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Pencil sharpener
Pencil sharpener
Pencil sharpener

Pencil sharpener

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The design for this pencil sharpener was inspired by Japanese capsule toys aka gashapon (ガシャポン). The top is an integrally-formed aluminum sharpener while its lower half is a weighted zinc alloy. Resting on its heavy bottom, this egg-shaped pencil sharpener can rock around like a roly-poly toy. When held, it feels like one solid piece although it can be emptied by its separation line in the middle. This unique and interesting item will create a harmonious atmosphere in the workspace. It also represents the everyday balances of life and work.

It's made by No.30, a family-run workshop, specialised in zinc casting. Their brand name is based on zinc's atomic number on the periodic table.

Designer: Nicol Boyd and Tomas Rosén (Office for Product Design)
Maker: No.30
Year: 2015
Material: Zinc alloy, aluminium, steel blade
Dimensions: D3,65 × H4,5 cm
Weight: 77g

Origin: Changhua, Taiwan