I saw this post by Heidi Cool on Google+. The link is to the site of a gentleman who will hand-sharpen your pencils and deliver them to you with the little bag of shavings from the pencil. As the Artisanal Pencil Sharpening site says:
In New York’s Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening.
I didn’t have that in mind this morning when I wanted to sharpen a pencil, and my first thought was to search for my pencil sharpener. I couldn’t find that immediately, so I picked up a little craft knife and set to.
It was while I was sharpening my pencil that I thought of David Rees and Heidi Cool and wondered:
Does Anyone Sharpen Pencils Any More?
This is the pencil I sharpened. With the wonders of Photoshop I made more pencils. If I could do this with real three-dimensional objects, I would have a ready supply.
Which reminds me of a story (it may have been Philip K. Dick) about a rocket ship caught in a time loop that keeps crashing. The crew buy new parts for the ship and set off, only to crash again.
The central character of the story is the shopkeeper who has sold these same parts to the crew over and over, and over again.