Who knew that such a small object could bring this much satisfaction?
Perhaps when one has suffered for a long, long time with an inferior tool, the appreciation of the improved tool is that much greater. And believe me, I’ve had some real pencil sharpener duds. Admittedly, the first sharpener I used when started drawing again was one that I’d found at the bottom of a junk drawer, probably a remnant of the last time I used a number 2 pencil back in school. So maybe it’s not fair to count that one.
But my next pencil sharpener was a perfectly reputable General’s All Art handheld, and it should have done the trick. But each time I would try to sharpen, my pencil would either break or sharpen in a totally lopsided way, so that I could really only use one side of the pencil. I’d try to repair the damage with my sandpaper block, but it never worked quite right, and I found that I was subconsciously avoiding sharpening my pencil altogether! I’d put it off until the last possible moment and then, when I was at the absolute end of my rope and had no choice but to sharpen it, there I was again stuck with a some new, misshapen pencil monster, and I’d have to adjust my technique to compensate for the pencil problems. The angst!
Now I’m in pencil sharpener heaven! Its grip makes it easy to grasp, the pencil rotates smoothly, and it delivers a beautifully long, sleek point every time. I don’t have to learn how to draw all over again each time I sharpen my pencil, and I really feel like my work is going to be better for it!