How to Sharpen Carpenter Pencils Two Ways

Here at Universal Sourcing Inc., we provide promotional items to help you attract new customers to your business, and one of our most popular options is our carpenter pencils. A carpenter pencil is wider and flatter than the round (or hexagonal) pencils that you used in school. The first examples were made by sandwiching graphite in between two wooden splints, as mass produced pencils were not yet available.

How to Sharpen Carpenter Pencils Two Ways

Carpenter pencils were originally used by carpenters who needed to mark their wood for cutting, and those carpenters sharpened their pencils by shaving the wood off with a knife. Today, special carpenter pencil sharpeners are available, providing a safer option for those who want it. In this article, we will explain how to sharpen your carpenter pencil using either method.

  • With a Knife- First, grasp the pencil firmly, making sure to leave a few inches of space between your hand and the end you will be sharpening. Next, take your knife or other sharpening tool and hold it at a 45 degree angle to the pencil shaft. Starting with the narrow sides of the pencil, then moving to the wide ones, slowly shave away the wood until the pencil lead is exposed. To sharpen the lead, rub the pencil with sandpaper to create a finer point.
  • With a Sharpener- Using a carpenter pencil sharpener works just like using a regular one–simply insert the pencil and spin it so that the blade catches the wood and peels it away. Unlike standard pencil sharpeners, sharpeners designed for carpenter pencils are equipped with a small emery board to sharpen the lead once it’s exposed, so you can refine the point after your initial sharpening.