When you insert a pencil in this sharpener and start sharpening, the pencil rotates smoothly and a shaving comes out as a long, continuous piece like an apple peel. No. 516 is for regular black lead pencils. It creates a relatively short nib compared to No. 531s (see the last image.) For color and cosmetic pencils with soft centers, use No. 508 or No. 510c.
These sharpeners pack all the elements that define the best Japanese manufacturing practices: attention to detail, quality materials, superior design and functionality.
- 1⅛” x ¾” x ½”
- Made in Japan
Who Makes It
Founded in 1933, Nakajima JuKyudo of Osaka is the last remaining maker in Japan specializing in handheld pencil sharpeners. All the parts (blades, screws and plastic bodies) are made in-house and each blade is engraved with two words: Japan and NJK.