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Jaewan Park’s Tsugite Pencil System: A Reusable Pencil with a Japanese Joinery Method

Jaewan Park’s Tsugite pencil system is a marvel of engineering and design. The Tsugite pencil uses a Japanese joinery method called tsugite to connect pieces of timber without nails. This ancient joinery method has been trusted to construct temples, shrines, and homes in Japan for centuries. This masterful construction inspired Jaewan Park to create a line of Tsugite pencils, which utilized the joinery method to replace pencil tips.

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After a few pencils have been used up, we offer various DIY options for temporary relief, but typically, we just go for a new one. Sticking the end of a pen cap to the pencil’s eraser helps to extend it somewhat, but you may as well utilize the pen at that point. Park invented a reusable system to reduce the waste created by completed pencils. Tsugite is essentially made up of two parts: the body of the pencil and the detachable tip.

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Tsugite was designed as a packaged system, with the pencil bodies and their corresponding ends stored together in a rectangular container. The pencil’s body was designed to produce an arrow-shaped end piece linked to a horseshoe-shaped tip. The same body can still be utilized, and another tip piece can be added to the dull pencil. Users may rest confident that the pencil tip and body are securely fastened, considering this same clever joinery method is utilized to construct houses since no hardware or joinery pieces are needed to connect the two modules.

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