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How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants Hardcover – Apr 10 2012


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612190405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612190402
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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74 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Sharp and to the point April 19 2012
By J. Ryan Pedersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My pencils were always so embarrassingly dull that I had to start using pens. I failed my first year of University because I couldn't properly colour in the bubble on standardized tests. David Rees' amazing new book has literally turned my life around. Now if someone would tell me how to recondition the dried out erasers...
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
This work creates an entirely new paradigm Aug. 31 2012
By D. Hungerford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Immediately after reading this seminal act of devotion and brilliance I knew my life had changed irrevocably. I realized why I have always found the Internet experience somehow hollow and devoid of meaning: you cannot write on the internet with a pencil.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Long overdue book May 1 2012
By Ralph Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As an obsessive accumulator of old mechanical pencil sharpeners, it's my opinion that this is the perfect book. I understand that others do not have quite as much technical interest, but I have to say that everyone I've shown this to loves the book including those not in the least bitten by the bug. It's one of those books where you have to keep shoving it at other people saying here read this, and they actually think it's as funny as you do and can't stop reading. By the way, if you by choice have more than a few pencil sharpeners, you have to buy this book.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Insane and Insanely Funny April 13 2012
By cbartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
David Rees is insane and insanely funny. Who else could write a book about pencil sharpening and leave you wanting more? David Rees can write humor behind his head and with his teeth (see chapter on novelty sharpening). The book reads like a roller coaster starting with a slow, uphill, tongue-in-cheek technical instruction. But once the coaster hits the top, it is a crazy thrill-ride to the end that only Rees' brand of unpredictable humor could pull off. I was laughing out loud. Includes an appendix of wines that taste like pencil shavings! I read from my Kindle and noticed one gap / hanging sentence in chapter 17 - not sure how much was missing.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Triumph! July 21 2012
By Stephen Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gone are the days of haphazardly sharpening pencils with all the finesse of a floundering Philistine. This book has given me the tools I needed to bring my pencil sharpening to the next level. Gasps of awe and astonishment have followed my pencils wherever they go, from the wood carving huts of Pakuhaji to the Schrimpschonger fellowship of Krambugah. I now spend my days travelling the globe ala "Kung Fu" imparting whatever knowledge and wisdom I can to the less fortunate pencil owners of the world.

Thank you Mr. Rees. Thank you for making me the man I needed to be.

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