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Good at first but then.........
on March 5, 2011
I have two little children and had the need for a good pencil sharpener. I purchased a counter mount Xacto at my local box store. Big mistake. That one was complete garbage. So based on the reviews here I tried this one. The price was right. Here are the things that I noticed right away: (others did too!) A. Smaller than I expected. One could cover this unit in a large hand completely. The only issue with size is that you have to empty it often. No big. 2. Very sharp blades at first. Quality there. Didn't last though. After six months of use the pencils come out much rougher than when I first bought it. And you have to use more force to twist the pencils. D. The plastic hinged cover broke almost right away. If you have little children who like to grab from each other, kiss that goodbye. Lastly and most importantly, 5. I CANT FOR THE LIFE OF ME GET THE LEAD TO STOP FROM BREAKING WHEN I SHARPEN PENCILS! So frustrating. I have to sharpen a pencils 3 or 4 times to get the tip to stay on. I have tried so many different techniques and many different brands of pencils. As soon as you start to get a nice sharp tip, SNAP, the tip breaks off and you have to start over. Such a waste. Its garbage bound. The price is right if you want to try it. I hope you have better luck than me!