Missing episode of the “Carry On” series? 🙂 As kids, we did all our writing with pencils, until sometime in Standard 5 or 6.
Aaah! Each pencil had to be sharpened frequently with a “sharpener” (which seemed to have a voracious appetite for slender wooden things with a graphite core). Every sharpening shortened the instrument by about 3 mm. Eventually the length was reduced to about 2 inches; then it became difficult to grasp properly in the hand and produce good handwriting.
Help came in the form of an “Extender”, into which the shortened pencils could be inserted and locked. In that way, the short pencils were given a new lease of life, and we happily carried on writing, until all that remained of the pencils were stubs of half-inch lengths or so.
Are these Extenders still being used?