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It serves its purpose for awhile and has been phased out of our lives (if not the world, except possibly in preschools) for quite some time now. Occasionally, I use them only at dim sum restaurant to select food I order. Otherwise, I haven't had any in my house for almost 2 decades now.
Mechanical pencil has taken over its place instead. Yet, even that figures little in my life these days! The Japanese is possibly responsible for making pencil obsolete in Asia although I notice less preference for the mechanical pencil in America and Africa. Cost could factor in the decision of the preference. In any case, I hate using sharpener!!!