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Sharpeners for Thick-Barreled Pencils – The Well-Appointed Desk

Review by Tina Koyama

My vast love of colored pencils is directly proportional to my frustration with sharpening them. While my desktop Carl Angel-5 does a decent (and sometimes very good) job on most colored pencils of average barrel diameter, it can’t handle pencils of slightly larger girth, which happens to be the case for two of my favorite colored pencil lines – Derwent Drawing Pencils and Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelles. (While I don’t use them often, I would think jumbo graphite pencils would run into the same issue.)

When I’m home, I often hand-sharpen them with a knife, but as an urban sketcher, I often need to sharpen in the field. I can’t take a knife on a plane, and it seems imprudent to stand on a street corner with a knife in my hand. So I’m left with portable sharpeners as my primary option.

I’ve tried many with terrible to fair results; none have been excellent. Ever hopeful that the grail is still out there, I decided to try four that seemed promising:

Clockwise from top left – Ratchetta, Stad T’Gall, Kum special, Kum 4.

Sonic Ratchetta

Of the four, this see-through, brightly colored, high-tech-looking gizmo “with notification” intrigued me the most. It took me a while to get the hang of the ratcheting motion, but once I did, I realized it could save wear and tear on my hand and wrist, which I appreciate. The sharpening blades turn as you sharpen, requiring only a short back-and-forth motion, so you don’t have to crank your wrist all the way around and continually regrip the pencil.

The “notification” feature – a button that pops out when the pencil is fully sharpened – doesn’t seem to work consistently. However, I get a nice sharp point on my standard-diameter pencils, both colored and graphite. Unfortunately, neither of my two thick pencils – the round-barreled Derwents and the semi-hexagonal Caran d’Aches – would fit. To be fair, the Ratchetta’s description says nothing about accommodating fat pencils, but I guess I got so excited about the design that I forgot about my objective.

Kutsuwa Stad T’Gaal

This one gets the prize for the most puzzling name. And once again I’m guilty of getting so excited about the design that I didn’t read the description carefully. When I saw the dial that enables choosing among five settings, I must have jumped to the conclusion that the settings were related to pencil diameter. (I think I was imagining the wall-mounted classroom sharpeners of my youth that had a variety of hole sizes on the dial.)

Reading the instructions that came with the Stad T’Gaal (and by “reading,” I mean looking at the diagrams, since I can’t actually read Japanese), I quickly realized that, in fact, the settings numbered 1 – 5 are not about pencil girth at all but instead enable you to choose the length of the sharpened core. Setting 1 results in the shallowest cone; setting 5 the steepest.

Chagrined at my misinterpretation, I was nonetheless rewarded – both the Derwent and Caran d’Ache pencils fit! Well, perhaps “fit” is too charitable. It’s more like I am able to maneuver them in with some effort, like squeezing into jeans from a few years ago. And like those jeans, there is an unseemly consequence: the mouth of the sharpener takes some of the finish off those thicker pencils. Nonetheless, the Stad T’Gaal does a clean job of sharpening them at various core lengths. Standard-size pencils come out beautifully, too. The steepest No. 5 setting is probably not long enough to satisfy fans of “long point” graphite sharpeners, but it exposes an impressive length on my thick-core Derwents. Bonus points for coming in several fun colors.

Kum No. 410 Magnesium 2 Hole

This no-frills sharpener is the least appealing of the four I tried because it doesn’t contain the shavings. Away from home, I must remember to catch the shavings in a tissue until I’m near a trash can, which isn’t a huge deal, but is still something to think about.

Equipped with two holes, the smaller is intended for standard-diameter pencils, and the larger accommodates pencil barrels up to 10. 5mm. Paradoxically, neither of my thick pencils sharpens well in the larger hole – the blade doesn’t seem to make contact evenly – but using the counter-intuitive smaller hole, both the Derwent and the Caran d’Ache are sharpened satisfactorily. It exposes a decent length of core without coming to a deadly point (which some graphite writers covet but isn’t really necessary for colored pencils). The mechanism is not what I would call stellar, as I have to exert extra effort or pressure to get the job done, and it doesn’t feel secure.

As I was sharpening with the smaller hole, the sensation and result gave me déjà vu, and then I realized that the Kum No. 410 is probably identical to the inner workings of the dome-covered Kum 301.08.21, which is my current sharpener of choice that I was hoping to improve on. (Of the two, I like the domed one better, since it contains my shavings.)

Kum Special Diameter Pencil Sharpener for Triangular & Hexagonal Body Pencils

I had the highest hopes for this Kum because its name indicates that it’s intended for pencils of special diameter. Surely my difficult-to-accommodate Derwent and Caran d’Ache qualify as “special”! Like the Kum No. 410, this one offers two holes that look suspiciously similar to the ones in the 410. (Don’t tell me I’m having yet another case of déjà vu!) But in fact, they are not identical because neither hole accommodates the Caran d’Ache. The smaller of the two holes does sharpen the Derwent adequately.

Incidentally, although I don’t use them much, I was curious whether a couple of Koh-i-Noor jumbo triangular pencils – a Triograph and a Magic – would fit. Nope.

Final Impressions

Since it’s the first portable sharpener I’ve found that can accommodate all the pencils I typically use and also sharpens beautifully, the Kutsuwa Stad T’Gaal is a versatile keeper in my bag. If only its mouth were just a tiny bit wider, it wouldn’t scrape the lovely matte-finish lacquer on my pricey Caran D’Ache Museum pencils. The grail search continues.

Tina Koyama is an urban sketcher in Seattle. Her blog is Fueled by Clouds & Coffee, and you can follow her on Instagram as Miatagrrl.

DISCLAIMER: The items included in this review were provided free of charge by JetPens for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

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A Guide to Manual and Electric Pencil Sharpeners

A sharpener may seem like a simple tool, but which one you use can change the performance of your materials completely. When acquiring a sharpener, you need to consider the diameter of the pencils you want to use, the brittleness of their leads, whether you want a manual or electric sharpener, and what type of blade you prefer. In this post, we look at the range of pencil sharpeners available, and test their compatibility with a variety of pencils.

The article below is split into five sections:

  • Blade vs Helix Sharpeners, where I explain the difference between the two types of pencil sharpener.
  • Simple Sharpeners, where I compare all of our blade sharpeners which do not have built-in reservoirs to catch the shavings and graphite dust.
  • Reservoir Sharpeners, where I compare all of our blade sharpeners which have reservoirs to catch the wood shavings and the graphite dust.
  • Helical Sharpeners, where I compare our heavy-duty desktop crank sharpeners.
  • Electric Pencil Sharpeners, where I compare our mains- or battery-powered electric pencil sharpeners.
  • Miscellaneous Sharpeners, where I look into our sharpening blocks, knives and so on. These tools are mostly designed for use not with pencils, but with other drawing tools such as graphite or charcoal sticks, pastels, and crayons. They can however be used to sharpen pencils into unorthodox shapes, which isn’t possible with most manual or electric pencil sharpeners.


Blade vs Helix sharpeners

Leaving aside for the moment sandpaper, sharpening blocks and knives, which are used to sharpen charcoals, graphite sticks and the like, there are two main types of pencil sharpener: Blade Sharpeners and Helical Sharpeners.

Blade sharpeners are the more familiar of the two. These are the pencil sharpeners we all used at school. You simply push the end of the pencil into a conical chamber and twist. The pressure forces the end of the pencil into contact with the blade, which remains stationary. As the pencil rotates, the blade pares away the wooden casing of the pencil and sharpens the lead.

Helical sharpeners are slightly more complicated than blade sharpeners. With a helical sharpener, it’s the cutting apparatus that revolves, not the pencil; the pencil remains stationary, clamped in place. Instead of a blade, they have a cylinder which bears a spiralling series of sharp ridges along its length. This cylinder is mounted on a cog, which causes it to rotate as it circles the pencil. The sharp ridges grind against the pencil, shaving away the wood and sharpening the lead to a fine point.

A close-up of the sharpening apparatus from the Caran d’Ache Plastic Desktop Crank Pencil Sharpener. When the handle is turned the metal cog travels around the geared plastic housing, causing the sharpening cylinder to spin.

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Simple Pencil Sharpeners

These sharpeners are small and portable. They range from large plastic models for use with Jumbo pencils, to sharpeners for pastel pencils, which have softer leads that cannot hold a fine point. (note: the round Faber-Castell UFO sharpener is no longer available.)

JAS : Single Pencil Sharpener

This is the simplest and cheapest pencil sharpener we sell. It is small, tough and portable, though it will only sharpen standard diameter (e.g. 7mm) pencils.

KUM : Double Metal Sharpener

This KUM Double Metal Sharpener pencil sharpener is made of metal and has two steel blades. It will fit any 7mm and 9mm pencils.

KUM : Single Plastic Sharpener : For 7mm Diameter Pencils

This sharpener is small, economical and portable. Like many of the plastic pencil sharpeners we sell, the colour of the item might vary.

KUM : Double Plastic Sharpener : For 7mm & 9mm Diameter Pencils

This double-hole sharpener is suitable for use with 7mm and 9mm pencils. It is light and very economical.

Stabilo Carbothello : Pastel Pencil Sharpener

This sharpener is designed for use with Stabilo Carbothello Pastel Pencils, which have softer leads than regular graphite pencils and cannot hold as fine a point. They therefore have to be sharpened to a slightly wider angle (i.e. a stubbier point).

Koh-I-Noor : Single Sharpener : For Round Tips for 7mm Diameter Pencils

This quality plastic sharpener has a single hole that fits 7mm diameter pencils. It sharpens pencils to stubby tips and is therefore suitable for use with pastel pencils, which have soft leads. It is basically the same as the Stabilo Carbothello Pastel Pencil Sharpener, but it has a special feature; a small plastic rod which can (in theory) be used to fish bits of lead out of the sharpening assembly. (If you look at the shape of the sharpener, it’s not really possible for pieces of lead to get stuck in it, but you never know when a small plastic rod might come in handy).

Koh-I-Noor : Single Plastic Sharpener : For Jumbo 12mm Diameter Pencils

This sharpener is designed for use with ‘Jumbo’ 12mm diameter pencils such as the Faber Castell Series 9000 Jumbo or the Koh-I-Noor Jumbo Graphite Pencil 1820. The colour of the plastic portion of the unit might vary from that shown above.

Stabilo : Woody 3-in-1 : Sharpener

This sharpener is designed for use with Stabilo Woody Three-In-One Pencils. It doesn’t seem to work well with any other pencil.

Faber Castell : Double Hole Metal Sharpener

This Faber-Castell pencil sharpener is made of steel and will keep its point. It is a double hole sharpener which can sharpen standard diameter graphite and colour pencils.

KUM : The Masterpiece : Metal Pencil Sharpener

The body of this sharpener is made from magnesium while the blades are high-carbon steel. It is a two-step sharpener – the first hole removes the wood, and the second shapes the lead to create a long, precise tip.

Makers Cabinet : Brass Hovel : Pencil Plane

A high-quality pencil plane that is designed to last. Instead of the insert and twist sharpening mechanism we are all used to, the pencil is run across the blade while turning gently. This makes it easier to sharpen your pencil without breaking the lead. Each pencil plane includes 10 carbon steel blades.

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Testing Simple Pencil Sharpeners

We tested our reservoir sharpeners on a range of pencils, from the large (a Koh-I-Noor Jumbo Graphite Pencil) to the small (a Cretacolor Karmina Coloured Pencil and a Staedtler Tradition Sketching Pencil). We also used a couple of pencils which are difficult to sharpen, because they have flaky or crumbly leads; a Conte a Paris Charcoal Pencil and a Stabilo Carbothello Pastel Pencil.

In the following table, an ‘X’ entry indicates that a pencil and sharpener are incompatible. Either the pencil won’t fit, or the sharpener will only chew it and break the lead off.

The star performer was probably the JAS : Double Pencil Sharpener. I also liked the Caran d’Ache Double Metal Pencil Sharpener for Grafwood and Technalo Pencils.

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Reservoir Sharpeners

What is a Reservoir Sharpener?

Reservoir pencil sharpeners have a compartment to catch dust and pencil shavings. This ensures your workspace stays clean and also means that your pencil can be sharpened quickly and easily during a drawing session, without you having to leave the table. They are normally a little larger than pencil sharpeners with no reservoir, but because they are less likely to leak graphite dust or pencil shavings they’re preferable for artists on the move. (note: the green Jakar sharpener in the photo is no longer available.)

Jakar : Two in One Combination Sharpener/Eraser

This innovative and portable Jakar sharpener combines a reservoir sharpener with an eraser, which has a plastic cap to keep it clean. It is suitable for use with standard diameter pencils.

The sharpener revolves: it can be turned inwards so that it does not leak graphite dust through the blade aperture. To empty the pencil shavings from the (very small) reservoir, simply swing the sharpener outwards and pull it off the main unit.

Staedtler : Pencil Sharpener : Yellow, Black and Red

This Staedtler Pencil Sharpener is designed for use with regular graphite pencils. It is a single-hole sharpener with a reservoir for graphite and wood shavings and a cap to stop dust leaking from the sharpening hole when not in use. Once the reservoir is full, simply press the button on the side to release the lid then empty the sharpener into a bin. It’s made of plastic, but this sharpener has an air of solid dependability about it.

Jakar : Trio 3 Way Pencil Sharpener

This Jakar Trio 3 Way Pencil Sharpener is made from strong yet lightweight plastic. It features three holes: one for sharpening coloured pencils, one for regular-sized graphite pencils and one for jumbo pencils. It proved to be the most versatile of all of the reservoir sharpeners Jackson’s sell, and it is also highly portable. When it is clipped together, it is shaped like a triangular prism with blunted corners. It can be slipped into a bag or a pocket without fear of it coming apart or shedding dust everywhere.

Faber Castell : Easy Grip Trio Sharpening Box

This Faber Castell Easy Grip Trio Sharpening Box is made from strong yet lightweight plastic. It features three holes: one for sharpening coloured pencils, one for regular-sized graphite pencils and one for jumbo pencils. It did well in our tests and is very portable.

Derwent : Manual Twin Sharpener With Reservoir

This Derwent Twin Sharpener can be used to sharpen pencils of 7mm and 8mm diameters. It has a lid to stop lead dust falling out of the sharpening hole, and a larger reservoir than most sharpeners. It would therefore be perfect for longer sketching trips or for those who sharpen their pencils very regularly.

Faber Castell : Dual Sharpener Box

This Faber Castell 9000 sharpener has two sharpening holes and is suitable for coloured pencils and graphite pencils. It has a compartment which will catch the shavings from wood-clad pencils. When not in use, the sharpening apparatus will slide down into a plastic case so that graphite dust cannot fall out of the sharpening holes.

KUM : Glass Jar : Single Hole Metal Pencil Sharpener

This single hole sharpener has a lightweight magnesium blade and a sturdy glass jar to catch the pencil shavings.

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Testing Reservoir Sharpeners

We used the same selection of pencils to test our reservoir pencil sharpeners: a Koh-I-Noor Jumbo Graphite Pencil, a Faber Castell Series 9000 Jumbo Pencil, a Conte a Paris Charcoal Pencil, a Stabilo Carbothello Pastel Pencil, a Cretacolor Karmina Coloured Pencil and a Staedtler Tradition Sketching Pencil.

In the following table, an ‘X’ entry indicates that a pencil and sharpener are incompatible. Either the pencil won’t fit, or the sharpener will only chew it and break the lead off. The most versatile was the Jakar Trio 3 Way Pencil Sharpener, which sharpened all of the pencils nicely. The other sharpener which shared the same design, the Faber Castell Easy Grip Trio Sharpening Box, was also very effective on pencils of different sizes.

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Helical Pencil Sharpeners

What is a Helical pencil sharpener?

Helical pencil sharpeners are also known as ‘crank sharpeners’. With helical pencil sharpeners, the pencil remains clamped in place, while the sharpening mechanism revolves around it. Instead of a blade, they have a cylinder which bears a spiralling series of sharp ridges along its length. This cylinder is mounted on a cog, which causes it to rotate as it circles the pencil. The ridges grind against the pencil, shaving away the wood and sharpening the lead to a fine point.

Caran d’Ache Plastic Desktop Crank Pencil Sharpener

This Caran d’Ache crank sharpener is small and elegant. It’s not the cheapest of the crank sharpeners, nor the most versatile, since it can only sharpen regular 7mm pencils, but it looks good and feels sturdy and well-made. It comes with a small clamp to attach it to a tabletop.

Derwent : Super Point Manual Helical Sharpener

The sharpening mechanism in this Derwent crank sharpener is basically the same as that in the Caran d’Ache plastic model, though the chuck releases with a button rather than a set of handles which you pinch. The Derwent model is slightly larger (with a slightly larger chamber for shavings and dust) but it feels a little more rattly and fragile. It can sharpen pencils with a diameter between 7 and 9mm.

Derwent : Super Point Manual Helical Sharpener : With Pinch Chuck

This Derwent sharpener is basically a slightly larger version of the plastic Derwent model above, with a heavy metal body and a pinch-style chuck. Again, it can sharpen pencils of between 7 and 9mm diameter. It still feels rattly. The chamber, chuck and crank are all plastic, and it feels as if they don’t quite fit the metal body. The chamber for shavings is large. It does come with a clamp to fix it to a table, but the whole unit is so heavy this feels a bit redundant.

Jakar : Crank Desk Top Pencil Sharpener

Uniquely among the crank sharpeners, this bulky Jakar model can sharpen pencils of between 7 – 11.6mm diameter to a variable tip. On the crank handle, there’s a small nut which can be turned clockwise or anti-clockwise; this changes the angle at which the helical screw meets the tip of the pencil. Thanks to this feature, this sharpener can be used with both graphite pencils and softer pencils such as coloured pencils, large coloured pencils or pastel pencils. The chamber is large and transparent, and it’s possible to watch the sharpening mechanism revolving around the pencil, which is quite satisfying. It comes with a clamp, but it’s heavy enough without one.

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Testing Crank Pencil Sharpeners

For this test we used the same selection of pencils as above. The Jakar Crank Desk Top Pencil Sharpener proved to be the most effective and the most versatile; unlike the other crank pencil sharpeners, it can be used with both regular and jumbo pencils.

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Electric Pencil Sharpeners

Jackson’s stock three types of electric pencil sharpeners. Two of these use regular blade sharpeners which revolve around the pencil, driven by a battery-powered motor. The most heavy-duty of our electric sharpeners, the Jakar Electric Pencil Sharpener with Auto-Stop, uses a helical crank mechanism. This sharpening mechanism is driven by an electric motor powered from the mains.

Jakar : Automatic Battery Double Pencil Sharpener

This battery-operated double sharpener can be used with pencils of 6 – 8 or 9 – 12mm. It uses a couple of regular blade sharpeners which revolve around the pencil when it is inserted into either of the sharpening holes. These blade sharpeners are driven by a small electric motor. As inefficient as this sounds, it does actually produce reasonable results; it’s very easy just to insert your pencil into the sharpening hole for a couple of seconds every other minute. It would be a great choice for anyone who needs to sharpen their pencils near-constantly while drawing. It’s also great value. It takes four AA batteries.

Jakar : Electric Pencil Sharpener with Auto-Stop

This Jakar Electric Sharpener has a UK wall-plug, which is attached to the device by a 1.6m long lead. The device will stop sharpening once the pencil has been brought to a fine point.

With repeated use over a long time, the blade on this sharpener will wear down and become blunt. Replacement blades can be found here.

Jakar : Automatic Battery Pencil Sharpener

This Jakar pencil sharpener has a single hole and a stylish ergonomic design. It has a reasonably small chamber for pencil shavings, but is otherwise very well designed.

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Testing Electric Pencil Sharpeners
Sharpener Koh-I-Noor : Jumbo Pencil (10mm diameter) Conte : Charcoal Pencil (8.5mm diamter) Stabilo Carbothello : Pastel Pencil (7mm diameter) Cretacolor : Karmina Water-Resistant Pencil (8mm diameter) Staedtler : Tradition Sketching Pencil (7mm)
Jakar : Automatic Battery Double Pencil Sharpener X Fine but do be careful and don’t try too sharpen to a fine tip Good – very long tip though Great Great
Jakar : Automatic Battery Pencil Sharpener X X Very good – very ‘hungry’ though Very good – a very sharp tip Very good – very ‘hungry’ though
Jakar : Electric Pencil Sharpener with ‘Auto-Stop’ X X Good Very Good Very Good – exceptionally sharp tip produced in no time

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Miscellaneous Sharpeners

These tools are all sharpening implements, but with the exception of the Faber Castell Perfect Pencil, they are primarily designed for sharpening charcoal sticks, clutch pencil leads and pastels, rather than your average pencil. The one advantage sharpening knives and blocks have over conventional pencil sharpeners is that you can sharpen your lead into unusual shapes if you so choose.

We didn’t think in this case it was very appropriate testing these tools against each other, as they’re designed for a wide range of different uses.

Faber Castell : Sandpaper Sharpening Block

This Faber Castell Sandpaper Block consists of a block of wood with two strips of sandpaper mounted onto it. The papers are of different grades, fine and coarse, and are designed for sharpening fine lead points, charcoal sticks, soft pastels and pastel pencils, none of which sharpen well in conventional pencil sharpeners. A more economical option is the JAS Sand Paper Block, which works in the same way.

Faber Castell : Erasing and Sharpening Knife

This Faber Castell Sharpening Knife is best used with graphite sticks and hard pastels, but can also be used with pencils. You might need to sharpen it slightly if you are using it with pencils which have a thick wooden casing. It doubles up as an erasing tool.

Faber Castell : Lead Pointer

The Faber Castell Lead Pointer is a miniature blade sharpener for use with 2mm clutch pencil leads. It is extremely small and portable, and can be mounted on a keyring. In fact, if you don’t mount it on a keyring or something similar, I imagine it would be very easy to misplace. It’s far less practical than the Mars 502 Lead Pointer Tub pictured below.

Staedtler : Mars 502 : Lead Pointer Tub : For 2mm Pencil Leads

Staedtler Lead Pointer Tub is a rotary sharpener for 2mm clutch pencil leads. It can sharpen leads on their own or whilst they are mounted in a mechanical pencil and automatically stops when the pencil is sufficiently sharpened. It has two gauging holes: one will produce an extremely fine point for detailed drawing, and the other a standard point for writing.

To use, place the lead of the clutch pencil in either of the gauging holes. These are the holes marked with a triangle, either side of the circular white cleaning pad. Press the end of the clutch pencil to release the lead into the gauging hole. Let the clutch pencil clasp the lead again and lift the lead from the gauging hole. The lead will be protruding from the clasp, which will then ensure it is sharpened to either a moderate or a sharp point, depending on which gauging hole is used. Place the pencil in the large sharpening hole and spin the lid of the sharpener round (as if you were churning something inside the bucket) until it offers no resistance. At this point the lead will be fully sharp. Wipe the lead-dust from the point of the pencil using the cleaning pad and you’re done.

This is a very effective and efficient sharpener. Unlike the Faber Lead Pointer, it catches the lead dust in a bucket and is therefore less messy.

Faber Castell : Perfect Pencil with Eraser + Sharpener

This neat little pencil comes with a plastic cap (with pocket clip) to protect its point, as well as an eraser and a tiny blade sharpener which pulls out of the cap.

Caran d’Ache : Pencil Peeler : For Pastel Pencils : With 3 Replaceable Blades

The Caran d’Ache Pencil Peeler is a great tool for sharpening your pencils, especially pastel pencils, which do not fare well in conventional pencil sharpeners because of their soft leads. This product works like a potato peeler; if you run the blade down the end of the pencil or crayon you wish to sharpen, a small curl of wood and lead will be pared away. It is possible to sharpen pencils with more precision than conventional pencil sharpeners, and to sharpen pencils to unusual shapes (to an extremely sharp point, to a flat tip, or to a stubby tip). The Caran d’Ache Pencil Peeler is quicker, safer and more accurate than using a craft knife.

If you would prefer, the blade can be reversed so that you push it, rather than pull it, against the pencil. Simply bend the flexible metal frame apart so that the blade falls out, flip the blade round, and replace it in the same set of notches. This product comes with three replacement blades which can be inserted in the same way.

Note that the red pencil peeler pictured is no longer available, but the same model is available in silver

Nitram : Sharpening Bloc for Charcoal and Pastel

This sharpening block is slightly smaller than a table-tennis bat. It is designed for use with charcoal sticks, hard pastels and soft pastels.

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All of the sharpeners featured in this article are available from Jackson’s.

Other articles about drawing on the Jackson’s blog:

This is an updated version of an original post published on 7th November 2017

Top 17 Best Pencil Sharpeners of 2021 (Reviews)

Pencil sharpeners are devices used for sharpening pencils. If you use pencils regularly, you would understand how essential pencil sharpeners are. Sharpeners are of diverse types, and the most popular types are manual and electrical sharpeners. These objects allow pencil owners to sharpen their stationeries by ensuring contact with the blade through the conical chamber.

Sharpeners are safe, fast, and easy to use. If you need well-sharpened pencils, you should consider getting a good pencil sharpener. The best electric pencil sharpeners consume very little power to ensure you have a sharp pencil. After cutting away the blunt edges, the pencil sharpener uses the blade embedded into it to sharpen any pencil. Before buying your pencil sharpener, there are some essential factors that you should consider.

Factors to consider before buying pencil sharpeners

Type of sharpeners: there are different sharpeners, but the most popular types are manual and electrical pencil sharpeners. Manual sharpeners are used more frequently than electrical sharpeners due to the cost implication. The best manual pencil sharpeners are often surrounded by plastic, forming the conical chamber where the pencil goes. You have to choose your preferred type of sharpener. For schools, workplaces, and other institutions, electrical sharpeners would be more efficient due to their speed and durability. For personal use, you can buy either of the two types.

Size: size is another factor you should consider before you buy your pencil sharpener. While sellers would recommend small sharpeners for personal use, it’s not advisable for school/workplace. Bigger sharpeners would reduce the possibility of theft and loss. It would help if you bought big pencil sharpener machines for places where many people would use the sharpener. For personal use, you can buy smaller and easily accessible pencil sharpeners.

The shape of pencils: pencils come in different shapes, and you would have to buy a suitable sharpener to ensure it fits the purpose. Pencils can be circular, hexagonal, and even triangular. Pencil sharpeners for colored pencils come in different shapes to allow you to make better choices to suit the kind of pencils you would be using. If you buy a hexagonal pencil for a circular-based sharpener, you will find it difficult to sharpen your pencils effectively.

Benefits of pencil sharpeners

Time-saving: pencil sharpeners save time. While other tools might be used for sharpening pencils, none works as fast as an electric pencil sharpener. The device sharpens the pencil the moment the mouth enters the blade region. You don’t have to worry about your blunt pencil when you have an efficient tool like a pencil sharpener.

Saves energy: sharpening pencils with other tools tend to waste energy. If you have a good sharpener, you will save a notable amount of energy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do pencil sharpeners work?

Pencil sharpeners work by pushing a pencil against a blade. The blade sharpens the pencil through the process.

Why is my pencil sharpener not sharpening my pencil?

Many things could have caused your sharpener to go blunt. Always take care of your sharpener to prevent similar occurrences.

Kum Pencil Sharpeners – Ultimate Guide

Kum Pencil sharpeners are widely regarded as the best pencil sharpeners in the world. They are manufactured in Germany, and we show you why they are so good with their unique curved blade technology and a little bit more about the company’s history.

We also give details about all their current models with the Kum 410 Magnesium Sharpener being their most popular standard pencil sharpener.

Kum is renowned for its long point sharpeners and the Kum Masterpiece long point sharpener is the ultimate long point sharpener to get a long point on your pencil. It achieves this with a two-step sharpening process and we have a great short video showing a pencil sharpened to a long point with a Masterpiece sharpener.

1. Kum Pencil Sharpener History

Kum is a German company that is based in Erlangen and is a short distance from Nuremberg, which is renowned for its long history of manufacturing pencils dating back to the 1600s.

In 1919 Kum was founded by Fritz Mußgueller and Adam Klebes to manufacture pencil sharpers. They chose the name Kum as it is derived from the German names of the two materials that they made their pencil sharpeners from “Kunstoff” which is plastic and Metall which is obviously metal.

By 1928 they had manufactured many different sharpeners and launched their iconic globe sharpener which is still in production today.

In the 1950s Kum brought its manufacturing in-house by designing and building its own tool and injection molding equipment.

In 1956 they started to incorporate drawing instruments into their product range.

Today they are still renowned and best known for their pencil sharpeners but they now manufacture a wide range of products including school and office products as well as a range of art and graphic paintbrushes.

2. What is so Special about Kum Pencil Sharpeners?

Kum Pencil sharpeners are widely regarded as the best pencil sharpeners in the world but what is it that makes these sharpeners stand out from the rest? The simple answer is the hardness and sharpness of their blades, design features, and high-quality materials combined with a precision manufacturing process.

2.1. Extremely Hard Sharpener Blades

Kum Pencil sharpener blades are made from high carbon steel which measures 65hrc on the Rockwell scale. This is a hardness scale based on the indentation hardness of a material. It is the same hardness rating as a top-quality carbide drill bit or a premium kitchen knife.

The reason why the blades need to be so hard is that pencil lead is a mix of graphite and clay and is a very hard material. For more information check out Where Does Pencil Lead Come From?

2.2. Razor Sharp Blades

Kum pencil sharpener blades are not only very hard, but they are also razor-sharp. This is achieved by using a felt wheel as the final stage of the sharpening process to produce the ultimate mirror finish polished edge. Felt is used as although it is soft it is a soft material it is firm enough to produce a razor-sharp edge while adapting to the curved shape of the blade. Blunt sharpener blades are one of the main causes of pencil leads easily breaking. Check out Why do Pencil Leads Break so Easily for more information.

2.3. Curved Blade Design

In a lot of pencil sharpeners, the blades are riveted in place which if it becomes loose this makes the pencil sharpener unusable as the blades need to be held firmly in exactly the right place to sharpen. Like most quality pencil sharpener manufacturers Kum pencil sharpeners hold the blades in place with a screw.

Unlike using a rivet to secure the blades by using a screw the sharpeners blades can be tightened or the blades can be replaced. Kum sharpeners have a special curved blade design that acts in a similar manner to a spring. The curved blade applies constant pressure to the screw which prevents the screw from becoming loose.

The other benefit of Kums’ unique curved blade over traditional flat blades is that it moves slightly up and down as the pencil is rotating adapting to the wood’s surface as opposed to ripping through it. This produces a smoother cut and as the blades are set at a narrower angle than other sharpeners it produces a longer sharper pencil point.

2.4. Precision Manufacturing

To achieve a longer sharper point the pencil sharpener needs to be manufactured to fine tolerances. Kum metal sharpeners are made from magnesium which can be milled to the very fine tolerances that are required. Whereas other manufacturers’ sharpeners are made from cheaper materials such as aluminum or have a die-cast metal body that cannot achieve the same precision.

Another benefit of using Magnesium to make the body is that it is a long-lasting material and by polishing its surface it not only looks great but resists corrosion.

The same care and quality control have been put into the manufacture of their plastic pencil sharpeners. They use a precision injection molding process that accounts for the slight amount of shrinkage of the plastic as it cools down once it is removed from the mold. link

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3. Kum Standard Pencil Sharpeners

Kum pencil sharpeners are regarded as the best in the world, their standard-sized pencil sharpeners have the exceptional build quality and precision engineering that you would expect from a German manufacturer.

As with all Kum pencil sharpeners, it is the superiority of their sharpening blades that really sets them apart from other manufacturers’ pencil sharpeners. This combined with the high build quality of the rest of the sharpener and the fact that the blades can be replaced means that these sharpeners will provide years of reliable hassle-free and consistent sharpening.

4. Kum Magnesium Pencil Sharpeners

Kum Magnesium sharpeners have a lightweight strong body made of magnesium alloy. They are fitted with high carbon replaceable razor-sharp blades. We will go into more detail later about what makes these blades so special for sharpening pencils.

There are several different types of Kum Magnesium sharpeners which are:

4.1. Kum 400K Magnesium Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 400K Magnesium Sharpener (104.00.01) is the most basic sharpener in their magnesium range. It is a simple single-hole sharpener with a thin wedge profile that can be used to sharpen standard-size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter.

4.2. Kum 400-1K Magnesium Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 400-1K Magnesium Sharpener (104.01.01) is like the 400K in that it is a single hole sharpener with a thin wedge profile. However, where it differs is that has a vertically ridged grip zone cut out on each side of the sharpener.

This allows you to get a better grip and have more control when sharpening. It can be used to sharpen standard-size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter.

4.3. Kum 400-1 Magnesium Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 400-1 Magnesium Sharpener is a single hole sharpener with a rectangular block profile. It also has a vertically ridged grip zone on each side of the sharpener that allows you to get a better grip and have more control when sharpening.

The Kum 400-1 can be used to sharpen standard-size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter. Kum also makes the 400-1E sharpener and the only difference between this and the 400-1 is that the 1E is supplied with 2 spare blades.

4.4. Kum 410 Magnesium Pencil Sharpener

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The Kum 410 Magnesium sharpener (104.05.01) is a double hole sharpener with a wedge profile that has the sharpener’s holes adjacent to each other.

The smaller diameter hole can be used to sharpen standard size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter. And the larger diameter hole can be used to sharpen oversized round or hexagonal shaped pencils with a barrel diameter up to 11mm.

The Kum 410 Magnesium Sharpener with its classic double hole wedge profile is one of their most popular sharpeners for everyday office and school use.

4.5. Kum 410-SG Magnesium Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 410-SG Magnesium sharpener (104.42.31) is a double hole sharpener with a wedge profile that has the sharpener’s holes adjacent to each other. It has the same profile as the Kum 420 sharpener and can sharpen pencils up to 8mm or 11mm in diameter. However, there are two main differences, the first is that the sharpener has a special Kuminox coating. This protects the sharpener’s magnesium surface keeping it in pristine condition and gives it a silky matt finish.

The other is that it has a “softie grip zone” which is essentially a grip area made from soft black foam rubber.

4.6. Kum 420 Magnesium Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 420 Magnesium Sharpener (104.07.31) is a single-hole sharpener with a rectangular block profile. Where this differs from the Kum 400-1 is that instead of the grip zone being a cut-out ridged area in the side of the sharpener. The 420 sharpeners grip zone is a series of horizontal ridges that run the full length of the side of the sharpener.

The Kum 420 can be used to sharpen standard-size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter. Kum also makes the 420E sharpener and the only difference between this and the 420 is that the E is supplied with 2 spare blades.

4.7. Kum 420-SG Magnesium Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 420-SG Magnesium Sharpener (104. 41.31) is a single hole sharpener with a rectangular block profile. It has the same profile as the Kum 420 sharpener but there are two main differences. The first is that the sharpener has a special Kuminox coating this protects the sharpener’s magnesium surface keeping it in pristine condition and gives it a silky matt finish.

The other is that it has a “softie grip zone” which is essentially a grip area made from soft black foam rubber. The Kum 420-SG can be used to sharpen standard-size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter.

4.8. Kum 425 Magnesium Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 425 Magnesium Sharpener (104.09.31) is a double hole sharpener with a rectangular block profile and the sharpener’s holes are at each end. The smaller diameter hole can be used to sharpen standard size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter. And the larger diameter hole can be used to sharpen oversized round or hexagonal shaped pencils with a barrel diameter up to 11mm.

The Kum 425 sharpener has a grip zone that is a series of horizontal ridges running down the full length of each side of the sharpener. Kum also makes the 425E sharpener and the only difference between this and the 425 is that the E is supplied with 2 spare blades.

5. Kum Plastic Bodied Pencil Sharpeners

Kum makes 3 plastic-bodied sharpeners for those who are on a budget. They may be cheaper to buy but they still use the same excellent sharpening blades that are fitted to their more expensive sharpeners.

5.1. Kum 100-K Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 100-K Sharpener (101.21.21) is a simple plastic bodied single hole sharpener with a thin wedge profile that can be used to sharpen standard size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter.

5.2. Kum 100-1 Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 100-1 Sharpener (101.02.21) is a single-hole sharpener with a rectangular block profile. It can be used to sharpen standard-size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter.

5.3. Kum 410K Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 410K Sharpener (101.05.21) is a double hole plastic-bodied sharpener with a wedge profile that has the sharpener’s holes adjacent to each other.

The smaller diameter hole can be used to sharpen standard size pencils with a round or hexagonal-shaped barrel up to 8mm in diameter. And the larger diameter hole can be used to sharpen oversized round or hexagonal shaped pencils with a barrel diameter up to 11mm.

6. Kum Long Point Pencil Sharpeners

Kum Long Point pencil sharpeners are widely regarded as the best long point sharpener in the world. Their main rival the Blackwing One Step long point pencil sharpener may be more aesthetically pleasing and have a big brand name attached to it. However, it is far more expensive and quite frankly nowhere near as good as any of the Kum Long Points.

The Kum long point sharpeners produce a superb long point on a pencil but as it is made from graphite it can be broken if dropped or just rolling about in a pencil case. I highly recommend using a pencil cap to protect the point of your pencil. Check out The 7 Best Pencil Caps to Protect Pencil Points for further information.

6.1. Kum Masterpiece Long Point Pencil Sharpener

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The Kum Masterpiece Long Point Pencil Sharpener (105.72.11) is the ultimate long point pencil sharpener and is favored by professional artists and draughtsmen. The Masterpiece produces the ultimate long point in a two-step process. The sharpener has two holes the first hole removes the wood and the second then sharpens the pencils lead to produce a superb long point lead. You can see the Kum Masterpiece in action in the following video.

As you are maybe able to see from the video the Kum Masterpiece Long Point pencil sharpener is made from magnesium and has a blue plastic end cover. If you want an even longer point, then you can carefully remove the end cover which exposes the sharp blades, and continue sharpening in hole 2 to get an even longer point.

6.2. Kum AS2 Long Point Pencil Sharpener

Perhaps the best known of all the Kum long point sharpeners is the Kum AS2 Long Point Sharpener (105.30.21). It is enclosed in a plastic case with a waste container with 2 sharpening holes and uses a 2-step sharpening procedure.

The pencil is put in hole 1 and turned which removes most of the wood from the core. Then the pencil is put into the second hole and turned to produce a lovely sharp long point. It can sharpen both round and hexagonal pencils and has an automatic brake to prevent oversharpening

6.3. Kum AS2M Long Point Pencil Sharpener

The Kum AS2M Long Point Pencil Sharpener (105.31.21) is enclosed in a plastic case with a waste container and is nearly identical to the Kum AS2 as it uses the same 2-step sharpening process. However, it has a very handy added functionality as it includes a lead pointer that can be used to sharpen 2mm and 3mm leads.

6.4. Kum 202-24 Stenograph Long Point Pencil Sharpener

The Kum Masterpiece may be the ultimate long point pencil sharpener however the Kum Stenograph (303.57.21) is a good quality single hole long point pencil sharpener and can be picked up for less than $5.00.

It is made from magnesium and has a single sharpening hole with a rectangular block profile. It also has a vertically ridged grip zone on each side of the sharpener that allows you to get a better grip and have more control when sharpening.

7. Kum Pencil Sharpeners with Waste Container

Kum makes a wide range of pencil sharpeners that have a waste container. They come in a variety of colors shapes and sizes and can either be single or double holed sharpeners. As for the sharpeners, some are plastic-bodied at the cheaper end and others are made from a magnesium alloy and are slightly more expensive.

7.1. Kum 4 in 1 Pencil Sharpener

Probably the most versatile Kum pencil sharpener (102.83.21) with a waste container is the Kum 4 in 1 pencil sharpener. It can sharpen all pencils from 7mm – 11mm in diameter. It is available in standard, pastel, and metallic colors.

7.2. Kum Cub3 Pencil Sharpener

The Kum Cub3 pencil sharpener (105.76.21) is ideal for desks as it has a handy square waste container and can pretty much sharpen everything you need to. It has a double hole sharpener that will sharpen pencils up to 8mm and 11mm and they have even built in a 3.2mm lead pointer.

7.3. Kum Glass Bottle Pencil Sharpener

The Kum Glass Bottle Pencil Sharpener has stood the test of time with its classic design. It has a single-hole high-quality magnesium sharpener built into its lid. The sharpener can sharpen pencils up to 8mm in diameter and the lid easily unscrews when you want to empty the shavings out of the jar.

7.4. Kum Pencil Pal Sharpener

The Kum Pencil Pal pencil sharpener (102.47.21) is another very popular sharpener. It has a large waste container to catch all the shavings and its flip hole cover keeps the shavings safely secured when the sharpener is not in use.

It is a double hole sharpener with a smaller hole suitable for standard-sized pencils up to 8 mm in diameter and the larger hole can sharpen pencils and crayons up to 12mm in diameter. It is also available in left-handed, pastel, and metallic versions.

7.5. Kum Softie Pencil Sharpener

The Kum Softie is one of their most popular sharpeners with its super squeezable waste container that has been constantly developed with the changes in technology since it was first launched over 50 years ago.

8. Kum Large Diameter Pencil Sharpeners

Kum makes 3 large diameter pencil sharpeners which will sharpen oversized or thick pencils such as those used by kindergartners. Check out the 10 best pencils for kindergarteners to see our recommendations. Each of the three sharpeners is designed for a different pencil diameter and these are 12mm, 16mm, and 17mm.

8.1. Kum Big 12R Large Diameter Pencil Sharpener

The Kum Big 12R Large Diameter Pencil Sharpener (303.60.21) is probably the most useful of the range it is a plastic-bodied sharpener and as the name suggests is used to sharpen pencils that are 12mm in diameter.

8.2. Kum Big 16R Large Diameter Pencil Sharpener

The Kum Big 12R Large Diameter Pencil Sharpener is a plastic-bodied sharpener and as the name suggests is used to sharpen pencils that are 16mm in diameter.

8.3. Kum 100-70 Large Diameter Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 100-70 Large Diameter Pencil Sharpener (105.01.21) is a plastic-bodied sharpener that is designed to sharpen pencils with a 17mm diameter.

9. Kum Colored Pencil Sharpeners

Kum makes two sharpeners that are suitable for sharpening colored pencils and a sharpener for wax crayons. Each sharpener is designed to sharpen different diameters.

9.1. Kum 208 Colored Pencil Sharpener

The Kum 208 Pencil Sharpener (102.72.21) is a dual-hole sharpener with a built-in waste container. It can sharpen color pencils up to 8mm in diameter and also color pencils with slightly wider barrels between 8 and 10mm in diameter. It can be used to sharpen triangular and hexagonal-shaped colored pencils.

9.2. Kum 218T Colored Pencil Sharpener

Kum 218T Colored Pencil Sharpener (105.04.71) is a dual function 2 holed sharpener. It has two sharpening holes one for regular pencils and the other for color pencils up to 8mm in diameter and has a built-in waste container.

9.3. Kum 226 Wax T Sharpener

The Kum 226 Wax T Sharpener (105.05.71) has been specially designed to sharpen wax crayons with a 12mm diameter. The sharpener has a built-in waste container and produces a nice rounded point.

10. Kum Lead Pointers

For those who are not familiar with what a lead pointer is they are a special type of sharpener that is used to sharpen the lead in clutch pencils which are also known as lead holders. This type of pencil is a mechanical pencil that typically contains either 2mm or 3.15mm lead. Pressing the button at the top of the pencil allows the lead to fall freely out of the end and this is rounded to a point using a lead pointer. Kum is renowned for the quality of its sharpening blades which makes the Kum lead pointers an excellent choice for artists and designers.

10.1. Kum 233 Lead Pointer

The Kum 233 lead pointer (303.58.21) is a simple and straightforward pointer that is used to round the end of a 2mm lead.

10.2. Kum 250 Lead Pointer

The Kum 250 Lead Pointer (105.11.21) can also be found branded as the “Easy Point” (105.71.12) it is the same pointer just sold in different packaging. whatever one you have they are a high-quality lead pointer with a waste container that can be used to round 2mm and 3.2mm leads to a point.

Discover How to Keep Your Pencils Sharp and Prevent Breakage — Art is Fun

There are some “kitchen” techniques that many artists have tried (some with success and some without) such as microwaving the colored pencils for 5-10 seconds or placing them in a warm oven for a few minutes. Alternatively, some artists report that freezing colored pencils makes them easier to sharpen (which certainly seems safer than popping the pencils in a microwave or oven). However, these techniques – particularly the ones involving microwaves or conventional ovens – come with risks. I haven’t tried any of the kitchen techniques myself so I can’t verify their effectiveness or suggest that you try them, so if you do try the microwave or oven technique, you do so at your own risk. Please exercise all caution and keep a close eye on the colored pencil at all times. Remember that all microwaves are different so what works for one person in their microwave might not work in yours. Also be aware that if your colored pencil is labelled with metallic lettering, this can cause sparks (or worse) in your microwave.

One Art-is-Fun visitor wrote in to say that she tried putting a Crayola colored pencil in her microwave to repair the broken lead, and reported: “After 8 seconds I opened the door to check, and smoke came pouring out of the microwave. The pencil had split end to end, and the bit of lead at one end was carbonized. At the other end, it had bulged out. The paint was blistered and missing in placed.” This is clearly an example of the microwave technique not working, and it’s lucky she checked on the colored pencil when she did. It’s up to you whether you want to take the risk.

Another visitor wrote in to say that, “Microwaving of pencils can work, but only if you put a container of water in with the pencil you are trying to mend. Even then it isn’t a 100% guarantee that it will work or that your pencil won’t suffer some damage, but your chances of success are much higher.”

It’s worth noting that the concept of microwaving broken colored pencils has become so widespread that Prismacolor answered a question about this in their website’s FAQ. They advise against putting their colored pencils in the microwave and instead provide the suggestion of placing the pencil in a warm sunny spot for a few minutes, which is certainly the safer option.

More tips for keeping your colored pencils in good, sharp condition:

7 Best Pencil Sharpeners for Classroom – Electric & Manual

As you know, I’m passionate about the uses of technology in the classroom. One item that seems to be left out most of the time but has a major role in the classroom is the humble pencil sharpener. It comes in the simplest hand-held design to a high-tech electric machine. There may come a day when we are a paperless society, but it isn’t today, and our students still need to learn how to write on paper.

Trial and error is a significant part of learning at any age, but it’s vital for elementary school children. Hence, the pencil and eraser. Keeping all the pencils in your class sharp can require strategic thinking. One sharpener in a classroom often becomes the proverbial water cooler in an office and is a place children congregate to whisper and share gossip.

In the past, students are given a small plastic or aluminum sharpener, which half of them promptly lose. So they borrow their friend’s or ask the teacher. Both scenarios are disruptive to the class, so I conducted deep research to find a solution. Here I’m going to address this problem with recommendations of different types of pencil sharpeners and some classroom organizational suggestions.

For those of you who need a quick overview, here are my top three recommendations for different uses. Below, I give detailed descriptions of seven sharpeners including more details about these three.

My Top Pick

Bostitch EPS11HC

  • Replaceable cutter
  • Suitable for colored pencils
  • Regulates the timing for sharpening
  • Quiet

Best for: If you only get one pencil sharpener for your classroom, this is the one to get. It regulates the timing for sharpening a pencil, which is a great advantage in a classroom because the students tend to over-sharpen pencils or just continue grinding to waste time and talk to their friends waiting in line.

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This is my top pick for several reasons, but the two main reasons are the blue light signifies the pencil is sharp, so children can’t stand there forever, and it’s quiet. This is important to me because some electric pencil sharpeners are so noisy they cut the concentration during a lesson.

Also Great

Bostitch MPS1-BLK

  • Can be permanently screwed in place or held in place with a clamp
  • Accommodation for 8 pencil sizes
  • Tip saver prevents over-sharpening

Best for: This is a good pencil sharpener if you don’t want the sound of an electric sharpener in your classroom. I prefer the electric model because it is fast, provides a sharp point and I can control it, so the sound isn’t a problem.

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This is basically a traditional manual pencil sharpener with a few added features. The best part for classroom use is the ease of removing the blades and cleaning. This is important for sharpening colored pencils, and I don’t think there is any point (no pun intended) in having a pencil sharpener that has a problem with colored pencils in a classroom.

Also Great

Pencil Sharpener, Manual and Electric

  • Switches between electric and mechanical sharpening
  • With three blades
  • The body is durable
  • Sharpens very quickly

Best for: I recommend this for normal math or writing lessons but not for art projects.

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This sharpener is small, portable and safe for a classroom of very young children who are still learning how to sharpen a pencil. It stops automatically when the pencil is sharp, so children can’t sharpen the pencil down to the end at one time. The shavings are easy to remove.

If you want more information about pencil sharpeners before making a choice, read on. I will give details about these sharpeners and others:

  1. QuietSharp Glow (Electric) →
  2. X-ACTO School Pro (Electric) →
  3. PowerMe (Electric) →
  4. Omitium (Electric) →
  5. Pencil Sharpener with Switching Modes (Manual and Electric) →
  6. Bostitch (Manual) →
  7. AFMAT (Manual) →

Why Are Electric Pencil Sharpeners so Useful?

Pencils, erasers and sharpeners are all an important part of a schoolchild’s life. Pencils and erasers are about the same as they have always been and don’t really need to be any different. But, pencil sharpeners are a different story. They have been upgraded by technology to make life easier for both students and teachers. Here’s proof:

  • They save time – Electric pencil sharpeners are very fast. Some will sharpen five pencils in the time it would take to sharpen one manually. In an office, time may be money, but in a classroom time has a different value. Children will waste time sharpening pencils, making a mess and take even more time cleaning it up. All of this reduces the amount of time they have with you.
  • They save money – How can a pencil sharpener save money? First of all, you only need one. You may have to buy small plastic or aluminum sharpeners throughout the year as they go missing. Also, since electric sharpeners work more efficiently, they save pencils. The point won’t break when you pull it out leaving a blunt edge that needs to be sharpened again.
  • They are efficient – You can set the sharpener and it will sharpen each pencil the right amount and stop. This stops students from reducing the pencil to the nub trying to get the perfect point.
  • They are easy to maintain – Most electric sharpeners have replaceable parts, so you can replace the blade when it gets old and dull. With a conventional sharpener, you have to discard it and buy a new one.
  • They collect the shavings – With a collection chamber that holds up to 50 pencils’ dust, you only have to empty it once in a while and you never have shavings on desks, the floor or mixed with supplies.

Here are the results of my research into the best electric pencil sharpeners for teachers that are available today. My focus, of course, is in the classroom, but each of these is suitable for home or office.

1. Bostitch QuietSharp Glow Electric Pencil Sharpener

This is an electric pencil sharpener that has some great features. It has a ring around the sharpener’s face that glows blue when the pencil is sharp. This tells the teacher and the students waiting in line that the pencil is sharp. The cutter can be removed for cleaning without any tool. It has a large capacity shaving tray and you don’t need to replace the sharpener after years of service, you can just replace the cutter. The sharpener is suitable for multiple pencil sizes. It weighs 4.34 pounds and the dimensions are 10.6 x 6.1 x 9 inches.



  • Will sharpen a lot of pencils without overheating
  • Long cutting life with an extra hardened helical cutter
  • Auto-sharp prevents damage when removing the pencil
  • Suction cups on the bottom for stability


  • It’s big and heavy, but the suction cups keep it anchored

Unique specifications: Antimicrobial protected – Children (and adults) tend to put pencils in their mouths. Some pencils are covered with teeth marks. As we have learned in the past few months, this can actually be very dangerous. Antimicrobial protection is truly unique and a great addition.

Best for: The fact that this heavy-duty sharpener will cut colored pencils is a big bonus. Other products may claim to cut colored pencils and end up with sticky color on the blades that is difficult to remove. With this sharpener, the blades are very easy to remove, clean and replace making it great for colored pencils. This is important in my class because we use a lot of colored pencils instead of costlier sketch pens.

This is a short demonstration video without talking. The pencil sharpener is easy to use with no set-up required. Just watch this video and you will be on your way.

2. X-ACTO School Pro Electric Pencil Sharpener

This device was designed for the classroom. The life of the blade is 33-times longer than conventional sharpeners. It is the most powerful on the market and easily sharpens a high volume of pencils and stands up to wear and tear. The motor is quiet. The sharpener is suitable for high-quality colored pencils. It has a patented system that stops the machine when the pencil is sharpened. The pencil points are slightly rounded to be safe for young school children. It is adjustable to six pencil sizes. The weight is one pound and the dimensions are 8.5 x 8 x 5.7 inches.


  • Auto-reset prevents overheating
  • Will does not work when the shaving receptacle is removed


  • Does not sharpen low-quality colored pencils
  • Several reviews say it tends to break down within a year

Unique specifications: When this device is plugged in, it has no electrical draw until it is used. This is a safety feature for a classroom. Environmentally-friendly power saver.

Best for: This heavy-duty sharpener is suitable for sharpening a huge batch of pencils at a time. If you have several boxes of good-quality colored pencils for your next art project, this is the machine for you.

This is a short video that explains the features and benefits of this sharpener. I recommend you watch it because this device was specifically designed to meet the needs of a classroom.

3. PowerMe Electric Pencil Sharpener

This device is manufactured from high-quality materials and built to last. It promises 3,000 uses without wearing out. The blade is ultra-durable stainless steel and takes only three seconds for one use. It’s small and lightweight, so it easily fits into a bag and can be used anywhere as it is powered by four AA batteries that are not included. The sharpener is suitable for high-quality colored pencils. It has a large transparent shaving reservoir The weight is eight ounces and the dimensions are 3 x 2.2 x 4.8 inches.


  • Will does not work with the lid removed for safety
  • Will sit anywhere because isn’t plugged in


  • Doesn’t stop when the pencil is sharp
  • Should not be used on colored pencils with wax-based color
  • Doesn’t work well on pencils with very dull or broken heads

Unique specifications: It has an automatic jam release system, so pencils can’t get stuck

Best for: If you take your class outdoors for drawing or science projects, this is a good sharpener. It’s small, lightweight and easy to carry in a bag.

Watch this short video to see the features and how the sharpener works.

4. Omitium Electric Pencil Sharpener

This is a very powerful sharpener that is portable. It is suitable for all types of colored pencils and the blades are easy to clean. It sharpens more than 3,000 times with each pencil taking five – 10 seconds. It has a large shaving reservoir and a non-slip pad on the bottom, which helps reduce the sound and keep it in place. The sharpener is heavy-duty and suitable for a large volume of pencils. It weighs 12.3 ounces and the dimensions are 5.5 x 3.5 x 2.7 inches.



  • Comes with a brush to clean the blades
  • Auto-stop for safety


  • The motor is loud
  • The shaving reservoir is hard to open

Unique specifications: It has optional power supplies. It comes with an AC adapter or uses four AA batteries that are not included. Has a built-in pencil holder.

Best for: This is a good device for an art teacher. If you don’t use very many colored pencils in your class, you may not need this feature as it is one of its main selling points.

5. Pencil Sharpener with Switching Modes – Manual and Electric

This sharpener works automatically when you push the pencil in and works manually if you put the pencil in and rotate it. It takes three to five seconds to sharpen a pencil. When sharpening, you may need to hold on to the sharpener because it is very light and not very stable.

It requires two AA batteries that are not included. The weight is four ounces and the dimensions are 3 x 2.7 x 2.6 inches.



  • Comes with two extra blades
  • Three sharpening settings
  • Stops when the pencil is sharp


  • Some reviews say it has low power and doesn’t sharpen well
  • Not very easy to clean the blade
  • You need to hold down the case while you are cranking

Unique specifications: It has a safety switch that blocks the sharpening hole. This makes it great for nursery or kindergarten-aged children as they can’t stick their little fingers into the hole.

Best for: This small, portable pencil sharpener works on battery so you can take it with you. It is a good piece of equipment for an art teacher. It will sharpen colored pencils, but as we already know, colored pencils contain wax that may clog the blades that periodically require cleaning. This model is not so easy to clean as the above models.

What About Mechanical Pencil Sharpeners?

There is a big demand for electric pencil sharpeners because they are fast, efficient and clean. But the electric engines make noise, some less than others, and this can be a big disturbance in a classroom.

The two main types of mechanical pencil sharpeners are bladed and rotary.

Bladed – This type uses wedge technology to cut the pencil. It works like a sword or razor. The wedge transfers the horizontal push of the handle into a vertical force to shave the pencil. In a small hand-held sharpener, it haves the pencil as you turn it.

Source: Wikimedia “Bladed pencil sharpener” – Under Creative Commons license

Rotary – this is the type you may have used during your elementary school days. You stick the pencil on one side and turn the crank on the other side. Two cylindrical cutting blades are at 23-degree angles to each other. They cut your pencil into a conical shape. This type is also called helical sharpeners.

Source: Wikimedia “Rotary pencil sharpener” – Under Creative Commons license

Some of the main benefits of mechanical sharpeners are:

  • They cost less
  • They are virtually silent
  • They can sharpen with remarkable precision
  • They are easy to use

Here are the results of my research into the best manual pencil sharpeners for classroom use:

6. Bostitch Metal Antimicrobial Manual Pencil Sharpener

This is an all-metal sharpener that should stand up to heavy usage in a classroom. The cutter is easy to remove without the need for a tool for cleaning. It is also antimicrobial protected.

The weight is 12 ounces and the dimensions are 5.4 x 2.7 x 4.3 inches.



  • Suitable for eight sizes of pencils
  • The cutter can be removed and cleaned without a tool
  • Includes screws for quick mounting horizontally or diagonally


  • The selector wheel is small and difficult to move
  • Sometimes only sharpens half the pencil

Unique specifications: Adjustable tip selection for a pointed or blunt tip – this is great for colored pencils. My students use a lot of colored pencils and a blunt tip is much more convenient for drawing and coloring than a very sharp point.

Best for: This is a good manual sharpener for those of you who can’t stand the sound of an electric sharpener. It also has Tip Saver technology to stop the cutting when the pencil is sharp, so children can’t grind the pencil to nothing in one go.

The sharpener is pretty self-explanatory, but this video gives a lively explanation of how to attach the sharpener, clean it and use it. It just takes a few minutes, and I recommend you watch it.

7. AFMAT Pencil Sharpener

This is a long-point mechanical sharpener. You may not be aware of what it is. I wasn’t. It gives a needle-sharp, extra-long point for artists. It comes with instructions because it doesn’t work as a conventional sharpener. It works with graphite, charcoal, watercolor pencils, colored pencils with soft leads. This means no wax pencils.

The mechanism has an auto-stop feature while you are grinding, it will become difficult and almost stop when the pencil is sharp. The pencil point is about 25mm long. The weight is 9.1 ounces and the dimensions are


  • The bottom has a non-slip pad
  • You will need to sharpen your pencils fewer times
  • The point is long-lasting


  • The auto-stop feature doesn’t always work

Unique specifications: You can change the sharpness of the point by rotating the handle knob. Short pencils will easily come out by reversing the crank.

Best for: This is definitely for an art class. The long, sharp point is intended for sketching and shading.

This video is worth watching to give you an idea of this unusual type of pencil sharpener before you buy it.

How to Choose the Best Pencil Sharpener for Your Classroom

School children use pencil sharpeners several times every day. As already mentioned, the pencil sharpener can be a gathering spot for children to whisper, giggle and generally waste time. But, they need good tools to do their work, and a sharp pencil is one of the main tools they need. Here are a few tips to consider when you want to purchase a new pencil sharpener for your classroom.

  • Power – Decide if you want manual or electric. Most teachers prefer electric because it gives them more control over the device. The one I like lights up when the pencil is sharp and stops working. This is good because the student can’t stand there forever grinding down their pencil.
  • Size – The sizes range from the smallest pocket models to large, heavy devices. The larger models will accommodate several size pencils, usually from six to eight different sizes. They are also heavy-duty and can handle a large volume of pencil sharpening. This is why the larger models are more suitable for a classroom. Small pocket-sized sharpeners are good, but as I said earlier, they tend to get lost or disappear, and you need to keep buying them. But, you can always tell your students, if they lose them, they are responsible for replacing them. However, this doesn’t always work.
  • Safety – If your students are going to operate the pencil sharpener, it needs to be safe to operate. That’s why I like one that turns off when the pencil is sharp. It also won’t run when the shaving reservoir is removed. For the youngest students, they shouldn’t be able to put their fingers in the hole.
  • Type of pencils – If you plan to only sharpen the usual No. 2 graphite pencil, you can choose any sharpener. If you are an art teacher, you should select one that will sharpen all types of colored pencils such as the AFMAT Pencil Sharpener. If you plan to sharpen conventional classroom colored pencils, you should get one that has removable blades or that is easy to clean.


✔ What is an antimicrobial pencil sharpener?
A pencil sharpener is called antimicrobial if it chews away the outer coating of the graphite inside the pencil to release a powerful antibiotic. The antibiotic is embedded in the pencil and can kill E. coli bacteria. I think this a great invention and worth every penny. In most classrooms, pencils and fingers go in mouths, so having a sharpener that kills the bacteria is worthwhile.

✔ What is the best pencil sharpener for colored pencils?
Most ordinary colored pencils used in classrooms are made with wax. This can stick to the blades and cause them to be dull. After sharpening many colored pencils you need to clean the blade. That’s one of the main reasons I like the Bostitch Antimicrobial QuietSharp Glow Extra Heavy Duty Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener. The blade is easy to wipe clean.

✔ Can a pencil sharpener sharpen standard-sized crayons?
If there are two holes in a manual pencil sharpener, the larger hole can be used to sharpen wax-based crayons. It is meant for softer material, but oil-based crayons will clog the sharpener. You may need to use a bit of isopropanol alcohol and a toothbrush to gently brush the wood shavings that have become stuck to the blade because of oil-based crayon debris.

Final Thoughts

Pencil sharpening was a messy and time-consuming activity in my classroom before I got an electric sharpener. I had no idea there were so many types of sharpeners until I started my research. This blog is intended to save you time when you are looking for the best sharpener for your classroom.

Last Updated on June 25, 2021 by Emily

Double Essence Pencil Sharpener

A pencil sharpener – an accessory that every girl who has pencils available.

Cosmetic pencils are very different, they differ both in texture (powdered, gel, oily, dry) and in purpose (for eyes, lips, eyebrows, kayala pencils).

In terms of size, pencils are mostly standard size, as we are used to seeing them, or large pencils.The pencil case sometimes comes with a sharpener in the form of a cap, but not every pencil has one, so the universal essence sharpener comes to the rescue here. With it, the pencils will be perfectly sharpened, which means that the likelihood of successful makeup increases several times.

Sharpening of a cosmetic pencil is especially relevant when performing eye makeup in pencil technique and when drawing arrows; in these cases, the quality of the makeup and the aesthetics of the arrows depend on a well-sharpened pencil.

Packing: Plastic with metal blade. The sharpener is available in multi-colored cases. It has a special cover for cut off chips, a cleaning stick, the body can be disassembled.

How to use: The sharpener has two compartments. One is for sharpening standard sized pencils, the other for large pencils. Often, users are unhappy with the inaccessibility of large-diameter pencil sharpeners.The duo sharpener is easy to tidy up any pencils of any age. Even the “oldies” will look like new after getting to know this sharpener.

To breathe new life into your pencil, insert the tip into the sharpener compartment and gently twist it several times to the desired degree of sharpening. Usually, two to four turns are enough for good sharpening. This sharpener does not break pencils, the lead stays even and smooth without any kinks or burrs in the rod.It even copes with sharpening base pencils and eyeshadow pencils, for example, accurately sharpening eyeshadow in the form of a pencil.

Why buy a duo sharpener pencil sharpener in the MakeColor online store:

1. Universal diameters of the sharpener are suitable for cosmetic pencils of any size;

2. This sharpener does not spoil the quality of pencils;

3. For perfect sharpening, a few rotations are enough;

4.Various colors of sharpener bodies for every taste;

5. Country of origin – Germany.

Make-up artists have a belief that any pencils and accessories made in this country are of high quality. This sharpener is another confirmation of this.

90,000 Review of the best pencil sharpeners in 2021

Getting a good sharpener is important not only for pupils for fine arts lessons and artists, but also for office workers.A poor quality tool will spoil the drawing and drawing items, so the choice of the device must be considered carefully.

Let’s consider the existing varieties of pencil sharpeners, and also find out which ones are considered the most popular.

History of origin

Before the invention of the sharpener, it was possible to sharpen a pencil only with a penknife, but it was inconvenient and traumatic.

The shaving device appeared only in 1828, thanks to the mathematician from France Bernard Lassimon.It was he who first patented the invention.

Later, in 1855, this item was patented in America and since 1860 it was improved: a special holder and a cleaning element appeared. In 1917, an instrument with an electrical mechanism was created.

Sharpeners of that time were large and heavy due to the cast iron or steel material of manufacture. Currently, a huge selection of items for shavings is provided, differing in appearance, size, blade quality, as well as trademarks.

What types are there

Depending on the working mechanism, two types of tools are distinguished: mechanical and electric sharpeners. Let’s consider them in more detail.

Mechanical models

They are easy to use and safe. They produce small-sized models, which allows you to carry them with you and use them if necessary. The material of manufacture is plastic or metal.

There is a model range both without a special container for waste collection, and with it.In addition, power tools have several holes in the design for different pencil diameters. The simplest products of this kind are quite inexpensive.

Pupils use sharpeners when performing tasks at school, therefore manufacturers provide attention to models in various colors or in the form of toys. For the safety of young users, tabletop tools with an existing handle have been developed. With the help of rotation, the process of removing chips occurs, so the likelihood of damage to the blade is minimal.

There is also a large selection for work in the office area. Enterprises often use large rather than pocket models.

The durability of the product depends on how high quality materials were used to create it. In addition to the sharp blade, due attention is also paid to the case – the stronger it is, the longer the sharpening tool will last.

Electric Models

Such types, in contrast to mechanical ones, fulfill their purpose faster.You can sharpen a pencil with an electric sharpener in 3-5 seconds. On sale there are both a children’s model range and for professional use.

Produce tools from high strength plastic. Carbon steel is used to make the blade. Some models have a function to automatically start or stop the device.

Electric sharpeners work thanks to batteries, via the USB port or when connected to the mains. Many models do not include batteries, so this fact should be taken into account when purchasing the device.

The disadvantage of this type of sharpener is the noisy operation of the device. But taking into account the speed of the instrument, this disadvantage is insignificant.

Models of electric sharpeners are equipped with a container for collecting waste, which is easy to clean. In addition, some types of devices are equipped with additional functional characteristics – the presence of a compartment for other office supplies. For high-quality fixation on the table surface, it is equipped with a special mount.

The automatic sharpener also has several holes for different pencil sizes.More expensive models are equipped with a special fan to prevent overheating of the motor mechanism.

Thanks to this versatility, the cost of such a tool is much higher than conventional mechanical sharpeners.

What criteria should be used to choose a sharpener

Before purchasing a product, you need to familiarize yourself with the main criteria that are responsible for product quality. This information will help you not to make a mistake when choosing a product.

Budget models will not have the qualities of a good sharpener.Therefore, when choosing, you need to weed out immediately inexpensive sharpeners: they usually serve for a short time or they can break a pencil, and not sharpen.

Criteria for purchasing a power tool

First, you need to pay attention to the design – it must be durable, made of high-quality material, not emit extraneous sounds when used. The blade mount is not wobbly, sharp corners in no way protrude beyond the body.

If the model has a chip container, make sure it closes tightly.Otherwise, its contents will constantly spill out.

It is advisable to familiarize yourself with the brands that make sharpeners before buying. The more positive reviews a company has, the more likely it is to purchase a high-quality product.

Criteria for purchasing an electric tool

If the buyer decided to purchase an automatic device, then there are already many more nuances that are worth paying attention to.

For office work, a model that works from a network or a USB port is more suitable.Manufacturers provide more professional models that can operate on mains and batteries at the same time.

In enterprises with a large number of employees, such a tool will be used often, therefore, buying a model that runs on batteries will not be economically viable. For home use, you can choose a device with any type of power supply.

For tabletop models, a stable position on the surface is very important. Therefore, you need to check the bottom of the sharpener: a high-quality fastening will prevent it from sliding on the table.Typically brands use rubberized or silicone feet to prevent slipping.

High-carbon steel is used as a material for making a high-quality blade. If stainless steel is used, this sharpener will inevitably be short-lived.

In addition to the blade, the body must also be of excellent quality. A prerequisite for the material of manufacture is strength and shock resistance. In case of careless movement, there is a possibility of the electric sharpener falling off the table.If the case is of poor quality, then the tool will not withstand such falls and will become unusable.

Electric chip tools can have an automatic start and stop function. To sharpen a pencil, it must be lowered into the hole and the process will start on its own, when the pressure is released, the cutter stops. This significantly affects safety: the risk of injury from the blade is minimal.

Electric tools make loud noises during operation, which may be disturbing, for example, for office workers.Therefore, before purchasing, you should pay attention to the noise of the product and choose the quietest instrument.

There are a lot of companies that produce stationery. Therefore, it is better to first familiarize yourself with their names and reviews. After studying the opinions of other buyers, it will be much easier to make a choice when buying.

Where to buy

If you need to buy a sharpener or other office supplies, the easiest way is at an office supply store.In it, you can see the product more closely, check the quality and draw a comparative analogy with all the models present. But usually the choice in the clerical departments is small and you will have to choose the best only from what is available.

If the provided models do not suit you for any reason, then you should contact the online store. It provides a huge number of tools of different types and in different colors. New items constantly appear and are presented to the attention of buyers.Detailed descriptions and product characteristics will answer all questions from users of the site.

When buying a product via the Internet, you can set all the criteria necessary for selection: price (from budget to expensive), what kind, manufacturer and other interesting nuances. Such a function will significantly reduce the time it takes to find the right option. In addition, the user may be interested in similar drawing goods: paper, scissors and other materials.

You can also buy a sharpener in a set with other accessories.Such a kit may include spare blades, an eraser, pencils.

On the site you can read customer reviews about a particular brand. If the products are of poor quality, the rating of this company will be low and it will be irrational to be interested in its products. Buyers’ opinions have a big impact on manufacturers.

After the choice is made, you can contact the seller if you have any questions, place an order online and wait for the delivery of the selected product.

Most popular sharpener brands

Before choosing a tool according to certain customer criteria, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the most famous manufacturers of office supplies.After reviewing them, it will be much easier to exclude unknown brands.

A well-known German company that produces office supplies, school supplies, as well as products for the implementation of creative and artistic processes. On the territory of Russia, this brand began to provide its services in 2000 and in a short period of time has won the attention of a large audience.

Russian manufacturer that specializes in goods for children.

Also a domestic brand that started its activity back in 1997.Provides the attention of buyers with all kinds of office products and stationery. In addition to high quality, it sets a completely inexpensive cost for your product.

Another trade mark from Russia. The company began its production in 1994 and is currently considered the most recognizable brand, according to buyers.

A brand from Taiwan that has been in the stationery market since 1976. For the production of stationery, this brand uses the latest equipment and technologies, which allows it to produce only high-quality goods.

This brand manufactures its products in Europe and Asia. Environmentally friendly materials are used for production. You can buy writing and office products of this brand, as well as creative and school supplies.

German trade mark, which was founded in 1761. Produces both stationery and products for artists. It is considered a rather expensive brand, but fully justified by its quality.

Russian manufacturer that has been operating since 2005.It differs from other brands in a wide variety of product designs.

This brand specializes in the sale of office supplies. Has an interesting design of products that attracts the attention of buyers.

A German company widely known for its excellent product quality. It has existed since 1835, the products produced have an average price range.

After getting acquainted with the famous trading companies for the production of stationery, it will be much easier to make the right choice when buying.

90,050 Rating of the best sharpeners according to users in 2021

As we have found out, tools for sharpening are of a mechanical and electrical principle of operation. Let’s review which manufacturers and models are considered the best and most demanded.

The best mechanical types of sharpeners

ErichKrause 6798

This tabletop model is designed for pencils up to 8 mm in diameter and has one hole.The blade is made of high quality carbon steel in a spiral shape. Made of plastic material, contains one waste container. In addition, it has a special clamp for surface mounting.

ErichKrause 6798


  • A renowned brand that stands out for its quality;
  • Durable construction materials;
  • Thanks to the fastening, it stands firmly on the surface.


  • High cost.

KW-triO 305A small

This tabletop sharpener has an automatic pencil feed function. Made of durable plastic, it has one container for collecting waste and one hole that can be adjusted to the required diameter – 7 or 8 mm. Table mount included.

KW-triO 305A small


  • Quality production;
  • Availability of hole adjustment.


  • Not found.

KW-triO 30FA

Benchtop plastic tool has one container and one opening that can be adjusted from standard to large sizes. It also has the function of adjusting the degree of sharpening. Surface mount included.

KW-triO 30FA


  • High quality blade;
  • Long service life;
  • Ability to chip different diameters;
  • Good fastening.


  • After sharpening, dent marks remain on the wooden base of the pencil.

Berlingo Panda

The standard sharpener in the shape of a funny bear will attract the attention of any child. Designed for standard 8mm pencils with trash bin. Included in the middle price category.

Berlingo Panda


  • Attractive appearance;
  • Ease of use;
  • Convenient handle for rotating.


  • Not found.

Faber-Castell Ladybug

Another model with a cute design. It differs in the presence of two holes, and there is also an eraser in the set.

Faber-Castell Ladybug


  • Low cost;
  • Beautiful design;
  • Eraser included.


  • Not found.


Simple but very popular sharpener. There is one hole and a container.



  • Low price;
  • Interesting design.


  • Low-quality plastic housing.

Faber-Castell Sleeve

Practical tool with chip waste compartment and two different hole sizes.

Faber-Castell Sleeve


  • Easy-to-use handle;
  • Average price.


  • Short service life.

Faber-Castell Trio Grip 2001

A distinctive feature from the rest of the listed tools is that this model has three holes (2 standard and one for thick sizes) and 2 containers for collecting the resulting garbage.

Faber-Castell Trio Grip 2001


  • Additional openings and containers;
  • High quality blade;
  • Ease of use.


  • Often breaks at the fold at the joint.

Staedtler 510 20

Inexpensive but high quality tool. Has two holes, but no container.

Staedtler 510 20


  • Small size;
  • Sharp blade.


  • No trash compartment.

Staedtler 510 10

Another item from this brand, but only in one pencil size.

Staedtler 510 10


  • Sharp blade;
  • Metal body.


  • No trash bin.

Now let’s look at the rating of the most popular electric sharpener models. What are the advantages and disadvantages of more advanced sharpening tools.

Best Electric Sharpeners

Attache Selection

This model is considered the most demanded and often requested among buyers in 2021.Made of high quality plastic and blade, it has a container and a hole with the ability to adjust the diameter. A small compartment is designed to store a small amount of pencils. It has the function of automatic start and stop. Powered by mains, the package includes a 152 cm cord.

Attache Selection


  • Savings on battery replacement;
  • Excellent sharpening quality;
  • Sharpens pencil instantly.


  • High cost.


Austere and interesting design at the same time. Hones quickly, working time – 3 seconds. The set includes a replaceable blade. The hole is for standard size chips.



  • Instantly fulfills its purpose;
  • Low cost;
  • Additional blade.


  • Hole for pencils up to 8 mm.

Jik-Turbo Optima

Cope with the most brittle pencils with a spiral blade. The sharpening connector is recommended for standard sizes up to 8 mm. Made of high quality plastic material, powered by AA batteries not included.

Jick-Turbo Optima


  • Easy to use;
  • Beautiful design and a variety of colors of the electric sharpener.


  • Requires the use of 4 powerful batteries;
  • Not suitable for thick pencils;
  • High cost.

Attache Selection Expert

This plastic product has one sharpening hole, but with the ability to adjust it up to 11 mm. In addition to the waste container after the shavings, there is a small compartment for pencils. Works from the network, additional functions include autostart and autostop, as well as a switch if it does not work properly.The special coating on the bottom of the tool prevents it from sliding on the surface.

Attache Selection Expert


  • Pencils from poor wood lend themselves to shavings;
  • Additional adapter included;
  • Stylish design.


  • High cost of the product.

BRAUBERG Penguin 223569

This chip tool is perfect as a gift for your child.Perfectly safe for small children, it works both on batteries and from a USB port.

BRAUBERG Penguin 223569


  • Beautiful design;
  • Fast work.


  • High cost.

KW-triO 3252

The tabletop electric sharpener is powered by the mains, has one container for shavings and a hole for standard pencils.In addition, it has a special indicator that shows the degree of sharpening.

KW-triO 3252


  • Small product size;
  • Anti-slip table cover;
  • Mains operation.


  • Very high cost.

Brauberg 227565

Made in a business style and made of the highest quality materials.The work is carried out both from batteries and from the network. Thanks to a special interlock, it does not start working when the waste container is open or removed. Rubberized feet prevent movement on the surface.

Brauberg 227565


  • Copes quickly with poor quality pencils;
  • The finest materials are used for manufacturing;
  • Bulky container.


  • Insufficient motor power;
  • No auto-stop function.

Jungland Stars 228425

Standard model with one hole for regular sizes and a container. Powered by AA batteries.

Jungland Stars 228425


  • Colorful design;
  • Low cost.


  • No batteries included.

Berlingo Power TX

Battery operated, with two holes for different diameters.Made of durable plastic material.

Berlingo Power TX


  • Two holes for standard and large sizes;
  • Low cost;
  • Easy to use.


  • No batteries included.

Berlingo Owl

Very child-friendly design. Safe to use, battery operated.

Berlingo Owl


  • Beautiful appearance;
  • Low price;
  • Quality blade.


  • Not found.

After a review of the best, according to users, sharpeners, it becomes much easier to decide on the choice. If the device will be used at home, then it is not advisable to take an expensive option.When working in office buildings, sharpeners will often be in work, so it is more profitable to purchase products that work from the mains. Moreover, the process of shaving a pencil with a mechanical product will take longer. To save it, an electric sharpener will be an excellent purchase.

Pencil sharpener, mechanical sharpener, sharpener with container

You can buy a sharpener of high quality, sharp, reliable, beautiful, convenient, plastic or metal, large or small, simple or mechanical in our online stationery store “KANTS-LINE” in Crimea.

The introduction of sharpeners in 1828 almost eradicated the process of sharpening pencils with a knife, as was done originally. In most cases, nowadays, simple or mechanical sharpeners are used. But drawing pencils are still sharpened with knives, since the pencil lead must be sufficiently bare and very sharp.

Sharpeners nowadays are so convenient that even a small child can sharpen a pencil. To prevent children from littering in the classroom, as well as for convenience, sharpeners are made with a special container for shavings.Double sharpeners, designed for pencils of different thicknesses. Sharpeners with container and eraser, three in one. Ribbed sharpeners so that they do not fall out of the hands and scroll with ease. Sharpeners for large children’s pencils.

Forms for sharpeners come up with various forms, a sharpener globe, a mechanical sharpener apple, a sharpener in the form of a music box, a sharpener helicopter, a house, triangular sharpeners, a sharpener in the form of a jar of juice, a sharpener capsule, a sharpener beetle, etc.

Mechanical sharpeners are much more convenient and faster than ordinary ones.You need to twist the handle and the pencil is ready to write. This version of sharpeners is larger and is not always convenient to carry in a bag or briefcase. The place for such sharpeners is on the table at home, they can cope with any number of pencils without effort and effort.

Available: metal sharpener “Basir”; double metal sharpener “WorkMate”; double, round, plastic sharpener with container, assorted colors; colored, plastic sharpener-stand Rybka, “Josef Otten”; colored, plastic sharpener-stand Turtle, “Josef Otten”; transparent plastic sharpener with container “Attomex” mechanical, plastic sharpener cat “Josef Otten”; mechanical, plastic sharpener Helicopter, etc.

When choosing sharpeners in our online stationery store in Crimea, pay attention to pencils, leads for mechanical pencils, erasers, pencil cases, rulers and scissors. A huge assortment is available in the warehouses of Sevastopol and Simferopol. Stationery wholesale and retail at affordable prices. Register on our stationery website and purchase products at special prices and offers. If you have any questions, call, and our managers will answer all your questions.

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