The guy who does the pencil sharpening is David Rees, a sometime cartoonist who knows a thing or two about the great pleasure of using a sharp pencil. See his website at Artisanal Pencil Sharpening and find out about the pencils, his book and the classes he teaches on pencil sharpening.
He has a whole stack of equipment from stanley knives to numerous mechanical pencil sharpeners all of which you will see in the accompanying video.
And naturally he produces pencils with exquisitely sharpened graphite points. It will only cost you $35 a pencil.
I see his work as part of the whole craft/artisanal movement that seems to be sweeping New York from Etsy sellers to Flea/Green market sellers.
New Yorkers have fallen in love with the idea of things being hand crafted. There’s pleasure in knowing someone is putting real care and skill into each piece they produce. Whatever iit is, something hand crafted is the exact opposite to something bought of a supermarket shelf.
David has been surprized to find out people who buy his sharpened pencils don’t use them but regard them as works of art which they show around to their friends. LIKE the creative flair of New Yorkers in producing beautiful things.