Laugh all you want, but sharpening pencils is a serious business…just ask Artisanal Pencil Sharpener David Rees. As the number one #2 pencil sharpener in the world, David makes thousands of dollars a year through his pencil sharpening business and even has a book on the topic—appropriately titled ‘How to Sharpen Pencils‘. In this humorous film festival-favorite short from Price Films, David takes us behind the scenes to gain a better perspective of his process that will put your desktop electric pencil sharpener to shame.

“The Finer Points of Pencil Sharpening”

“A lot of people think they know how to sharpen pencils but…they don’t, really.”

Anybody who took a pre-CAD mechanical drawing class in college understands the importance of a well-sharpened pencil and how important strength is in addition to the point. As a matter of fact, most people don’t even consciously realize what their lines look like until they take a mechanical drawing/drafting class. From eraser debris brushes to heavy and large straight-edges, the designer’s workspace has seen a dramatic change in tools as our design world becomes increasingly more digital. Humor aside, hopefully this video will help inspire you to dust off some of those old drafting tools or at least help prevent you from literally feeding your precious Prismacolor colored pencils into the electric pencil sharpener:


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(Images via Price Films)


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.