These sharpeners were handcrafted by an artisan from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Wooden toy making is a traditional craft in the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. In a time-consuming process, the piece of wood is first dehydrated before it is given the desired shape using a saw and chisel. Several coats of paint are applied to the carved piece of wood. The last step is to coat the item with lacquer which gives it a sheen.