I don't know what the lifespan of an actual beaver is*, but after 40 years of service the beaver that sits on Trevor's desk is no longer. This beaver began its life as an ordinary electric pencil sharpener and didn't become a beaver until about the time Trevor was 8 and he decided to add eyeballs, teeth, and a tail to it. For some reason, I never took a picture of it. Now, I've documented it. I love seeing Trevor's creativity.
Is it strange that when we purchase the replacement, one main feature we'll be looking for is that it is shaped like a beaver? Since I haven't shopped for an electric pencil sharpener since... well... ever, I'm not sure what other features are important. There sure are a lot of different shapes and styles now, a sampling of which are in the affiliate links below. There weren't any brown ones, so I stuck with black. Which should we choose? Let me know in the comments!
* I looked it up. According to the Smithsonian, North American beavers usually live for 10 to 12 years, but the longest-lived beaver under human care reached 30.