A century ago, pencil sharpeners held a much more important role in daily life than they do now, since the pencil was then the predominant writing implement.
This one, based on a model (click View in the priceline) we discovered at an antique tool auction, presents a particularly elegant method for bringing a pencil to a point. It has a concave support notch that neatly holds any standard wooden pencil, and a hinged lever arm with an integral blade that lets you shave the pencil end at an angle. You simply rotate the pencil after each cut until the tip is tapered to your liking. Shavings simply collect in the tray.
The sharpener is cast steel with a black gloss powder-coated finish. The three feet have high-friction pads to grip a desk or other surface, helping avoid shifting in use. A brass thumbscrew holds the sharpened spring-steel blade; when the blade becomes worn, you just slide it to either side to expose a fresh edge. Blades can be resharpened.
A fascinating and timeless design, which not only does a quick and superb job of sharpening pencils, but also serves as a unique glimpse into history.
Made in Canada.