David Rees, with sharp pencils. Photograph: Meredith Heuer

Would you pay twelve dollars to get your pencil sharpened? Hand-sharpened, admittedly; lovingly so, and it comes posted back (including overseas) with a certificate, and its own shavings in a bag, and careful little rubber protectors. But, still … that’s something like £8.40 in Limey-money.

If you do David Rees, a New York state-based cartoonist for, among others the Nation and Rolling Stone, is your guy, blade at the ready. He describes himself as a “craftsman” who “practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening”. We called him to check if he was for real.

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Euan Ferguson
Guardian

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