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HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS
vimeo.com ^ | Feb 19, 2013 | Pricefilms

Posted on 11/29/2013 2:33:59 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper

A practical and theoretical treatise on the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening. The number one #2 pencil sharpener in the world, David Rees takes viewers through the delicate process of sharpening a pencil by hand.

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TOPICS: Education; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: education; pencils
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1 posted on 11/29/2013 2:33:59 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A number 2 pencil, number 2, always number 2. Has anyone ever seen a #1 or #3 pencil? Do they even exist?


2 posted on 11/29/2013 2:42:50 AM PST by calex59
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To: calex59

I don’t know.
I hope that isn’t on the test.


3 posted on 11/29/2013 2:46:48 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Kant believe I watched the whole video.


4 posted on 11/29/2013 2:47:18 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

Its been over an hour since someone posted something...


5 posted on 11/29/2013 2:51:47 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: Vendome

I did too. I kept waiting for a punch line. This guy claims to have a pencil sharpening business and ships pencils all over the world. Who would pay money to have somebody sharpen their pencil and then wait for it to be shipped back?


6 posted on 11/29/2013 2:53:43 AM PST by mkmensinger
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To: Berlin_Freeper

7 posted on 11/29/2013 2:54:37 AM PST by abb
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To: mkmensinger

I think the idea for the short was from a story about a fellow who would charge people to make art out of pencils and charged $35 per copy:
http://www.myfoxny.com/story/23471204/new-york-man-tires-of-sharpening-pencils-for-35-a-pop


8 posted on 11/29/2013 3:00:44 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Ash. So it was a post of necessity to alleviate boredom.

LOL


9 posted on 11/29/2013 3:01:36 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What a jerk


10 posted on 11/29/2013 3:04:43 AM PST by b9 (II Timothy 1:7)
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To: Vendome

A sharp mind makes a sharp pencil!


11 posted on 11/29/2013 3:05:12 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Wow. The guy actually sharpens pencils for a living, and he hasn’t lost his sense of humor. His web site is a real kick, too:

http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/

“I guarantee an authentic interaction with your pencil.”

“Traditionally people mail in their pencils to be sharpened; however David now offers a new service: He will provide the pencil”


12 posted on 11/29/2013 3:06:40 AM PST by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: Rocky

Thanks for the link. :)


13 posted on 11/29/2013 3:09:25 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: calex59

I remember using #3 and #4 pencils in mechanical drawing classes in high school. They were progressively harder. I also see an occasional #2.5 pencil, just a little harder then we are used to!


14 posted on 11/29/2013 3:14:34 AM PST by Dustoff45 (A good woman brings out the best in a good man! A better woman might be just what this nation needs)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Thread Hijack!
15 posted on 11/29/2013 3:18:06 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: calex59

Yes, but I haven’t seen one since I was in 8th grade taking drafting classes.


16 posted on 11/29/2013 3:23:36 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Is it my imagination or are today's pencils garbage? The graphite core is not centered in the middle of the pencil so the sharpeners leave them with an off-center tip that breaks easily. And the erasers! Smearers would be a better name and after a few months, they get hard as a rock. Recently found a box of pencils in an old desk. They were from the 60s. Work great. Sharpen up to a keen center point and the erasers really work.
17 posted on 11/29/2013 3:24:21 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Woodnt you know it.


18 posted on 11/29/2013 3:35:16 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: calex59
A number 2 pencil, number 2, always number 2. Has anyone ever seen a #1 or #3 pencil? Do they even exist?

I used a fat #1 pencil in kindergarten.

19 posted on 11/29/2013 3:38:35 AM PST by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: Vendome

I can’t get it back,
5 minute point and I am done.
“at some point you have to sharpen the “G.D. thing” He says,,,
I want the Joker to jump out and drive it deep into His eye.


20 posted on 11/29/2013 3:43:06 AM PST by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1

-— Has anyone ever seen a #1 or #3 pencil? Do they even exist? -—

I used to use them in drafting to create light and dark lines. I guess I’m dating myself.


21 posted on 11/29/2013 3:50:25 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: calex59
Has anyone ever seen a #1 or #3 pencil? Do they even exist?

Yes, they do. I use #3 pencils all the time, have since elementary school. They need sharpening less often and break less often than #2s. There are also #2.5 pencils. Usually one can't find these in stores, but you can order them online from Office Depot or other office-supply stores.

#1 pencils have a very soft, dark lead, and are used mainly for artwork.

22 posted on 11/29/2013 3:55:58 AM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper; All

They can a little difficult to write with, but they are interesting. /s

23 posted on 11/29/2013 4:02:55 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Dustoff45

Somewhere I have a drafting pencil that used a fat lead that was sharpened by using something like sandpaper.

Think the lead I used back in 1966 was probably a #1.

Still have a drafting set that belonged to my father-in-law. Most of my drafting tools were stolen along with a lot of my tools when my shop was broken into.


24 posted on 11/29/2013 4:09:14 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: calex59

yes, they do exist.


25 posted on 11/29/2013 4:20:05 AM PST by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1
I used a fat #1 pencil in kindergarten.

Ahh, I didn't know those were #1 pencils, I used them also in my first grade year. Apparently there are #3 and also #2.5 pencils. I have always seen #2 pencils and every test you take or form you fill out you are instructed to use a #2 pencil. I have honestly never seen a #3 or #2.5.

26 posted on 11/29/2013 4:23:32 AM PST by calex59
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

You’re asexual?


27 posted on 11/29/2013 4:33:10 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Texas Fossil

You have a kneaded eraser too?


28 posted on 11/29/2013 4:34:15 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Rocky

I suspect this business venture started out a a bet while having a few adult beverages.

“Hey I bet I can make money sharping pencils”” No way way dude, have another”


29 posted on 11/29/2013 4:40:32 AM PST by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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To: calex59

I used to sneak in #1 pencils to take tests. I was so out of control.


30 posted on 11/29/2013 4:43:17 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: calex59
"A number 2 pencil, number 2, always number 2. Has anyone ever seen a #1 or #3 pencil? Do they even exist?"

The most common pencil is the one most people are familiar with, the HB #2. But for art, pencils run in hardness - softness from 9H to 9B. The hardest (H) pencils produce the most lightest marks and don't require sharpening so often. The softest, the B's, produce the darkest marks and often require sharpening. The softest and darkest is the #9B. For darker marks you use charcoal pencils.

So pencil tones run from 9B - 9H. Most preliminary drawings by artists are usually done with a 2B - 4B. But a 2HB (the school pencil) is also fine to work with.

31 posted on 11/29/2013 4:49:07 AM PST by StormEye
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To: Vendome

No, I had another type at the time, it is probably hard with age by now. If I still have it.

But I know what you are talking about. They did an excellent job.

Seems arcane now, but a slide rule (have several) and drafting tools did the work of putting a man on the moon.


32 posted on 11/29/2013 5:03:43 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: calex59

Dick Blick can help you out here! http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-drawing-pencils/


33 posted on 11/29/2013 5:14:29 AM PST by rotstan
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To: calex59
A number 2 pencil, number 2, always number 2. Has anyone ever seen a #1 or #3 pencil? Do they even exist?

I assume you've never taken a drafting course? Have you ever heard of google? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil#Grading_and_classification

34 posted on 11/29/2013 5:19:56 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

OT- (well slightly) Girls; tell me how to sharpen lip liner and eyebrow pencils. Nothing I’ve tried works well for me.


35 posted on 11/29/2013 5:22:22 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: calex59
Do they even exist?

Yes!

36 posted on 11/29/2013 6:02:57 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Its been over an hour since someone posted something...

Okay, I'll fill in some of the white area.

A life without God is like an unsharpened pencil, it has no point.

37 posted on 11/29/2013 6:13:15 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: calex59

Yes, they do. #1 is a very soft lead; #3 is very hard lead. Dixon Ticonderoga® Pencils Co makes a number of grades.


38 posted on 11/29/2013 6:19:59 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

have you ever heard of having fun on FR? Lighten up, dumb a**.


39 posted on 11/29/2013 6:39:17 AM PST by calex59
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To: StormEye

I just bought a five pack of pencils for $25 (HB/2B/4B/6B/8B).


40 posted on 11/29/2013 6:43:55 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: calex59
Sorry, something of a well-intended, mild taunt. I took drafting in the 70's when we used plastic templates and lead pencils. The first thing you learn is that draftsmen don't even have #2 or #1 pencils, they use the international HB scale. They were draftsmen. I remember working at Avco, an entire bullpen with about 50 draftsmen, not one single woman among them. I don't recall ever seeing a woman draftsperson.
41 posted on 11/29/2013 6:51:21 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A potato peeler is a great pencil sharpener


42 posted on 11/29/2013 6:59:22 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: calex59
***Has anyone ever seen a #1 or #3 pencil? Do they even exist?*** Yes, they do. Any art store or office supply has them. Now, trying to get my flat carpenter's pencil is a sharpener is quite a problem.☺
43 posted on 11/29/2013 7:06:43 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: calex59

they do exist. The number has to do with the softness of the lead


44 posted on 11/29/2013 7:45:56 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: calex59
Yes, they do exist....along with kneaded eraders. ;)


45 posted on 11/29/2013 7:50:09 AM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: patriot08

I don’t have a problem with mine, but I’ve heard that you can put them in the freezer if they’re too soft. I have a few sharpeners in case a particular one won’t work. Also, clean the blades with Q-tips.


46 posted on 11/29/2013 7:50:59 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: ArtDodger

You’re probably speaking of pencils made in China. They are terrible .....and an elementary school teacher’s worst nightmare.

IMO, the only ones worth anything are the Ticonderoga pencils....cost more but they have wood sheaths that don’t shatter when they are sharpened.


47 posted on 11/29/2013 7:53:45 AM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: muir_redwoods
So you say....


48 posted on 11/29/2013 7:55:12 AM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: calex59
Has anyone ever seen a #1 or #3 pencil? Do they even exist?

Maybe so but I always thought this was a way for school teachers to make their students nervous. For example, right before the exam gets handed out, they will say "...and ensure you use a #2 pencil..."

Immediately, every pupil the room would start fidgeting around and anxiously checking their pencils to make sure they are "#2".

The joke being, of course, that just about every pencil is a number 2 pencil. The teachers just want to add an additional level of anxiety to the proceedings.

49 posted on 11/29/2013 7:59:47 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: StormEye

50 posted on 11/29/2013 8:00:43 AM PST by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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