Going through my university toolbox I found this gem:
I didn’t take a picture of the actual sharpener but it looks like this (mine has a black ball) and it’s remarkably simple and effective. Here’s a page from the patent submission:
Someone scanned a box in better condition.
Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced (lost?) all my wonderful leadholders :-(
My fascination with the Seventies might be the culprit here but I find the building above so ugly it’s beautiful: a striking example of an “autogrill”.
These highway restaurants can be found all over Italy. For some mysterious reason they feature a selection of regional food items that don’t really exist anywhere else on the territory. Among them the infamous noce di prosciutto pepata (literally a “walnut of peppered ham”) is a particularly baffling find.