Saturday, January 7, 2012
Check out this pencil sharpener I got recently. My aunt came to visit and it was a Christmas present. Here's the backstory: About 5 years ago, my grandparents both passed away. During the visit for the funeral, we stayed at my uncle's (their eldest son) house. He had all all their things laid out in the dining room and people could take things they wanted. I saw a pencil sharpener just like this one and really wanted it. Being an artist, I would surely make good use of it. For one reason or another, I didn't get it. Fast forward some years later, and my aunt gives me a very similar one to my great surprise and delight. She said it was another one that belonged to my grandfather, and this was the one that was attached to his workbench. He used to make a lot of different things, like furniture and wooden boxes etc in his spare time. So I know he used this one a lot and that made it all the more sentimental. I'm really happy I have it. Right now, I don't have anything to attach it to, but I find that if I hold it a certain way between my knees and carefully turn the handle firmly but slowly, I can make it work. Still a great sharpener, and by the looks of it, it's old. I've tried finding out exactly when these were manufactured, but no luck. But I'd say it's probably at least 60 years.