David Rees started an Artisanal Pencil Sharpening service and kept a mostly straight face about it the entire time. The execution was brilliant. Of course I bought one:
He wrote a book on the subject: “How to Sharpen Pencils“
Chapter 11 of “How to Sharpen Pencils” includes an in-depth discussion on mechanical pencils, which is included here in its entirety:
Mechanical pencils are bullshit.
The book is filled with terrific and useful information about pencil sharpening. I recommended his service to all my friends. I can only assume each and every one of them purchased his or her own pencil.
So it was with surprise and what I can only describe as horror that I read the following tweet:
Wanted to wait until the markets closed so as not to cause panic. Rumors are true, my pencil sharpening biz is effectively done
— David Rees (@david_rees) April 9, 2016
I see that he’s changed the price of newly-sharpened pencils from $40 to $500, which could be why he says “effectively done”. The good news is that you could still get one. At least for now.
A professionally-sharpened pencil isn’t just a tool, it’s an investment.