The Perfect Gift For Any Art Director

In New York’s Hudson River Valley, craftsman and author David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening.

According to his web site, the artisanal service is perfect for artists, writers, and standardized test takers. Shipped with their shavings and a “certificate of sharpening,” these extra-sharp pencils make wonderful gifts.

Sure, it sounds like a Portlandia skit, but it’s not. Rees actually sharpens pencils for $20 per order.

“America has an amazing, storied history in the pencil,” Rees says. His brand of choice? American-made General’s Semi-Hex.

“They’re so ubiquitous we almost never think about them anymore. But I always make this point: If you consider the pencil as an engineered device–an engineered communication tool–in terms of efficiency, simplicity, and elegance, it like, smokes the iPad.”

Via: Inc.

About David Burn

Native Nebraskan seeking the perfect pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. Disc golfer. Fan of Kurt Vonnegut, community radio and wolves in the wild. Copywriter and brand strategist at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp.