Pencil sharpeners are pretty lame right? The generic pencil sharpener is one dollar. Does it even matter which sharpener you use?
Here are 3 clear indications that you need to replace your pencil sharpener:
- The lead cracks during sharpening
- The wood casing begins to splinter at the tip (or worse the crack extends down the pencil)
- Signs of increased resistance while rotating the pencil during sharpening
Pencil sharpeners recently came up when my go-to sharpener started failing me. For those curious, it’s Staedtler Double-hole Tub Pencil Sharpener. Never in my life have I used a pencil sharpener to the point that I needed to look for replacement blades (typically I lose them within a year). To my surprise I found out that Staedtler does not sell replacement blades. And with a bit more research, I learned that the vast majority of companies do not sell blades. Most companies make slight modifications to their blades so that a generic blade would not be compatible with their specific model.
I came to the realization that I had a replacement blade already. The larger of the two sharpeners was never used so that blade was basically brand new. I swapped out the blades between the 8 mm and 10.5 mm sharpeners and voila! Problem solved. The only tool required was a standard Phillips screwdriver.
In my last Dick Blick shipment I ordered a random sharpener I came across made by a company called Kum. They made a special long point sharpener and have a 2-step method to sharpening to get the finest point I’ve ever seen. So, I had to try it. And after I got it, I realized that making a pencil sharpener review might be something interesting to document.
For comparison, I’ve sharpened 3 Prismacolor pencils and 3 Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils with each of my pencil sharpeners.
If I had to pick just one, I would choose the Staedtler because it’s the most reliable one that I can trust to throw in my bag and go. Although I do enjoy the very fine tip I can achieve from the Kum sharpener, I can only really take advantage of this feature with my Luminance pencils. Currently the majority of my works are done in Prismacolor so I don’t find myself reaching for the Kum sharpener.
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