my seat

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u/DSOTMAnimals Aug 05 '22

We had a teacher that had one of those fandangled new electric pencil sharpeners. Us 3rd graders had never seen such a thing. But, this teacher didn’t just let anyone use it. In fact, only she was allowed. I mean, we all stared at that thing all day wishing we could use it. She would take our pencils and sharpen them and bring them back.

Well, she went on vacation and we all had dull pencils all day. I remember breaking the tip off and asking to sharpen. Substitute teacher had no idea. That was an awesome day.

Teacher comes back the next day and knew every single student who used the sharpener. Only one kid, the teachers pet, was able to contain themselves. Dude got a calculator with highlighters on all 4 corners. Fucking lucky guy. Still upset at my lack of self control.

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u/ravensviewca Aug 05 '22

Let me guess, all the other kids had pencils 2" long.

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u/qning Aug 05 '22

How did she know who used it? The sub told her? Camera?

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u/DSOTMAnimals Aug 05 '22

I can only assume it was the sub or the student. I always assumed she told the sub to let us use it and take names but I’m not quite sure. It certainly wasn’t cameras as this was the early 90’s

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u/TheZardooHasselfrau Aug 05 '22

I remember that calculator. My buddy had one and I threw it like a ninja star

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u/taintedcake Aug 05 '22

Dude got a calculator with highlighters on all 4 corners. Fucking lucky guy. Still upset at my lack of self control.

If more people had restrained from using it, nobody would've gotten anything. The only reason that person got something is because they were the singular person that didn't use it.

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u/HalogenSunflower Aug 05 '22

Mrs. Wonka and the Pencil Sharpener

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u/Beznia Aug 05 '22

Fuuuuuuuck yep. It's like someone opened a treasure chest of memories in my head. That awesome feeling when shapening a pencil and it gets into a good grind and you just know that pencil is going to be sharp as fuck. Or other times you know it fucked up and when you pull the pencil out, you're going to have a nice sharpened piece of wood with the actual pencil lead somewhere on the side of the tip. Then you have to sit down and pull out scissors from your box of supplies to get it just right to have a nub of graphite to write with, or start digging at it with your fingernails.

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u/MightySamMcClain Aug 05 '22

And they always only sharpen one side so you have to break the piece of wood off the back

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u/raspyreceptor55 Aug 05 '22

In place of those current sharpeners, I need one of these.

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u/HappySkullsplitter Aug 05 '22

lol I remember how terrible ours was, I would start with a brand new pencil and it would be almost all the way down to the eraser before it was sharp enough to use

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u/Fondren_Richmond Aug 05 '22

The little hand held ones seemed to make those obsolete, and my crazy ass immigrant engineer dad used to do it with steak knives and just have stalagmite looking leads.

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u/CeramicCastle49 Aug 05 '22

I used those to sharpen colored pencils last year and it worked great, just had to be gentle with the crank and the pencil.

It also helped that: 1.) It seemed like a new-ish crank sharpener and: 2.) Doesn't get a lot of use because of people using electric sharpeners, mechanical pencils, pens, etc and: 3.) It was in a classroom which I believe the youngest kids were 16 so no younger folk who don't know how to use it (although any older highschool ages pupil could very well fuck up a crank sharpener).

Thanks for coming to my ted talk.

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u/Happy_Harry Aug 05 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome

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u/chelseophile Aug 05 '22

That was amazing. Thanks for sharing.

I like the all the buildup leading (pun not intended) upto him starting to sharpen the pencil and then once he actually does it, the camera pans out instead of zooming into the sharpened lead.

Satire at its finest.

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u/MorphiDragunny Aug 05 '22

This is honestly a masterpiece and I will be sharing it with everyone I know now. Thank you. Reminds me of Tom Sachs' humor in '10 Bullets'.

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u/Mystyrion Aug 05 '22

“And to them I say ‘fuck off and die’” lmao

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u/sukezanebaro Aug 05 '22

"This, friends is a pencil which was sharpened by hand enjoing the same tradition of excellence that our forefathers and foremothers enjoyed."

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u/77173 Aug 05 '22

That is a blast from the past. I read his book about this too.

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u/eaglebtc Aug 05 '22

I loved this film and went to buy a used copy of the book after reading the NYTimes review of it. Satirizing technical manuals is insanely hard to do. This sounds like an absolute delight for ADHD and people on the autism spectrum.

The other thing that comes to mind is the "turbo encabulator" videos.

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u/77173 Aug 05 '22

Funny thing is, it is arguably not even a satire, it is actually very informative.

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u/southave Aug 05 '22

David Rees also had a TV show that was about looking into all the details of menial things, e.g. opening a door. I loved it and was super bummed it got canceled.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_Deep_with_David_Rees

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u/Matren2 Aug 05 '22

Immediately what I thought of

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u/Dcln-e Aug 05 '22

This video says start on the flat side, but his other videos say start on the ridge. Now I'm confused, how am I supposed to use pencils now?!

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u/TenMoon Aug 05 '22

I have never wanted a pencil sharpener so badly.

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u/wolfpack_charlie Aug 05 '22

Something that's exactly like this is still used for art pencils. Basically a stack of sandpaper strips. I'm not 100% sure what to look up, maybe charcoal pencil sharpener?

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u/xrumrunnrx Aug 05 '22 edited Aug 05 '22

It's basically a way cooler mechanized version of how we sharpened pencils in drafting class.

If you want the DIY high school drafting version attach some sand paper to flat piece of wood. Works very well, but you have to rotate the pencil yourself of course.

Anyway I want have a burning desire for the OP version as well.

edit: I see I repeated information in another comment. I apologize and will wear this shame publicly as a reminder.

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u/NalaJax Aug 05 '22

I’m trying to find it on Amazon 2 day shipping

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u/Tiny_Rodent_Man Aug 05 '22

Honestly works better than any electric sharpener I've ever used.

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u/Azuras_Star8 Aug 05 '22

Every electric sharpener I've ever had broke within 5 years.

Only manual here.

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u/evergleam498 Aug 05 '22

Oh dang, we had one from what looked like the early 80s at my house, it worked at least until I moved out in 2006.

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u/hitemlow Aug 05 '22

If it has 3 prongs, any semblance of electrical isolation or grounding, it's probably not gonna last. The ancient ones that leave a tingle in your hands, those unsafe things will work right up until OSHA makes you bin it.

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u/Altruistic-Ad9639 Aug 05 '22

Or til it burns the house down

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u/Sinthetick Aug 05 '22

It will still work after the house burns down.

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u/PhantomPhelix Aug 05 '22

...am I just so used to capitalistic consumerism? 5 years seemed like a decent lifespan to me until I stopped to consider that things were built to last much longer in the past.

 

But then I wondered if that is also a result of things just evolving and advancing much quicker. You can't own new upgraded models of things if the old ones are built to last forever. Why own a boring ol' manual sharpener when you can own an electric one that auto-stops before breaking the tip and collecting the shavings? Sure, the old one does the job, but the new one is so much cooler! Technically you can get from point A to B by walking. But biking is faster. Taking car makes it even more convenient. Taking a newer model car make it convenient and comfortable. So on and so forth.

 

Still pondering if this is a legitimate cause for planned obsolescence, or maybe I've just been brainwashed by social media to accept it, lol.

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u/Azuras_Star8 Aug 05 '22

That's the problem for me. 5 years seems like a good amount of time, until you factor in that the manual is 1/2 the price, or less, and will last far longer than that.

I actually only buy the manual handheld pencil sharpeners, because I don't want to waste lead, and I don't want my pencils to be pinpoint sharp. (I was taught that by my artist cousin who says to only use handheld sharpeners for colored pencils.)

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u/mancheeart Aug 05 '22

Plus an important part of sharp tips not coming out is actually how you treat the pencils. If you drop them you can shatter the lead or colored pencil inside. This in turn causes it to fall out pretty quickly when sharpened down to the break points.

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u/Azuras_Star8 Aug 05 '22

Oh shit, that's why some of my kids colored pencil leads were all smashed up inside the pencil, but the pencil itself looked fine!

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u/GraphicDesignMonkey Aug 05 '22

Yep. This is why you treat your good pencils like they're made of porcelain. No pencil boxes or tins! My best ones are kept upright in tins/cans with felt glued to the inside and bottom for padding

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u/meeanne Aug 05 '22

Not to mention banging the pencils against the desk like drumsticks.

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u/PhantomPhelix Aug 05 '22

Yea, that's fair and understandable.

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u/nyahlathotep Aug 05 '22

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u/Azuras_Star8 Aug 05 '22

Oh man, the beginning of the video, when he shows us how to do the beginning sharpening cuts with the knife, that's what my granddad taught me. Nice, slow, even cuts. When you get good at it, you can whittle it really fast in no time.

The grandparents were from the great depression, so any extra expense (like a sharpener, instead of a knife) was greatly avoided. He ended up getting one of the electric pencil sharpeners because it was so amazing and technologically advanced. Broke within 5 years. He was so pissed.

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u/BringBackManaPots Aug 05 '22

Have you tried the old-school beige Bostitch ones? My mom still has hers and it's going on like 40 years ha

The one on the right: https://socialnapper.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Vintage-Pencil-Sharpeners-v5.jpg

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u/Edgelands Aug 05 '22

There's actually an amazing panasonic one I found from the 70's or 80's that kicks ass. I found it at a thrift store for a couple bucks and then later I saw that it goes for hundreds of dollars on ebay because it's a known good one. I guess that's how rare a good pencil sharpener is

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u/BishopCorrigan Aug 05 '22

The Panasonic KP-4A and 2A were staples at my art school even just a few years ago, auto stop and they are smooth enough to sharpen colored pencils without breaking them.

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u/Edgelands Aug 05 '22

Yup, i had to guard mine with a knife at my art school, I caught motherfuckers glancing at it

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u/zuzg Aug 05 '22

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u/amaROenuZ Aug 05 '22

This one won't go dull and need a new blade though.

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u/JorusC Aug 05 '22

No, just a screwdriver and a new sheet of sandpaper every few sharpenings.

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u/argenfarg Aug 05 '22

Looks like a file to me.

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u/RubySlyRose Aug 05 '22

I need one of these instead fuck modern sharpeners

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u/HataToryah Aug 05 '22

Honestly, just a razor blade is the best I've ever used

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u/Frequent_Ad_5862 Aug 05 '22

It helps but I kept getting graphite in my coke so I had to stop

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u/wapey Aug 05 '22

People just need to get higher quality sharpeners. A few weeks ago I found one lying in a drawer at my work and let me tell ya, that thing cuts through a pencil like BUTTER. I had no idea how nice a pencil sharpener could be until I tried this one, and I think it's only like $10 or something when I looked it up.

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u/Triangle_t Aug 05 '22

A box cutter knife is better - it is more convenient to handle and doesn’t bend. And then I sharpen it a bit with a piece of sandpaper glued to a board. A bit time consuming but do all my pencils at once. They’re perfect after such sharpening.

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u/texasrigger Aug 05 '22

Ebay has 'em for $450-$500.

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u/Angusburgerman Aug 05 '22

Damn so few pencil shavings. You get probably double the use in that pencil now

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u/MyNameCannotBeSpoken Aug 05 '22

Good point. (pun intended)

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u/1mikeg Aug 05 '22

There's so few shaving because they've already whittled it down to a cone. This tool just sands it to a point.

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u/loverofloquats Aug 05 '22

Is there a sub for old-timey stuff like this?

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u/HuckleBears Aug 05 '22

Like vintage machines or something! I would sub so hard!

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u/wildweeds Aug 05 '22

if you find one I want to join too

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u/fakeuserbot9000 Aug 05 '22

Whoa! And hardly any pencil used! Who knew Big Pencil was behind all the grinders I used growing up.

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u/Melv1337 Aug 05 '22

Big Pencil hahahaha

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u/ProfessorK-OS Aug 05 '22

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u/WasabiForDinner Aug 05 '22

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u/MotaHead Aug 05 '22

If people aren't supposed to stick their dicks in pencil sharpeners, then why do they make the openings exactly the same size as my dick?

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u/Ein_Fachidiot Aug 05 '22

It's ya boi, skinny penis

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u/marji4x Aug 05 '22

If your dick fits in that tiny pencil hole, you got a lot to deal with already

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u/Doodled Aug 05 '22

I read it as 1980s and gasped, "I am not that old!"

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u/Jeanyus1818 Aug 05 '22

The gloves make me uncomfortable

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u/futureformerteacher Aug 05 '22

Those appear to be nitrile gloves. They're thick and heavy duty. They also can be used for radioactive materials without gamma radiation.

And I have no idea why you'd wear them in this case. It might be possible that the finish has lead in I, but that doesn't make much sense. Or it might be that they're worried about the gloves tearing with vigorous movement.

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u/Fast_Garlic_5639 Aug 05 '22

This would be amazing for charcoal pencils, which are very prone to snapping in the sharpener

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u/KibethTheWalker Aug 05 '22

Was just thinking that - I am desperate for this sharpener!

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u/Lucky_Squirrel Aug 05 '22

Elegantly executed, and less waste too.

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u/Ctowncreek Aug 05 '22

This clip was set up. Its not sharpening a pencil that was recently broken. I suspect they sharpened a new pencil until you barely couldnt see the lead, and then cleaned the sharpener off. Then they did this clip.

They already removed a bunch of wood, and didnt have to grind away the wood you might be expecting had the graphite broken out during use. Watch the video and you will see the lead is already at the end of the pencil instead of recessed in.

As a note about this technique of sharpening, this is sanding but with a jig. It is sanding against the grain and will leave a rough surface. The pencil slid out of the jig as he sharpened and would cause the pencil to become rounded since the angle would be changing. And, because the angle was steeper, the writing point would be blunter. That is not as good for writing and would require more frequent sharpening to keep crisp letters.

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u/round-earth-theory Aug 05 '22

No one cares about the wood. The wood is there to hold the graphite and you'd get the same result with a fresh pencil, just take a bit longer to grind off the extra wood. As to the roughness, that could be touched up with a finer finishing sharpener or a fine file.

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u/fortress_prints Aug 11 '22

Why was this post removed? What was it originally?

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u/Shoopdawoop993 Aug 05 '22

Youd think theyd use a knife

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u/Azuras_Star8 Aug 05 '22

They did. My grandparents told me that the school had sharpeners, the kid had pocketknives. Worked out well, since EVERYONE had pocketknives back in those days.

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u/WasabiForDinner Aug 05 '22

'Pen knives' as they were known, probably dating back to people shaping feathers and sticks into writing implements. Elegant ostrich feathers, perhaps.

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u/Fed_up_with_Reddit Aug 05 '22

I’m a teacher and I really want one.

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u/Chemical_Mousse2658 Aug 05 '22

I wanted one then saw they sell for $600.

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u/Helenium_autumnale Aug 05 '22

Interesting. This is literally something you could make in a home workshop, whereas the crank-style sharpeners have spiral blades which may have been too difficult or expensive to machine for just a pencil sharpener at the time. I'd love to know the history of this item and why it was made.

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u/Twitbookspacetube Aug 06 '22

Removed due to copyright claim by Adam Shipley

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u/therandomways2002 Aug 05 '22

That works about three times as well as any modern pencil sharpener I ever used in school. Hell, the fact that it didn't mangle the pencil into something that could only do dada arithmetic means it worked at least twice as well.

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u/Zentiental Aug 05 '22

This shit actually looks the best

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u/Starchaser_WoF Aug 05 '22

WHY THE FUCK DON'T WE STILL HAVE THESE!?

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u/couldntpick Aug 05 '22

The spirit of the 1890s is alive in portland!

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