Sharpening a Pencil with a Chisel | Paul Sellers December 24, 2019 100 By Luis Garrison Did you know that you can sharpen a pencil with just a chisel? Watch. CategoryArticles BlogTagsart chisel crafts craftsman Did You Know did you know that? drawings hand tools how to know paul sellers pencil pencil sharpening sharpening that tips wood woodworking you 100 Comments Mark Samplini says: November 24, 2017 at 9:28 am First like and comment 😀 Reply Edgar Ortiz says: November 24, 2017 at 9:30 am it was how my dad used to sharpen my pencil when I was young Reply Tyrog says: November 24, 2017 at 9:36 am I'd love to see more of this! Reply uhhhhNick says: November 24, 2017 at 9:41 am Simple yet effective Reply Imiss Zuse says: November 24, 2017 at 9:51 am I did that exact thing yesterday Reply Leari Tee says: November 24, 2017 at 9:54 am Simplicity at its finest 🙂 Reply Headknocker says: November 24, 2017 at 10:00 am I love short videos.. Happy Black Friday Paul. Reply Ganz Benz says: November 24, 2017 at 10:05 am Нифигасе… Reply Brian Baker says: November 24, 2017 at 10:09 am 🙂 😳 😶😐😕 Reply John Sinclair says: November 24, 2017 at 10:12 am I then sand up to 400 grit… Reply Bathrobe Carpenter says: November 24, 2017 at 10:19 am I use cheaper pencils. LOL Reply Steven Osman says: November 24, 2017 at 10:23 am Can you try it with a pen please? Reply Comrade Bambi says: November 24, 2017 at 10:27 am ive been drawing for almost my whole life and for about the past 8 years i've been sharpening my pencils with a regular blade rather than a pencil sharpener, i much prefer the feel, an it allows me to make a tool out of a pencil i couldn't have otherwise Reply Graham Orm says: November 24, 2017 at 10:41 am I have a myriad of pencil sharpeners scattered in my tool boxes, bags and work apron Paul. I've found that pencils last much longer that way, I always tend to take too much off when using a chisel or a knife. PS a plane works too. (Wash my mouth out with soap). Reply Shahar Dror says: November 24, 2017 at 11:01 am Not many can sharp so nice free hand like that.. Reply WillEyedOney says: November 24, 2017 at 11:09 am Without a knifewall? Who are you and what have you done with the real Paul Sellers??? Reply SplashStrike says: November 24, 2017 at 11:17 am You can, I can't! Reply The Wood Dragon says: November 24, 2017 at 11:39 am Isn't that what your marking knife is for? Reply roberson644 says: November 24, 2017 at 11:53 am You can sharpen a pencil by rubbing it on your skin if you try hard enough. Reply Lex Boegen says: November 24, 2017 at 11:59 am Shouldn't you scribe a knife wall first? Reply Rick Holmwood says: November 24, 2017 at 11:59 am That's nothing Paul, I can sharpen a chisel with a pencil Reply Lucas Welsh says: November 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm My wife thinks I just like to play with my chisels. But its a great waybto sharpen pencils. Love this, I am not crazy afterall. Reply Walter Rider says: November 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm thank you Reply Cem Millik says: November 24, 2017 at 12:19 pm I mean they're designed to cut wood, right? I like that I can hear the cutting though. Great production quality Reply 1978ajax says: November 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm Vast improvement:Hold the pencil pointing backwards in your left hand (point of pencil in direction of left elbow, body of pencil resting in crease between forefinger and thumb) with chisel in right hand, held normally, and both hands resting on your chest. You have so much more control this way. Reply Marc’s Fx says: November 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm Wow!!… a magician as well as an awesomely awesome woodworker….I doff my hat to you Sir Paul..😉😊 Reply COMB0RICO says: November 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm I've never seen a pencil that sharp! Reply Eduardo Martin Salaverri says: November 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm simple life hacks! Thank you!! Reply Atlas _restauratio says: November 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm 👏👍 Reply Schranzoslavek says: November 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm Did you know that you can sharpen a pencil with pretty much any sharp object? 🙂 Reply Tim Beaton says: November 24, 2017 at 2:07 pm Actually i use a 0.7mm propelling pencil, so it doesn't work for me1 Reply Alex Tekeus says: November 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm I tried that for a bit but after about the 20th pencil, the guitar playing started to get on my nerves. Reply Thomas Russell says: November 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm Short sweet and to the point. (Ha ha, to the point). 😃 Reply JBratt says: November 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm I use my 6×48 belt sander. Reply Wade Patton says: November 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm Of course Sir! That's one of the first tricks I learned when learning TimberFrame construction. I quite Prefer a 2" slick for the task, but a chisel works just fine. I now prefer a chisel to any knife for pencil sharpening-and get much better looking results with less effort. Reply Smidge Does Stuff says: November 24, 2017 at 2:29 pm I want to see the practice and outtakes reel…no one can do that on thier first try! Reply bearwoodcarpentry says: November 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm I keep a pencil sharpener in my pouch, more economical and light as a feather, Reply bearwoodcarpentry says: November 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm I always rock a 2H Staedler anyone else Reply david moore says: November 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm Beautiful. What make and type of pencils do you use Paul. Reply burona kim says: November 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm I love you. paul. the great master is doing same thing what I am doing.. I am so proud. Reply Doug Stevens says: November 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm Once again, you make a good point (pun intended). Reply martino amello says: November 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm ……which in turn often leads to sharpening your finger as well. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology we now have the pencil sharpening corporation and it's millions of happy customers around the world who still have fingers!* Yey for fingers!*It has come to our attention that some of you seem to sharpen your fingers regardless of the warnings against such practices. We strongly urge you to stop doing it until you go ahead and buy a pencil sharpener then you can create beautifully sculpted, one of a kind finger to show off to your other silly friends. Reply Mike Whitman says: November 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm how many steps do you get in a day? Reply yassine samh says: November 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm thank you Reply Avinash Arora says: November 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm Teach me your ways Paul lol! Reply Fizzy Yam says: November 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm I use a samurai sword, but finding someone to hold the pencil has become difficult. Reply Michael Tricker says: November 24, 2017 at 3:39 pm Next week : French Fries or Chips? Reply Thomas Anton Geurts says: November 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm I actually sharpen my chisels with a pencil 🙂 Reply graymouser says: November 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm He's trolling us now. Reply Keith Clague says: November 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm Great stuff Paul. I was taught to do that in my engineering drawing class aged 11. You wouldn't see any teacher showing the snowflakes how to do it now – not with the health and safety police who wouldn't recognise that your fingers are always behind the cutting edge. Reply Wade Patton says: November 24, 2017 at 4:06 pm Make your pencils LOOK the part of a craftsman's kit! I suspect Mr. Sellers much prefers the crisp sound and and feel (feedback) of a chisel on a wooden pencil to any grinder type or fixed blade twisty device. Also, my chisel or slick takes ANY sized or shaped pencil to a clear, crisp, faceted point and shoulders. They're wonderful for carpenters' flat pencils. Get some of those and try if you doubt. Reply Rara Avis says: November 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm That is one sharp chisel… Reply luke medcraft says: November 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm looked online apparently it's a 4 year apprenticeship to learn the art of sharpening pencils with a chisel I just signed up Reply David Oakes says: November 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm Once you master this, you can move on to advanced skills like tucking it behind your ear. Reply David Oakes says: November 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm I hear that the vintage pencils from the 60’s are much better than the mass produced pencils you get now. You can pick them up on eBay and after a bit of tuning they’re are good to go. Great for a beginner on a budget. Or you need to get a Lie-Nielson custom pencil for £400. Reply Snowwalker says: November 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm Paul Sellers shows you how he does it and inspires you to get up and do the same without worrying about technical details. As a school child, I did sharpen my pencils a few times with a kitchen knife when my pencil sharpener became dull and useless, I had misplaced it or the kid sitting next to me in the class never returned it to me. I am sure many of us have done the same. Of course, our kitchen knife wasn't half as sharp as Paul's chisel. But it helped me finish my homework 🙂 Reply Bob About says: November 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm Like your videos and skills. you've encouraged me to pick up the tool again and do a quality job. I find using a chisel point pencil much better i.e. Cut with 2 flats works better. The edge wears less during a long stroke (fewer sharpening), the line thickness is more consistent and the tip is less likely to snap. Reply Ian Duh says: November 24, 2017 at 7:34 pm Then I have to roughen the surface so it will take finish. Reply Dixie_rekd says: November 24, 2017 at 7:38 pm OK………. Reply Don Johnson24 says: November 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm Takes me back to my days at technical school in the 50's. The teacher in Technical Drawing had us spending the first lesson learning how to sharpen a pencil to a chisel point, and always insisted that we did this before commencing any drawings. I thought this too time consuming, so I purchased a flat lead propelling pencil. I always finished my work well before all my classmates as I didn't have to struggle to get that perfect chisel point! Reply ian mills says: November 24, 2017 at 8:07 pm When I worked in the local college in the joinery department loads of students asked me for a pencil sharpener so used to say there is about 70 in the chisel cupboard lol but I find out that some building sites want let them use a chisel as it's not save I just don't believe this H&S Reply Zeke770 says: November 24, 2017 at 8:08 pm You make pencil sharpening look great! Reply Enders Tenders says: November 24, 2017 at 8:11 pm I do this all the time! Reply rando prior says: November 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm I just wanted to thank you Mr. Sellers for another video, and for passing on your knowledge to myself. I have read through every peice of information I could find about your preferred chisel, and concluded there is no one perfect chisel. So I have decided to make myself a whole set. I am a blacksmith by trade, just getting into woodworking, and for me it is much easier to make a tool, then to use it effectively on wood. If you have any interest, I would be happy to send you a hand made chisel, made from a trucks coil spring. Thank you for everything you do, and everything you have taught me. You truly are an inspiration Reply rando prior says: November 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm I find a 2×72" belt grinder running at maximum speed to be quite a bit faster! Reply edward charles says: November 24, 2017 at 8:34 pm I just stroke mine across the surface planer, much quicker! Reply Michael Tricker says: November 24, 2017 at 8:51 pm Real site carpenters just chew the end to a point then rub it on the wall a bit. Job done. Reply Corp Bull Chet says: November 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm pencil sharpeners are for pussies. real men use chisels. Reply Ali Al Cherchefchi says: November 24, 2017 at 9:25 pm I usually use the hand plane Reply Police says: November 24, 2017 at 9:26 pm 👌🏽 👮🏼 Reply Peter Pyrreb says: November 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm My old woodworking teacher, Mr Parry, always sharpened his pencil this way. He caught me doing it – and caned me on the hand (with a piece of dowel !!). Ha. Reply williams-sonics says: November 24, 2017 at 10:19 pm Is this the introduction or episode one and can you tell me please if an Aldi chisel will do? Reply James Stanlake says: November 25, 2017 at 12:05 am I was expecting a knife walls cut around the pencil first for a precise sharpening of the pencil. Tsk Tsk Reply Kevin Zoid says: November 25, 2017 at 1:40 am Why is he teasing us? Where is part 2 of the new bench build? Clearly production has changed from his previous videos. What are they after? I do not like this new Paul. It does not seem right. I miss the old Paul whom shared his lifetime professionalism and made us feel we could do it too. Reply Onuma says: November 25, 2017 at 3:05 am Been doing this for nearly 30 years. Learned it from my old man. Use a chisel, box cutter, utility knife, or any other blade. Imagine the reaction I got when I sharpened a pencil like this in a college class 🙂 Reply gg says: November 25, 2017 at 4:49 am So satisfying Reply jinksto says: November 25, 2017 at 11:01 am I like the quick "did you know" format. Very cool. Reply Martin Inkinen says: November 25, 2017 at 11:52 am Mindblown! Reply Kyle Jones says: November 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm Oooooooo these are going to be fun! Excited to see more. Reply Hal Songer says: November 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm This is another great tip from Mr. Sellers gleaned from his decades of practical experience. I think the reason and benefit of this is to change the way of thinking about how to do things by using the tools at hand. One problem I have (especially as I've gotten older) is that when I have to stop and do a maintenance task or hunt for something I'm missing I lose my focus and flow of work which leads me to make errors. I keep my pencil sharpener on a shelf in my workshop with my extra pencils and chalk for marking since it's so small it may get lost on my benchtop. However, even when working with power tools, I always have a half or 3/4 inch chisel on my bench for tuning up a joint or taking off a bit here and there. Grabbing my chisel to repoint my pencil will save me a few steps and keep me in "the groove" while working on a project. Reply Brian Miller says: November 25, 2017 at 4:09 pm More "did you know ?" videos please. Reply BeeRich33 says: November 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm Puts lead in your pencil Reply missartist123 says: November 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm Artists do this all the time! 😀 Reply Keith Conley says: November 25, 2017 at 7:08 pm I was hoping for a poor man's pencil sharpening jig using a block of wood, a hand drill and a chisel. 🙂 Reply RJ Senn says: November 26, 2017 at 4:58 am New guitar music is great! Reply chicoarraes says: November 26, 2017 at 8:52 pm Yeah, but then again, you could do brain surgery with your chisels… Reply Jetty 77 says: November 26, 2017 at 10:21 pm can you sharpen a pencil with a soldering iron? Reply Philip Manela says: November 26, 2017 at 10:50 pm I miss the robust, old fashioned, hand crank pencil sharpeners we had in the classrooms when I was a kid in school. Reply 5lowethechamp says: November 27, 2017 at 11:22 pm I bought 10 pencil sharpeners last month 🙁 . Ty paul for all ur videos👍😇 Reply Kathleen Zimmerman says: November 28, 2017 at 5:27 am WAIT … I'm lost … Is there a part 2 to this? LOVE your sense of humor!!! 😀 😀 😀 Reply ladywithalathe says: November 28, 2017 at 9:09 am i use an angle grinder Reply Alan's Mistakin' Acres says: December 1, 2017 at 11:55 pm Alas, in the US this traditional method is discouraged by safety regulations, since you might damage a fingernail. I now prefer to use an oxy-acetylene torch. Reply Joshua Strong says: December 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm Mind, blown! Reply Fred Turner says: December 22, 2017 at 6:07 am Hi Paul great video's by the way. I can remember my woodwork teacher showing this on day one of woodwork classes that was about 55 year's ago you very much remind me of him. that was when woodwork was taught in schools. Reply infinitenumberofrats says: December 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm It took me a month but I'm finally at the finishing stage. I've decided on a water based satin varnish but need to know if I should use masking tape on the pencil lead? Reply Ryan Navarre says: February 9, 2018 at 10:28 pm Onto the diamond plates Reply kimchee94112 says: March 8, 2018 at 3:44 pm My pencil sharpener keep breaking the lead, I think this method is better. Reply Palle Hansborg says: November 7, 2018 at 4:37 am Yes, i lear that as an boy. Lean to hold the pencil out back of the thum, thoug. Reply clive Lee says: June 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm Wowwwww Reply clive Lee says: June 1, 2019 at 1:17 pm I can do circumcisions with a Chisel Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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