We have all been there before. It’s late, you’ve had a few drinks, you really want to get your “creative” juices flowing. You have an idea of what you really want to do but unless you get your tools up to speed, you are just limping along. Fumbling with our “lead” and trying in vain to get it in the right hole can be a mission. Precise alignment is often a make or break proposition and getting it wrong can be embarrassing. No one knows these issues more than designers Hoyoung Lee, Youngwoo Park & Jungmin Park. Their innovative design dubbed “Funnel Sharp Pencil” is the perfect way to guide your lead to its target every single time. Using a funnel design that mimics a target, you can rest assured you are sticking it in the right hole time after time, over and over again, with no messy clean up.

Designers: Hoyoung Lee, Youngwoo Park & Jungmin Park


Funnel Sharp Pencil by Hoyoung Lee, Youngwoo Park & Jungmin Park




  • M_Crow says:

    i like this funnel concept! really hate the eraser, which i don’t use for obvious reason, currently attached at the end of my mechanical pencil. however, i would still prefer if the funnel can be detached when i want to change all of the lead inside to that of another darkness. great concept u have there!

  • gax907 says:

    yes, this is what i was looking for.

    now if only i can get the lead out without pressing the cap so many times…

  • urharm says:

    There is just 1 problem with this design, because pencilleads are really fragile. Just a little bit of tension and it will snap!

    In this way the leads have to go trough a really small pipe where the risk is very high that you just put it too hard in, with too much tension.

  • igorchak says:

    What if I want to load 20 of them….it’s going to take me longer then usual…right? and not a lot of people have steady hands…half of the lead is going to be broken while loading…
    You could take this idea to the next level by designing a magazine that has like 20 leads inside.
    Remember, in today’s world people want to do things fast….

    • trybudi says:

      you must use pencil a lot! and i think the problem risk of breaking the lead can be solved if you hold the lead near the bottom when inserting so your finger could guide before putting it in. I agree with the 1st comment, I think it should be able to detach the funnel in case you want to load many or take out many


  • CoolCow says:

    So is there really a problem to solve in the first place? the size of the hole you are putting the lead in effectively does not change, all the designer did was add a funnel on the other side of that hole… which doesn’t really help anything… this is not what funnels are used for… why would you funnel something into the a chamber that is exactly the same size as the hole you are starting with? you “funnel” something into a smaller space… this is just redundant…

  • Croat says:

    I like how the shape creates a sort of one-way valve for the lead, very clever, however the necessity for a removable eraser to perform the function of a regular pencil really defeats almost all of the innovation.

  • Polly says:

    If I were a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, now I’d say “Kowubanga, dude!”

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