I'd like to introduce you to another extremely satisfying artifact from pencil history - the "Little Shaver." So named because its single blade shaves your pencil to perfection, this little cast iron sharpener was patented in 1904 by E. L. McDivitt.
Since arriving to our office last month (on loan again from our good friend Steven!), the Little Shaver has been in heavy rotation amongst our crew! The sharpener gives you the look and feel of a knife-sharpened blade, but with more ease and control. To sharpen, you simply slide the blade down the tip of the pencil, shaving off little curls of wood with each swipe. As you sharpen, you rotate the pencil so you shave off each side evenly. It's surprisingly satisfying and addicting.
The point the sharpener creates is an incredibly long (almost TOO long sometimes) tip. I prefer to stop before the very end of the tip gets too pointy. I like that you can simply expose a length of graphite core and leave the tip sort of square - for me this helps with preventing breakage.