Readers of a certain age can be forgiven if they thought the title of this post has to do with some sort of benefit concert. There was a time when just about every cause had an
“-aid” (like every scandal being some sort of “-gate”), and it was only a matter of time before you’d see folks like u2, Spandau Ballet, Adam Ant, Simple Minds, Phil Collins, etc. making the rounds.
Instead, Pencilaid (not to be confused with The Penciliad—the epic poem of one man’s lifelong search for the perfect pencil) was an attachable sharpener made by A.W. Faber in the early 1920s:
If there had been a benefit concert called “Pencilaid”, one can only wonder what the all-star song would have sounded like. One thing is for sure: at the concert, they would have had the perfect item to sell at the merch tables.