You probably haven’t given a lot of thought to pencil sharpers lately. Who has?
The other day a friend told me a sad story. He likes to write with a pencil. Recently while attending a conference, he found himself with a dull pencil. He approached the front desk of his hotel and asked if he could get his pencil sharpened. There was no sharpener at the front desk, but a helpful employee offered to go to the inside office and fetch one for him to use. Five minutes later, the young man returned and confessed “sheepishly” that there is not a pencil sharpener to be found in the hotel.
I, for one, have an electric pencil sharpener because sometimes you just want to do old-fashioned writing with a #2 pencil. I also have a manual pencil sharpener that lives in a box among all the spools of thread I rarely use.
I am pleased to report, however, that the purveyor of all things (aka Amazon) will sell my friend four manual pencil sharpeners in orange, blue, green and pink, regularly $9.99, on sale for $5.98.
Over 4,000 were bought in the last month.