Everything Old Is New Again

I have a confession to make. I'm someone who still likes to write with pencils. 

I've always wanted one of those old-fashioned manual pencil sharpeners like we had in elementary school.

Admittedly, that was a long time ago, but I've never grown out of the habit of using pencils.

I've tried automatic pencils, but I press down too hard and am always breaking the lead.

I had a power sharpener, but it died last year. Those little plastic sharpeners just don't do a good job.

I thought maybe those old school pencil sharpeners weren't made any longer, but I thought I'd look on Amazon because they seem to carry everything in the world.

To my surprise, I found several brands of manual pencil sharpeners. The one shown averaged 4.6 of 5 stars with 25,922 ratings. Wow. Wish I had that many ratings on my books. Surely that many can't be wrong about the X-ACTO Ranger Wall Mount Manual Pencil Sharpener. This sharpener was on sale for $15.48.


Add some Yellow Ticonderoga #2 pencils—that brings back memories—and I have a walk down memory lane that costs only $6.29 (for 30 pencils).

Get this, they have 65,557 ratings averaging 4.8 of 5 stars. I was a little disappointed that they're pre-sharpened, but that's okay.

I'm going to ask Darling Hubby to mount the sharpener on his work bench in the garage.


If you don't write with pencils, you probably don't understand the allure of a freshly sharpened pencil point, the smell of the wood shavings when you sharpen it, and the pleasure of the pencil gliding smoothly across white paper. Maybe it's a Zen thing. Yes, I believe it is. 

Joan Reeves participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a way for websites to earn advertising fees by linking to products on Amazon.


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