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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