NJK Pencil Sharpeners
New this past week to our New Arrivals page are some NJK pencil sharpeners!
NJK, or Nakajima Jukyudo, is a Japanese pencil sharpener company that values the “spirit of waste.” NJK originally began as a manufacturer of pen shafts and tobacco pipes in 1933 but shifted to producing high quality pencil sharpeners after they developed their own plastic molding machine. During WWII, there was a shortage of petrochemical materials and they could no longer produce the pen shafts and tobacco pipes they were previously making. After the war, however, they shifted to mass production of plastic pencil sharpeners. Over the years, NJK established their reputation in the pencil sharpener market domestically and worldwide with plastic pencil sharpeners that were not only endearing and fun, but also incredibly sharp.
Their super-sharp pencil sharpeners are well-known and beloved in Japan by students and professionals, and we love their wide range of styles from their modern-colored 508 and 516 pencil sharpeners to their funky retro animal pencil sharpeners pictured here!