I was reading a magazine recently and discovered that there’s something I’ve been doing wrong for the past 35 or 40 years.
Y’all, apparently I don’t know how to sharpen a pencil. Neither do you.
It would appear that the best way to sharpen your pencils is to engage the services of a professional who offers artisanal pencil sharpening. The price on the website is $35and I don’t know if that is for one pencil or a pack of them, but it appears that the price is for one pencil only. Heaven help you if you need a pack of pencils done, because you’re going to need to sell a kidney or get a second mortgage.
I do know that he will return your pencil, along with a bag of the pencil’s shavings and a certificate of authenticity that the pencil in question was sharpened by a professional artisan. Or something like that. Expect to wait around six weeks for your needle-sharp pencil(s) to be returned to you.
And to think that all these years I’ve been so happy with our electric pencil sharpener, which cranks out several pencils every minute and creates plenty of shavings that leave a mess when someone eventually empties the sharpener into the trash can. And all at no cost.
Is this for real? From reading the website, it would appear so. Or, it’s a very good spoof. I’m not sure. Certainly, the L.A. Times took it seriously.
I’m torn between awe for this guy’s commitment to his art and feeling incredulous that anyone would buy this. I have no doubt that the pencils are beautifully sharpened and that the points last a while, but $35 worth of services? I’m not feeling it.
What do you think? Is this for real or not? I’m not even going to ask if any of you would pay for this, because you’re all a practical lot who’d rather spend your disposable income on things like groceries, healthcare, and housing.