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X-Acto Model KS Table- or Wall-Mount Pencil Sharpener (1031)

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  • Heavy Duty sharpener
  • Made of metal
  • X-ACTO Hardened Steele Dual Cutters
  • Desk Mount (Screws Included)
  • Sold as 1 each
  • All steel construction
  • X-ACTO hardened steel cutters
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameX-Acto
Item Weight14.1 ounces
Product Dimensions4.8 x 2.8 x 4.2 inches
Item model numberEPI1031
ColorSilver/Black
Material TypeSteel
Number of Items1
Manufacturer Part NumberEPI1031
  
Additional Information
ASINB00006IEDY
Best Sellers Rank #256 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableDecember 4, 2006
  
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Product Description

Manual pencil sharpeners are the perfect addition to the classroom or workshop. Designed using the highest quality materials, Boston manual pencil sharpeners deliver both performance and reliability. Our manual pencil sharpeners feature carbon steel sharpened blades and sturdy construction. There are Boston sharpeners to handle a variety of different pencils, from composite, to hardwood - even crayons! The timeless manual sharpener designs by Boston are now part of the X-ACTO Precision Instruments line. This line brings the quality you remember, re-engineered for even better performance. The Boston KS Manual Pencil Sharpener is a traditionally styled pencil sharpener that mounts easily onto any horizontal surface. With an adjustable 8 hole pencil guide and the ability to stand up to continuous, heavy duty sharpening, this manual pencil sharpener makes a great addition to a workshop desk or table. The KS model features a brilliant metal finish, sturdy vacuum mounts, X-ACTO quality blades, and a 10 year warranty, guaranteeing a precise, clean cut that won't cause a disturbance around the office or classroom. Our line of precision instruments features electric and battery powered sharpeners, knives, trimmers, punches, clips and staplers - all to meet all your needs from a company rich in both history and tradition.

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Customer Reviews

Easily mounted to a wall.
Sharpie
I will never buy an electric pencil sharpener again.
Maria Ramey
Heavy duty pencil sharpener works very well.
Robert L. Rymer

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383 of 406 people found the following review helpful By TIRSDAG on February 17, 2008
After having enough of battery-eating weak electric models, we decided to do it "old school." I have fond memories of those sturdy, satisfying wall-mounted manual pencil sharpeners from elementary school. This model would be decent if it were manufactured properly...(but isn't that true of sooooo many things?) Okay, here's my assessment: Either one of the steel receptacle centering fins was honed at an incorrect angle or one of the twin barrel cutters was set at the wrong angle, or both.

When you were in grade school did you ever place way too much downward angular pressure on your pencil as you were sharpening it? If you ever did, then you probably also remember returning to your desk and discovering half the "lead" still covered by the wood barrel of the pencil. Employing a writing instrument prepared in such a way is like scraping and scratching with a pointy stick, rather than the smooth unfettered flow of freshly revealed graphite. I swear, what happened to product testing or, for that matter, product quality?

Fast forward to present day: No, I did not place too much angular pressure on the barrel of my present-day pencil...the afore-described result was from gingerly CENTERING the pencil in the sharpener before turning the crank. (I think I got the "centering" thing down to a science after 12 years of daily manual pencil sharpening.) And, yes, I tried many, many pencils to make sure it wasn't just a poorly manufactured pencil. I wanted soooo badly for this product to work, but it just wasn't to be :-(

It's shocking. And yet, disturbingly, I *somehow* have gradually come to expect such disappointment from my purchases over the past couple of decades.

I would pay *4* times as much money for a 100% American-made quality product...if I could *find* a 100% American-made quality product. Come on America, let's get on (or in this case, off) the "stick" and get the "lead" out!
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By CWeb on November 19, 2009
I've decided to replace this pencil sharpener because it has been destroying too many pencils. I have the same problem so many reviewers have had - namely it tends to sharpen only one side of the pencil when it doesn't chew right through them. In the end, I find myself having to remove the wood on the unsharpened side by hand, all too often breaking the lead in the process. We'd have -much- better luck with a cheap 50 cent sharpener, or a kitchen knife, or a machete...blender...
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cimrev on June 13, 2011
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I ordered an X-Acto KS sharpener on the basis of the Boston and X-Acto brand recognition. The first pencil sharpened perfectly. After that, all pencils were sharpened off-center, so that wood was left on one side of the lead, all the way to the point. On top of that, the feature that was supposed to prevent over-sharpening only worked for the first pencil. The rest would continue to be ground away, until there was no more pencil left. I dug around in my garage and found an old, beat-up Boston KS sharpener, made in the USA, and it worked better than the new, made in China one. The difference in quality was apparent, even though the old one was well-used and abused.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By elfin on May 19, 2010
As usual X-Acto has somehow managed to de-evolve the pencil sharpener. My first experience with X-Acto was with a simple electric sharpener. The quick convenience I had taken for granted with my Boston 19 was not possible with my new five-minute-per-pencil X-Acto. My next experience was with the $130 + "heavy duty" X-Acto in the department center in my school. Well before the end of the year it was simply an impressive looking paper weight. Finally, this rotary model was installed in my classroom. Basically, it ate every pencil at an impossible-to-write with angle. I tried out three others in neighboring classrooms. I did not have the same problem; rather, the others were worse: noisy, grinding pencil crushers that no student would use. My only option is to stock up on the small plastic manual sharpeners that frequently break but at least manage to sharpen a couple of pencils before they bite the dust. That's much more than I can say for my X-Actos.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2013
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A lot of folks saying this sharpens only one side. Did you folks never run into this at school? Twist the pencil as you sharpen and it won't happen. Sharpening one side is common on this style sharpener. Twisting the pencil allows the teeth to cut evenly all the way around the tip.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By James Hatsis on February 6, 2006
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A great sharpener, I have two girls in my house (ages 7 and 13) and they have broke nearly a dozen plastic and various electric models. This sharpener is very heavy duty and solidly built. I think it would stand up to a class room full of kids. I plan on buying one for my shop.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kb-hunter on September 17, 2011
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The product itself works fine. Just as any mechanical implement, it takes a bit of care and diligence in usage to get the best out of it. If you shove the pencil off center, it *will* chew it out. Even if you center it squarerly, depending on how the pencil itself is built it may shave one side more than the other. But the way to fix is to slightly rotate the pencil itself as you are sharpening as the sharpener doesn't see the pencil in the same position all the time.

It is reasonably solidly built that I expect it to last for quite a few years without any problem -- at least till my 5 year old son graduates to exclusively using keyboards or touch screes :=(

The beef I have with this unit is the design of the base to attach to the wall or desk. The holes are positioned in such a way it is very very hard to get a thin straight screw driver to it, much less a power driver. Even after disassembling the shavings holder and the handle it is still mighty difficult to put a screw driver to it. I had to angle the screws to reach and then the head of the screw doesn't sit flush. Do the guys who design this stuff ever try to assemble and mount one? Sheesh..
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