Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Perfect Pencil Sharpener

I was on a hunt for a pencil sharpener, one that would sharpen colored pencils. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but it is. The small, colored plastic sharpeners sharpen but just when the pencil is nearing the perfect point, the lead breaks especially if the razor in the sharpener is dull. Electric sharpeners have an auto stop when the perfect point is reached. Unfortunately, electric sharpeners eat lots of lead. You start with a nice long pencil, and by the time the auto stop kicks in, you're left with a stub. Not good especially using colored pencils. Battery powered sharpeners seem like they would be convenient but the batteries wear out quickly especially if you're trying to sharpen the big colored pencil sets. Then there's the pencil shape factor. Some pencils are round. Some are hexagonal. Some are thin. Some are thick. Some fit the sharpeners. Some don't. I wanted one tool to sharpen them all.

While searching online, I came across Jerry's Artarama and Multipoint Professional Deluxe Sharpener for $27.99 (plus shipping). The packaging description boasted "virtually no waste of lead. automatic self-feed clutch design with auto stop, takes large diameter pencils (8mm - 12mm) in most shapes including triangular, round, hexagonal, and sharpens in a choice of 5 point shapes."  Sounded perfect, almost too good to be true, but I bought one.

I have to say this is a great tool and does all that the packaging said it would. I was even able to sharpen the Prismacolor Verithin Pencils as well as a couple of Husky pencils. The grinders didn't  eat the pencils down to a stub. The pencil sharpener also comes with a table clamp.

Two pencils up for this product.


  1. I had no idea there was a science to purchasing a pencil sharpener.


  2. See? You learn something new every day.