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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I must admit I first bought this as a joke gift for christmas; I skimmed a few pages of the hard copy version and decided I had to read it all on my Kindle. How to sharpen pencils is a light hearted look at the world of professional pencil sharpening. Over the course of the book you are instructed on the correct use of all manner of pencil sharpeners and how to deliver the perfect point to potential customers; or to astound small children.

Its whimsical but at the end of the book I actually googled to work out how much was accurate and found an entire world dedicated to sharpening pencils and pencil sharpeners that cost utterly crazy sums of money.

Its a fun read and worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2012
This book is unbelievably informative and amusing. How anyone can produce such a lot of information about sharpening a pencil, I have no idea but David Rees has successfully done so. He deserves acclaim of the highest order!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2012
Well, as a technical writer, this book caught my attention. I use pencils every day. They are one of my most important tools for communicating. So when this book came along I, like most people, thought it was just another one of those 'joke' books. However it is most certainly not. This books tells you how to sharpen a pencil. This is a task we all have done at some point in our life but have you ever thought about the process? Well this book makes you think about the process. Along the way it also tells you about the world of pencils.

Yes, some of the detail does go too far but at the same time there is an almost zen-like process around this task, very similar to the ancient tea making procedures from China and Japan.

I would recommend this book for anyone who has any 'geek' in them or to any man-servants to wealthy people who have more money than sense and who want their pencils sharpened professionally.

This book made me smile.

David Rees is a nutter but a good nutter.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2012
It is good.

It has helped me re-kindle my love for pencils. And for wine that pairs with pencils.

What a life saver.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 April 2013
Straight to the point - I was searching for a used copy of the latest edition of "What Colour is your Anorak?" when I came across this stupendous jewel of a book.

Now my life is much better. I no longer worry about the small things. Or the big things. Or the things between big and small things.

Having the perfect pencil is more important than putting food on the table. Nobody kicks sand in my face on the beach anymore. I drive a Ferrari with its own automatic pencil sharpener.

And I owe it all to this book.
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on 1 July 2013
Intelligent, witty and all about sharpening pencils.
It really tickled me.
I'm tempted to track down the wine from the wine tasting section.
And sharpen some pencils.
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on 18 June 2015
This is a must for all artisans and pencil enthusiasts. Never look a simple pencil again as anything other than
n a wondrous creation
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on 13 May 2014
But I got really into it. Then he told me he had actually had lessons on the subject and started critiquing the book.
Excellent.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2013
Whilst others are worrying about the trivialities of trust funds, mortgages, investments, fine wines, fast cars and loose women, I prefer to spend my time worrying about the correct way to sharpen pencils and as much information on the topic is likely to be found between the covers of this tome. Hardbacked you will be able to pass it on to your children, they're bound to fight over it.
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on 4 March 2015
A funny and interesting book about pencils. Love it!
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