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Carl A-5 Pencil Sharpener, Green. Quiet for Office and Home Desks, School Classroom. Angel-5

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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: Green
Technical Details
Brand NameCarl
Item Weight1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions4.9 x 2.9 x 5.2 inches
Item model numberCarl A-5 Angel 5
Manufacturer Part NumberCarl A-5 Angel 5
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #5,124 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableJuly 18, 2011

Product Description

Color: Green

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 Reviews

This is both beautiful and works very well.
S. Preuss
Do not waste your time buying other sharpeners!
Your pencil is the perfect point every time.
Anna Folden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By akarobert on December 26, 2012
Color Name: Green
I'm a 3rd grade teacher and have tried MANY brands and types of sharpeners. This sharpener (and its big brother, the Carl CC 2000) produces the best sharpened pencil points (if you like them long and sharp with plenty of exposed lead) of all of them by far! Also, it won't oversharp pencils due to its unique design!!! I use this mainly for resharpening pencils so the smallish shaving receptacle doesn't have to be emptied as often. It's quick and easy to use.

I'm really "over the moon" about it, and so are the teachers I show it to. I even bought three (quantity discount from another website) and gave as Christmas gifts to the school office and friends, because I'm so impresssed.

I made the following modifications to optimize the performance for me:
1. Threw away the supplied clamp.
2. Removed the four, black, rubber slip-resistant pads on the bottom. They leave marks on surfaces.
3. Applied heavy duty velcro to the bottom of the sharpener and mounted it to a small cutting board. It's now easier to hold in place when sharpening and is portable. The three I gave as gifts were mounted to 6 inch square tiles--also portable. I might even expoxy it to the cutting board in the future for a permanent mounting.

Also, when you get the sharpener--and you will get one (or more), make sure the crank handle mechanism is securely tightend to the body of the sharpener. Just firmly twist the black plastic ring at the base of the crank. It's very simple. You'll also be able to remove it in the future the same way if you want to put in a replacement cuttter or remove stuck lead.

Finally, follow these simple steps (my 4yo granddaughter can) for using this sharpener, because it's unlike any sharpener you've ever used--which is why it works so well:
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By belonderful on January 21, 2013
Color Name: Green
Having bought and discarded far too many (rubbish) sharpeners I was determined to get one that worked well. This is marvellous, stupendous, the king of all our sharpeners over the years. Does this sound like hyperbole - well it's not!

We had a set of Derwent coloursoft pencils which I thought were not particularly good quality because the leads broke and the pencils split whenever we sharpened them. Having just sharpened all 72 of them to perfection in the Carl, I now know that it was the quality of the sharpener. Then we found our other set of 24 pencils and sharpened them to fine points as well. It sharpens evenly all round too without having to rotate the pencil.

My 5 year old over-sharpened one and the lead broke off. It was so incredibly easy to take the handle off the back, pull out the sharpening mechanism, remove the broken lead with a few taps and pop it back in. Also, the well that holds the sharpenings contained the excess from all 72 Derwents before it needed emptying.

I can't understand the negative reviews. I think perhaps they hadn't worked out that you need to push the black levers together at the top to insert the pencil AND pull it out along the length of the pencil to lock it into place. If you just insert the pencil without pulling out the mechanism, the sharpener won't work.

We have now located every pencil in the house and given them a go just for the pleasure of using the sharpener. I know, I sound like an infomercial (:-) but when you have bought and tossed out as many sharpeners as I have over the years, you will understand how delighted I was to find this and realise it worked beautifully.

I have also attached it to the table with the clamp and that seems to work well too. Hooray! So pleased with this purchase.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MCook on January 2, 2013
Color Name: Green Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this pencil sharpener for my classroom after being fed up with the over-heating, motor-dying, loud, and grinding automatic pencil sharpeners.

This sharpener takes some getting used to (it only sharpens when cranking the handle one way), but once you do, it is a dream! The pencils are perfectly sharpened in a way that causes less breakage overall. It sharpens in a manner that, after the pencil is sharp, you cannot keep going, so pencils don't get ground to stubs.

The kiddos in my classroom (ages 7-9) learned how to sharpen pencils rather easily, once I figured it myself out and could teach them. The product is quiet enough that it is not distracting to have students sharpen pencils throughout the day if they have to. They absolutely LOVE it when their classroom job is to sharpen the pencils.

The clamp on the bottom does not work well holding the sharpener on a surface, but since you don't have to hold the pencil in, your free hand can be used to hold the sharpener in place. It really is not an issue.

This sharpener also has a wonderful feature, in that, if graphite gets stuck in the sharpening mechanism, you can simply turn and pull out the sharpener within. It cleans out very easily.


Take the time to figure out how to use this, and you will not be disappointed. This is a quality product, with a good design. I am absolutely smitten with the sharpener! I spent a week looking for pencils just to sharpen because this works so well.
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