Sharpening Pencils

I prefer single-edged razor blades for sharpening my pencils because I can expose more lead than with a sharpener. To sharpen with a blade, place the blade between your right thumb and forefinger as shown. Place the pencil in your left hand, and with your left thumb, push the blade forward into the wood of the pencil. Take short, shallow strokes at first. As you push the razor forward with your left thumb, the right hand turns the blade upward and away from the lead. Keep rotating the pencil, and repeat till you have the desired amount of lead exposed. Then take your sandpaper block and sharpen the lead to the shape you desire.

This procedure may feel strange at first, but after several pencils, you, too, will prefer this method over any other. After using the razor, store it safely. You don't want any loose blades rattling around in your pencil box. If you do not feel comfortable using a blade, acquire a small, portable pencil sharpener. For safety reasons, avoid double-edged blades. If you wish to use a knife, make sure it has a retractable blade.

Sandpaper Block

This is a piece of wood approximately seven inches long with a pad of sandpaper sheets stapled to one end of the piece of wood. Its main function is to sharpen your pencils and charcoal sticks after you have exposed your lead with the razor or knife. If you find yourself in the woods or fields and suddenly realize that you forgot this handy piece of equipment, look for a flat rock —it will save your day.

Sharpening Pencil With Razor Blade

Sharpening

Following the procedure illustrated above, try sharpening a few pencils. You will be able to expose more lead than with a pencil sharpener.

Sharpening

Following the procedure illustrated above, try sharpening a few pencils. You will be able to expose more lead than with a pencil sharpener.

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Sandpaper Block One word of caution while using the sandpaper block: Do not press down too hard while making a point, as you can snap the lead very easily. Applying a minimum of pressure while rotating the pencil works nicely.

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    How to make a sandpaper block for pencils?
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