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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2009
I was having a bad week. Everything I did turned to mush. I went to sharpen a pencil and my manual crank plastic pencil sharpener broke off the wall in my hand. It was a piece of junk to start with but still it was distressing. This time I found a far better selection of manual pencil sharpeners. I decided to get the metal pencil sharpener that I remembered from my parochial school days. I picked this one because it was all metal but not too expensive. When it came in the mail, I was instantly pleased. It is shiny and sturdy and does a nice job of sharpening pencils without requiring a battery or power cord. What more do I need? It is a nice trip down memory lane for me. Lots of mischief happened at the pencil sharpener in my school. And it works like a dream!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
You'd think finding a good pencil sharpener in 2011 would be a breeze. Yet I have gone through probably 10 in the last three years and none of them sharpened well. I tried cheap hand sharpeners, battery powered ones, and electric ones. They would break the lead, not sharpen evenly, or just not sharpen at all. So, I decided to go old school with a wall mounted manual pencil sharpener. This item is heavy duty and installs easily. I did switch out the screws with more durable ones. The ones it comes with are more like decorative screws and I'm sure it would have ripped out of the wall in no time. But, once the screws were switched, it installed perfectly and easily sharpens pencils to a perfect point. I'm thrilled. Who would have thought a pencil sharpener would make me so happy, but I'm just happy to have something that finally works well.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2010
This pencil sharpener works great. I was happy with the sharpener itself, but the description says that it was supposed to ship with mounting screws. It DID NOT come with mounting screws (as another commenter previously mentioned). Luckily, I had some hardware in my shop and got it mounted anyway. Not that I would send it back over some 10 cent screws, but it's the principle that matters. Other than the missing mounting screws, the product is great.
Also, FYI: The product is made in China. (I did not find the country of origin listed in the description when I bought the sharpener.)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Like many others, I have a use for #2 pencils. I own a wood shop that builds guitars. Sharp pencils are a mandate for me for layout, and the mechanical ones just get broken or run out of lead always at the wrong times.
I have had little plastic sharpeners, electrics, even used my face sander a number of times. None of them did the job in my rough environment. I finally went looking and found this unit. When it came, I was absolutely, totally pleased at the results. Yes, I know it only has one sharpening wheel, but it is the traditional type of 40 years ago that has many, many blade surfaces on it. And the best part is the wheel is mounted on the pencil shaft holder so that the pencil always stays in line with the sharpening wheels. My first few through were so sharp, so nice, it was like going back to grade school. (Long, long time ago.)
It's all steel, with a steel handle. Great unit!
For the price, this is the one. Only gripe, dump the little worthless mounting screws and use something at least 3/4" long to mount it. I mounted mine to a wooden leg on one of my benches and could not be happier. You will not be dissapointed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2011
Having 2 small children, one starting Kindergarten a reliable and easy to use pencil sharpener is a MUST! I grew up with a heavy duty metal one in our basement and after 30+ years of use it still works like a champ.

I purchased this model because of the all steel construction and NO plastic parts that can break in the mechanism.

It works great. I'm sorry to see that it doesn't have 2 grinding gears like the older school models do, but it seems to work just fine with a little more lever turning than I recall from the double gear models.

I discarded the enclosed screws and used some beefier ones that will hold better.

I think my only two critisims of this sharpener as of now is that when mounted to a wall you can hang the shaving collector vertical (up and down) on the unit but it tends to want to twist off a bit while using it, so each time you have to snug it back in place, more of an annoyance than a flaw.

Also with the single gear grinding it tends to shave more wood off one side of the pencil than the other, which sometimes causes the lead to break on that side easier or makes it harder to write on the woodier side, but that may also be due to cheaper pencil construction these days.

Overall I'm happy with it, and I hope it holds up to the many days of school pencil sharpening to come.

ADDITIONAL - 11-24-11: Have used this sharpener now for a number of months. It still appears to be holding up well. Had to use wall anchors for the screws as the twisting motion of having the unit mounted vertically was pulling it out of the wall.

Also learned the trick to getting the single grinding gear to leave a clean cut around the lead. Sharpen holding the pencil still until you feel very little resistance on the handle, meaning the general shaperned shape has been cut. Then while spining the handle slowly rotate the pencil around in the hole so bascially the grinder will shave off any extra wood left on the lead.

Over all still happy with the purchase and would still recommend to anyone wanting a good sharpener for school aged children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2012
Update: After fighting this stupid thing for 6 months, it just went in the trash. Every time someone tried to use it, the entire unit either comes off the base, or the top metal bar pops off (generally flies about 2 feet, and I'm immediately imagining it hitting one of the kids in the eye). Why oh why did I waste nearly $20 on this piece of junk?!?!

Original review: Oh how I miss the old-school, basic pencil sharpener. Our family has tried a couple different models, and I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, it's hard to get the body properly snapped on the base, the rotating size selector won't lock in, and there's only one blade so sometimes the sharpening is a bit uneven. IF you can get it assembled and hold everything in place, then it does a sufficient job, but I can't really offer a glowing recommendation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2012
The good: makes a nice, sharp point on the pencil without breaking the lead (unlike a lot of cheap sharpeners).

The bad: does not center the pencil, so that lovely lead is surrounded by a shroud of wood that renders it useless.

The verdict: utterly useless, unless you think sharpened pencils make good decorations.

In addition, the metal housing is so flimsy that it might as well have been made of paper -- it crushes when you try to open it to empty the shavings. This is NOT your old school pencil sharpener.

Too much trouble to return it to Amazon, so I threw it away.

Anyone know where to get a real pencil sharpener?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2011
This pencil sharpener is made entirely out of metal with the exception of the grip on the handle. It only has one spinning blade. It sharpens to the classically long tip.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2012
This pencil sharpener is working just fine for us. We were disappointed that it only has a single sharpener inside of it as opposed to 2. This has made it a little more difficult for the children to figure it out (they are 7,5 and 2).
However, now that they have used it a lot, it is a lot easier for them. We have mounted it on the wall and it is sturdy enough to handle all the kids abuse. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase and the fact that I don't have to hunt down a little rinky dink hand held sharpener and sharpen all the pencils in the house with it. This pencil sharpener has allowed the children to sharpen their own pencils when necessary and I am off the hook now. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This thing wouldn't work straight out of the box and falls apart. The silver metal is thin and not as sturdy as I remember from grade school sharpeners.
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