We’ve all been there: the pencil that you’ve been using for weeks, maybe even months, has finally been sharpened down to a barely usable nub. It’s a pain to use, but at the same time, it’s an even bigger pain to have to get new pencils. Or maybe you feel bad throwing out a perfectly good, if incredibly awkward to hold, pencil.
But not anymore! Japanese company Nakajima Jukyudo has recently released TSUNAGO, a “pencil rejuvenator” that turns small pencil stubs back into fully functional pencils. How exactly does it work? Check out the video to see how the magic is done!
Nakajima Jukyudo is Japanese pencil sharpener company that has been around since 1933. Just taking a look at some of their inventory will bring you right back to elementary school:
▼ They have your standard nostalgia-inducing pencil sharpeners.
▼ And some cuter ones because you might as well sharpen in style.
▼ And… a box full of pencil shavings. Look, these guys just really like pencil sharpeners, alright?
But it’s their most recently product that’s been getting attention online. It’s called TSUNAGO (literally “let’s connect”), and even though it may look like a regular pencil sharpener at first, it’s actually a pencil extender/fastener, used to breathe new life into your worn down stubs. Here’s a picture of the device up close:
▼ Again, we swear it’s not a pencil sharpener.
Here’s a video so you can see the TSUNAGO in action, being used to extend the life of a small pencil stub:
Now after watching that, you may have some questions, like: isn’t that an awful lot of work? Or, what happens to the erasers on the end of your pencils? Do you have to cut them off? Why not just use a mechanical pencil, or simply buy a new pencil?
If you asked any of those questions, then we agree! It seems like a lot of work for something that you usually fix in a second by simply grabbing a new pencil.
But apparently we’re in the minority here. Nakajima Jukyudo has taken over 4,000 preorders for TSUNAGO since they debuted it in January, and they recently had to stop taking any more since they wouldn’t be able to fill their existing orders. It makes more sense when you remember that in Japan, people are known to go to incredible extents to recycle and live eco-friendly. They also really like cute stuff.
If TSUNAGO sounds like something you’re interested in, then take a number; it’s going to be a while before they start selling them online again. But if you’re lucky enough to live in Japan, then you may be able to find them at stationery stores starting in May, when Nakajima Jukyudo will start shipping some of them out. Of course you’re going to have to get there quick before they’re picked clean by the pencil otaku, and they’re well-known for being quite sharp folk.