The Shin sharpener is a whetstone-style pencil sharpener that turns the ordinary task of sharpening your pencil into a meditative practice. The repetitive task of sharpening the edge of your pencil is supposed to support concentration, inspiration and inner peace, same as it has been done in Japanese calligraphy for centuries.
The name ‘shin’ is Japanese and means ‘pencil lead’, but also ‘pure’, ‘spirit’, ‘truth’ and ‘new’.
While sharpening your pencil, the meditative task of doing it with Shin makes you also sharpen your spirit and senses that you need for your creative work. To make sure your pencil is always mightier than the sword, the blade is made from extremely sharp Hitachi blue paper steel. The box — which is crafted from oiled Japanese red oak and ebony wood — includes a storage pocket. Depending on the size of chosen Shin you can store a pencil, the blade and a removable little tin container for chippings from sharpening.
Rotating the pencil each time ensures an even shave, and allows greater accuracy — whether you need a wide point or a sharp, thin one. As such, the physical task of sharpening the pencil bears both a meditative and functional purpose intended to aid your creativity both spiritually and practically.