If you're like us, you've given up purchasing new desk accessories. Current offerings at stores such as Staples are uninspired. We prefer to comb thrift store aisles for tape dispensers, pen holders, metal files and the occasional typewriter.
Movies are an excellent source for office supplies. We recommend shopping from films of the nineteen thirties. Desk accessories from this era were well made with an emphasis on scientific precision and good design.
Case and point is the pencil sharpening "instrument" purchased by Dr. Max Sporum in The Good Fairy (Sturgess 1932).