Osaka-based Nakajima Jukyudo is one of the only companies in Japan focused on making only pencil sharpeners. They use high quality blades and their sharpeners are renowned for being easy to use. But their latest product, called Tsunago (or, let’s connect) solves the age-old problem of having leftover pencil stumps.
The pencil sharpener has 3 different holes: one is a regular sharpener but the other two create a hole and a protrusion (often written as dekoboko, or 凸凹, in Japanese) that creates a perfect interlocking joint. A little wood glue seals the bond completely and you have a brand new pencil. The company is still working out distribution, but plans to begin selling the sharpener shortly (pun intended) for 1,620 yen.
Read more and see a video of the sharpener in action here!
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