The "Love Sharpener", was
designed by John Lee Love of Fall River, MA. Love's invention was the very
simple, portable pencil sharpener that many artists use, the pencil is
put into the opening of the sharpener and rotated by hand, and the shavings
stay inside the sharpener. Love's sharpener was patented on November 23,
1897 (U.S. Patent # 594,114). Four years earlier, Love created and patented
his first invention the "Plasterer's Hawk." This device which is
still used today, is a flat square piece of board made of wood or metal,
upon which plaster or mortar was placed and then spread by plasterers or
masons. This was patented on July 9, 1895.
Below you can view the patents
issued to Love.
U.S. Patent 594,114 11/23/1897
U.S. Patent #542,419
- 7/9/1895 - Plasterers- hawk
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