JIDA Museum Selection vol.19

ペンシルシャープナー Shin

Product ペンシルシャープナー Shin
Pencil Sharpener Shin
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Manufacturer 株式会社角利製作所
Designer 加藤 睦宏
KATO Mutsuhiro
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In Japanese calligraphy, the  rst step is to make ink by grinding an inkstone. With “Shin,” you can also experience this rather meditative activity when sharpening your pencil. The Japanese word “shin” means “pencil lead,” but also “pure,” “spi- rit,” “truth,” and “new.” The “Shin” sharpener is whetstone-style pencil sharpener. The blade is crafted from Hitachi blue paper steel, while the box is made from oiled Japanese red oak and ebony wood, amouting to a simple, stylish appearance. Whi- le enjoying the sound from the pencil sharpening, the user can appreciate a medi- tative moment, taking a break from his or her busy schedule. (Description / KATO Mutsuhiro) Launch Year / 2015

As the calligrapher puri es his or her spirit while grinding an inkstone to make ink, the user can do so as well by sharpening a pencil. This product is crafted by black- smiths and woodworkers with  nest woods, such as oiled Japanese red oak and ebony wood, while using  rst-rated Hitachi blue paper steel for the blade. The de- sign that results from this meditation upon the material and simplicity of function, eschewing decorative aspects, represents the Japanese “shin.” (Selection Commi- ttee / KITAMURA Teruhiko)