I actually preferred sharpening pencils with a knife because sharpeners never seemed to do a good job. Up until the weekend I had two pencil sharpeners in my studio; a little metal one that lives in my pencil case, it's fiddly to use and a bit blunt and a plastic box pencil sharper which has a habit of breaking the lead in the pencil. Neither are things of joy!
But, now sharpening pencils has transcended into a happy ritual with the help of this . . .
. . . a classic vintage desk mounted metal pencil sharpener in full working order.
It's been installed on a shelf in the office and sharpening pencils is now a satisfying interlude :-)