A Collector’s Guide to Electric Pencil Sharpeners

point of a pencilUnlike whiskey or DVD box sets, electric pencil sharpener companies typically don’t release collectors edition items. This is most likely due to the fact that pencil sharpeners of all sort – electric or otherwise – are meant to serve a practical purpose, something collector’s items are not known for. So what is one to do when it comes time to finally getting around to building that vintage-themed home office? As with anything, the best electric pencil sharpener has value – both of the economical and sentimental variety – increases dramatically upon being aged. A unit built in the eighties still in mint condition will spark the collector’s fancy more so than any old product made in the 2000s. With that said, let’s take a look at some vintage sharpeners that may still be attainable today with the right amount of searching.

1. Boston Electric Pencil Sharpeners

For the purpose of what it is we’re trying to achieve today, any old Boston pencil sharpener just won’t do. There are a wide variety of these units to be found both online and in stores. Luckily, this brand as been around for what seems like forever, meaning you’ll be able to find some very old, vintage models. Because they were such a popular make back in the day, anyone can get their hands on one through auctions or bidding sites such as Ebay, assuming one keeps an eye and an ear out to such opportunities. For a serious taste of the wild recall history, look for anything labeled “model 18” or lower. Of coarse, the lower you get, the more vintage the unit becomes.

2. Panasonic Electric Pencil Sharpeners

As with the Boston models, when going through Panasonic sharpeners, it’s important to go for the older models. One such model is Panasonic’s earliest carnation of their Auto-Stop series. The first thing you’ll notice about it is that these things are huge. You’ll likely be able to find one the size of a car stereo, if not even bigger. With a bit of looking around, you’ll be able to find Panasonic electric pencil sharpeners made in the seventies with the look and large size of that era’s technology to boot.

3. Vintage ITOKI Sharpeners

These have to be some of the largest pencil sharpeners you’ll ever come across. If you’re looking for something to show off to guests or to take the stage among your vintage item collection, look no further than an old ITOKI. Complete with a variety of buttons at a size of slightly smaller than a basketball, you won’t have to guess whether or not this was one of the first electric pencil sharpeners ever made.

Of coarse, there are tonnes of antique items made by lesser-known brands. If you’re simply after a vintage sharpener and don’t much care about the brand name stamped on the front, don’t feel limited to the above three suggestions. If; however, you’re unsure of where to start or just want to play it safe and buy something you know has accumulated at least some value over time, these are great places to begin your search.


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Kitchen Appliances You Can’t Live Without

The Top Kitchen Appliances

best-kitchen-appliancesLet’s face it, we all need appliances in the kitchen and some are better than others. This website is dedicated to top kitchen appliances that no one should be without. We asked a lot of consumers the question, “What appliances are essential in your kitchen that you could not live without?” Well, here are the results of those questions in a nice and neat listing. Enjoy.

  1. Coffee Maker – This kind of goes without saying for all of you coffee drinkers out there. What’s a kitchen without a coffee maker. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a kitchen without one. The best coffee maker is one that you will use all of the time. The single cup coffee makers are a real trend right now because they are so convenient and easy to use. The Kuerig’s dominate the single coffee cup makers at the moment.
  2. Microwave Oven – Another obvious pick. What would we all do without the ability to quickly heat up leftovers from the night before. It’s hard to imagine a life in the kitchen without the top two in this list.
  3. Toast Oven – As consumers are becoming more educated about health and organic eating many are starting to stray away from the microwave and leaning towards using a toaster oven. There are a lot of benefits to using a toaster oven like crispy instead of soggy food and it’s just healthier to use than microwaves getting into your food from nuking your favorite dish of left overs. Sure toaster ovens take a little more time but once you find the best toaster oven for your kitchen you’ll thank yourself.
  4. Blender – Juicing and making smoothies is a great way to add healthy fruit and vegetables to your diet and what a better way to make that smoothie in a blender. Now it all depends on what type of blender you purchase. If you go with a high-speed blender like a Vitamix you can do practically anything with it. Just throw in some frozen fruit and a little bit of almond milk and 20 seconds later you have a delicous thick smoothie that tastes as good as a milk shake. My favorite smoothie is banana, pineapple, mango, almond milk and blueberries. You can even throw in a little kale to make it a green smoothie and for added health benefits.
  5. Dishwasher – Some would argue that this should be at the top of the list. Who likes washing dishes by hand anymore. My 83 year old grandmother does, but that’s about it.

I hope you enjoyed my top 5 picks of the kitchen appliances you just can’t live without. Check back to see if we updated our kitchen appliances list.