One of the latest additions to my assortment of pencil sharpeners is the rather beautiful pencil knife from Masuwa.
The pencil knife is available in different versions. This is the version that comes in a beautiful case in either cherry or walnut wood. I picked cherry wood as the walnut version, even though it is also very beautiful, looked a bit too serious for my current taste.
The set comes with a bit of ‘paper work’ (see image above), some little feet you can put on the bottom of your wooden case and it comes, of course, with the star of the set: the pencil knife (wrapped in paper in the image above and unwrapped in the image below) as well as the sandpaper-like surface at the bottom of the case (visible in the image below) that can be used to shape the graphite point.
I hope you agree that this set is stunningly handsome.
The blade comes with a notch similar to the one you can find on the blade of an electrician’s knife. It is also extremely sharp as you can see in the video I link to in this blog post I actually linked to the video in the Reddit pencil group, but unfortunately the moderators removed it without any explanation..
The end of the handle shows the manufacturer’s mark.
The design of the box means that the knife disappears in a slot at the bottom of the case. There is an equivalent slot in the lid to enable the lid to sit perfectly on top. There is however nothing to securely hold the lid in places. If you want to take this case with you you will need to secure it with a rubber band or maybe with a more elegant solution I didn’t come up with yet.
The end of the case near the ‘sandpaper’ (more about that in my video) is lowered to create a nice angle when you use the ‘sandpaper’ and to hold pencil shavings if necessary.
The box is well made, not only on the inside, but also from the outside – and the lid fits exactly.
Be aware though, the look will change very soon. Any graphite dust will seep into and saturate the porous wooden surface and will be more or less impossible to get out. I tried to clean the wood using different (non-destructive) means and was unsuccessful. You probably best try to convince yourself that this is an example of 用美 Lexikaliker wrote a blog post about Yo no bi. – beauty through use, like for example a nicely aged product made from leather that changes over time and shows signs of use.
You can also get a cheaper version of this knife with a much simpler rest instead of a case.
Thanks to Stephen who made me aware of this pencil knife.
To finish off: a video from the manufacturer:
3 thoughts on “Masuwa’s pencil knife”
Thank you for the mention, and for the excellent photos and video.
It looks like it is quite functional as well as having a pleasing design.
If it develops a nice patina over time, perhaps you can show it again.
Stunning! I want one.
Thank you for showing that beautiful item – it’s an exceptional piece of craftmanship!