Full Chisel Blog

December 28, 2011

‘Little Shaver’ – product review

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Reviews,Sharpening,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 10:26 am

Annually, my family selects names for gift exchange as well as a list of items as suggestion for gift ideas.  And this year this tool was on the top of my list.  Originally produced in the early 1900’s, it looked like a cool tool and is available from Lee Valley.

I don’t use any of my chisels or sharp knives to sharpen graphite pencils as they leave residue on the blades and is tough on a fine edge.  I have a designated small clip point knife that I use for pencil sharpening, now I can clean it up, sharpen it and keep it for other purposes.

As luck would have it I got the sharpener, thanks Travis [great nephew].  It worked right out of the box, although when I get back home to my shop I will hone the blade just a bit.  I also noticed a small casting defect [to the right of the cone], but it doesn’t effect the operation.

I first tried #2 pencils which were made to a surgical fine point and later on a 3H pencil.  To my surprise it got that very hard graphite to the same degree of sharpness.  I then tried to sharpen a tiny pencil I keep with my pocket ivory notepad and it worked.  I am impressed.



  1. Stephen, you forgot to mention that Lee Valley has free shipping on orders over $40 through January 3rd!


    *Ethan watches his “stash” money catch fire and burn a hole in his pocket before his very eyes…*

    Comment by thekiltedwoodworker — December 28, 2011 @ 10:37 am

  2. For some reason I always thought that competitive pencil sharpening would be really fun. Mind you I might be making up the whole competitive pencil sharpening thing all together. I don’t think people do that… but they should.

    Comment by Ben Strano — December 28, 2011 @ 10:55 am

  3. Finally, someone who appreciates a sharp pencil as much as I do. The cheap Bic crowd doesn’t know what they are missing.

    Comment by Mitchell — December 29, 2011 @ 7:52 am

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