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CARL Angel-5 Pencil Sharpener, Red

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Price: $25.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
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  • Automatically draws pencil in and stops sharpening when tip is achieved.
  • Two-handed operation. Portable. Desk clamp included.
  • ABS plastic parts are strong, durable, colorfast and recyclable.
  • Tool steel rotary cutter good for 5,000 uses - Deli replacement cutter #0692 available.
  • Quiet operation - just avoid using on a resonating surface!

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Product Information

Color: RED
Technical Details
Brand NameCarl
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions4.9 x 2.9 x 5.2 inches
Material Typesteel & ABS plastic (body), tool steel (rotary cutter)
Manufacturer Part NumberDeli E0620 or Carl A5
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #3,302 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableMarch 1, 2011

Product Description

Color: RED

Accommodates standard-size round, triangular and hexagonal colored and graphite pencils. Excellent for colored leads because more supportive wood is preserved around sharpened tip than most classic manual sharpeners provide.

Cutter assembly may be removed to take out broken leads.

WARNING! - This pencil sharpener is not a toy. It is a tool to sharpen woodcased pencils. It is unsuitable for children under age 5 because it has a sharp rotary cutter inside the housing. Oftentimes, very young children are as curious as older, more careful children about how things work. They may figure out how to open this sharpener thereby exposing themselves to injury.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

My students LOVE using this sharpener.
Kathryn B. Wilson
Desk clamp is useless, but not necessary.
Mary B Bertis
Sharpens pencils to a very sharp point .
Nancy Murray

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By J. Send on July 30, 2012
Color Name: RED Verified Purchase
I bought this sharpener after much research and debate, I was a little nervous and didn't want to spend $25 on something that wouldn't work. HOWEVER; we were blown away.
There is a trick to using it, I'm not sure everyone figured out due to the lack of directions, you squeeze the two black buttons together and pull the silver part all the way out, you then squeeze the black button that moves and put your pencil all the way into the sharpener, It is now latched in, Holding the sharpener firmly with one hand and the handle in the other (the latch holds your pencil) Start sharpening when you feel the resistance stop, then stop sharpening it means you're done, Squeeze the black buttons together again and take our your perfectly sharpened pencil. I was mainly using Dixon Ticonderoga 13872 Woodcase Pencil, HB #2, Yellow Barrel, 96 per Pack, the kids sharpened all 96 pencils without an issue, we then went in a search for more pencils, it even sharpened the junk pencils I normally throw away, then my daughters went crazy and searched down even the colored pencils. Everything sharpened perfectly!
I think the bad reviews on this product are due to people not understanding about the "pull out, stabilizer" feature of the sharpener, if you just start sharpening without pulling out the stabilizer it is not going to work well.
I have not found a reason to use the clamp yet, mainly because I don't know where I would put it.
I think I may have found the perfect teachers gift for this Christmas!
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Chesterfield8 on November 28, 2011
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
If you have about $30 in your budget for a pencil sharpener, but don't want to have to replace it within a few months of regular use, look no further than this attractive little A5 workhorse. When I bought this sharpener, I also purchased the larger, Carl CC-2000 after a 20-year search. (Not because it needs replacement, mind you, but because my mom and sister and I are still fighting over the one she bought for us in 1980.) I didn't even know this miniature model existed, but I snapped one up with high hopes for testing it in my classroom. As soon as I opened the box, I laughed out loud - it's EXACTLY like the larger model I have known and loved for so long, only smaller! Believe me when I say that similar-sized manual sharpeners from the big-box office supply - or even art supply stores - can't hold a candle to this beautiful gizmo. This little machine is durable and clearly of high quality. Its unusual "pencil clamp" mechanism may take some a moment to figure out, but it's a very intuitive design and steadies the pencil so you don't have to worry about keeping a straight point. This model is available in fun colors: cherry red, kelly green and light blue (lighter than pictures suggest). The included desk clamp is very handy for this size for classroom use, but isn't necessary for individual offices or studios. In fact, our head of school was so impressed by this effective device that she instructed me to get 10 more for the other classrooms!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Teacher-teacher on February 10, 2013
Color Name: RED
What can I say about this sharpener that others have not???--
1. Pull out face-plate gently, you will hear a soft click.
2. Squeeze rabbit ears together while putting pencil through the two holes until you feel light resistance.
3. Hold sharpener down firmly and turn crank clockwise.
4. When you don't hear anymore soft grinding noise-squeeze rabbit ears again and pull out pencil.
****For those who have difficulty following written directions (I'm one) here is a link: (...)classroomfriendlysupplies.com/pages/photos-videos.

WARNING #1: In the classroom students will break their pencils to sharpen again, and again. I set a time for sharpening pencils and have a basket of sharpened pencils at the ready (no longer a problem for me).
WARNING #2: The sharpened pencils are VERY, VERY SHARP (tongue in cheek--almost weapons grade!!!). I pulled out my dead pencils box-ones that nothing could sharpen, and was able to get a sharp point on 100%, quickly and efficiently. I don't think I will let students sharpen those pretty party pencils (read plastic coated) as they dull sharpening blades.

I like this sharpener so much I have asked our PTA/ESSAC representative to present it for school wide purchase.
If anyone knows of a similar pencil sharpener that sharpens to short point. PLEASE, please let me know, I need one of those too!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FrenchTurk on December 26, 2012
Color Name: Blue
The Carl A-5 is a terrific pencil sharpener, and I am very happy to have it, but I give it 4 instead of 5 stars for two reasons.

1. The clamp does not work, as other reviewers have noted. This is not so serious; it does not really need to be clamped to a surface to work easily. But the clamp would be nice to have.

2. It comes with NO INSTRUCTIONS. This is a major problem, as it is not obvious how to use it right out of the box if you've never seen this design before: you have to pinch the two top levers to pull out the face plate, then insert a pencil, then start to turn the operating handle. It is even less obvious that there is a way to repair it if the blades or pencil-tip area gets blocked by a broken lead. I received this as a present and--once I figured out the bit about pulling out the face plate--after sharpening the first 10 pencils it stopped working due to a blockage which I could not seem to fix. I was going to return it as defective. I searched online for an alternate sharpener, and stumbled on a website which has videos showing how to repair the Carl A-5. Search for the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener, which as near as I can tell is the same as the Carl A-5. Repairs are easy if you know how!

The good news is that (no thanks to the Carl manufacturers) I did finally get the sharpener working well. I have now sharpened every pencil in the house--all the #2s, all my son's colored pencils, all the freebies he gets at birthday parties, etc.--and I'm looking for more to sharpen!
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