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Favourite Pieces II

A sharpening station for TK pencils

Sharpening station detail view - Detailed view of the interchangeable angle tips of the Dahle sharpener.

Sharpening station detail view

Detailed view of the interchangeable angle tips of the Dahle sharpener.
Photo: Thomas Schürmann, Nikon D800E, Sigma Art 50mm/1:1,4 DG, 23.09.2021

A beautiful sharpening station for TK pencils in vintage look was created in my workshop as a gift for a friend. TK pencils are an environmentally friendly alternative to wooden pencils. Unfortunately, good sharpeners have become rare.

We consume more resources than can grow back. More resources than we are entitled to, especially in the West. I think even small things contribute to the conservation of resources. For me, these are used articles on the one hand, and consumables that reduce overall consumption. In my opinion, clutch pencils such as the TK pencil from Faber-Castell can make a small contribution to this.

For a very good friend, I took this as an opportunity to make a nice desk set with an old Dahle sharpener and some second-hand TK pencils and a scrap of wood from my rummage box. But first a few words about the TK pencil and the history of the pencil, which is actually a graphite clay pencil.

TK clutch pencils - From bottom to top. My oldest piece, still with raised lettering. Then the TK 9500 with a valuable metal sleeve below the push-button, printed in white, and a longer TK 9400. Above, the latest models with coloured push-button, actually intended for coloured refills in the new Faber-Castell green. And yes, occasionally I chewed on one end ;-)

TK clutch pencils

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Henri Bergson

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