Blackwing One-Step Sharpener
It has finally arrived. I was getting a bit worried that I was running out material for the blog, and things were slowly devolving into a documentation of my gradual mental decline, but thank goodness the universe has seen fit to deliver the new Blackwing one-step sharpeners. These join the Blackwing two-step sharpeners.
Everyone (staff, customers, me) had been asking Jon about these sharpeners, and he had reassured us they were coming in the 840s shipment and then they did not. They did not come for several weeks because someone potentially in fact did not order them and then that someone had to place a separate order just for these sharpeners because someone else kept making passive aggressive comments.
In any case, they’re here! They are lovely. They’re metal, made out of aluminum, and have a nice weight. It features a German steel blade. The lid threads around the sharpener piece so it’s very securely closed, with no danger of popping open in your pencil case or bag. It holds a good amount of shavings as well.
This sharpener, being one step (as opposed to two) is great for an everyday carry or on the go, especially since it’s so secure. Above is a photo comparison of two Blackwing Naturals, the one on the left sharpened with the two-step, and the one on the right with the new one-step. It’s not quite as long a point, but it’s also faster to get there. This is a solid all around sharpener, especially if you’re taking out with you.
These days it seems I have the unusual blessing of using more analogue tools than normal, especially with homeschooling. Caleb is doing his daily journal, homework, drawings, art, cardboard sword construction, etc. with us, so we’re making good use of pencils and pencil crayons and scissors and washi tape and packing material pilfered from the warehouse. It’s sort of nice to know that all the stationery supplies were hoarded for just such a time and not at all painful to see arm lengths of washi tape being affixed to a box fort.