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Twin Lens Camera + Pencil Sharpener?

Form x Function And a Little History


The day I tweeted this twin lens camera look alike pencil sharpener, many responded asking where to get it. Combining the look of one thing with the function of another may not be a new formula of design, but this hybrid so to speak is definitely getting a lot of attentions, I bet you will just fall for it in no time. I first saw it briefly on the Korean online shopping site, a day later I couldn't find it anymore. Just so happened I needed to go to Seoul and I checked the brick and mortar 10x10 shop, they said this item was sold only through online. Bummer. Luckily my Korean friend helped me to dig deeper and got one somehow, I was able to locate the manufacturer and perhaps we can have this in our stores in a few months. It is far more user friendly and efficient than most of the other heavy duty built-for-a-lifetime sharpeners, and it is cheap.


This another "form + function" brainchild existed for quite a long time but worth mentioning. It is a name card case which looks and works like a real aluminum suitcase, yes you open the case by sliding the two locks sideway. Definitely a conversation starter I tell you, remember that silence during your name card exchange ritual? It helps.


Each one of these aluminum suitcases are made in Tokyo and hand inspected there by Daiichi Aluminum. There is something special about Daiichi Aluminum you might not know. I was probably the first to use these banker's clasp on Moleskine back in 2005 while they were made by certain factory, the production finally stopped and still there were great demand of these clasps. SLIP-ON repeatedly requested Daiichi Aluminum to reproduce them and finally they made it, these two companies deserve credits for keeping these simple but useful tools alive.


Well my MoleskineArt web site is now in archive, in case you were my readers back then, you can still access the contents here.


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Taken on March 28, 2010