Nothing epitomizes diversion cloaked in necessity more than the humble act of sharpening a pencil.
From its elementary school roots as a reason to get up from your chair and trade whispers with classmates on the other side of the room, to the quiet seconds stolen between business calls with a chair spun away from the computer screen, the simple sharpening of a pencil has always been if not a need, then a release. A release from the repetitive, the mundane and the compulsory. Whether it is your silent moment of escape or a manufactured social outing, enjoy your diversions with these worthy sharpeners:
Precision German engineering with style to match. The Masterpiece lives up to its name with a magnesium body and innovative brake feature to allow you to sharpen as much or as little of the graphite lead as you need. Paired with a leather carrying case, this sharpener is sure to please. Buy Here
Designed by DUX in the early 50's this classic pencil sharper has an adjustable blade to accommodate 3 different sharpening styles. Whether you are looking for a long narrow point or short and wide point, this mainstay from DUX has you covered. Comes with a nifty leather case too! Buy Here
This ingenious design acknowledges the fact that graphite and cedar need unique sharpening approaches to ensure a fine point. Blackwing's Long Point Sharpener is two sharpeners in one. The first hole shaves and sharpens the wood portion of the pencil while the second hole tackles the graphite - shaping it to a fine point. Buy Here
Blurring the line between pencil sharpener and sculpture, the El Casco sharpener is a work of art. Polished to a mirrored finish this sharpener is sure to turn heads. When it is not bringing your pencils to a perfect point, the El Casco doubles as a capable paperweight. Buy Here
Peerless in style and performance the Caran d'Ache Pencil Sharpening Machine could not be more aptly named. Designed with a single purpose in mind - the perfect point - the Sharpening Machine is loaded with features to ensure consistent and flawless sharpening. Buy Here