The bad news is that my crappy little hold-between-two-fingers sharpener had gone missing, and it was high time I had something that actually worked. In my lifetime, I've used everything from a pocket knife to an industrial grade electric sharpener, and I thought what I wanted for home use was a nice little electric sharpener that did the job, and did the job well. Easy to find, one would think, yes?
Not according to all of the reviews I researched...and I even visited office supply stores! And I did NOT want to pay $50 for something that had mixed reviews, especially when most of the reviews were WAY less than positive.
And then I found this little puppy:
Classroom Friendly Supplies. Great reviews across the board! It's available in "groovy green" (which is a bit more of a true green than my pictures indicate), "firehouse red", "cool blue" and "midnight black". It was a hard choice, but groovy green won out (who can resist something groovy, after all?)
It arrived today - who knew I could be so excited about a pencil sharpener arriving?? I'm sorry that the only ones home to share my enthusiasm were my cats, and they didn't really get it, so I'll share with you instead.
Points!!! Pencil points!!! SHARP pencil points!!!!
I mean, we are talking REALLY long, sharp points. I don't think my picture does the length of these points justice. Awesomeness in a pencil point.
You can clamp this sharpener on to a desk or shelf, but this isn't really necessary, because there is a clamping mechanism that holds the pencil steady and feeds it in to the sharpening gears, so you can hold on to the sharpener while you crank the handle. The clamping mechanism feeds the pencil in, and when it's done, it's done. No over-sharpening and waste. More awesomeness!
Here's a pencil as you place it into the clamp, which is fully extended.
(Note the desk clamp lying underneath the pencil - I may find a permanent home for the sharpener in the sewing room, but leaving it portable is a pretty nice option)
The clamp moves in to the sharpener as you crank the handle and the pencil gets sharpened.
And don't you love the fact that there is no confusion about what it is -
the red label on top declares to the world that this little guy is proud of what he is!
Other points [koffkoff, get it?]:
- The body and most of the parts are metal, with only a few plastic parts, including the shavings holder, the "ears" on the clamps, and a couple of the handle parts.
- The Blade, the shavings holder, and the desk clamp are all available as replacement parts.
- If you're a teacher or someone else who needs a large quantity, discounts are available (starting at packs of 3)
- Some reviewers had minor quibbles about the fact that the clamp leaves a couple of teeny tiny bites in the pencil side, but seriously? It's a PENCIL! They get "bite marks"!
- It works well on a variety of pencil sizes - the skinniest and fattest pencils in my stash were all sharpened equally well.
- No electricity needed!
- It's just so darned cute!
And the moulage project that started it all:
Sharp pencil, anyone?
Two thumbs up!
I think that the only place to order them is at the Classroom Friendly website, at a cost of $24.95 (free shipping). I found some for sale at Amazon, (cheaper), but they appear to be a cheaper knockoff, so caveat emptor - look closely at the details and you can see the difference.
(Note: I'll do a blog post about the moulage process if-I-mean-WHEN I finish - now that I have SHARP pencils I'm ready to have another go at it) :)