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X-Acto Model KS, Vacuum-Mount Pencil Sharpener, Chrome Receptacle, Black Base, 1 Unit (1072)

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  • The Boston KS heavy duty vacuum mount manual pencil sharpener
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Technical Details
Brand NameX-Acto
Item Weight1.5 pounds
Product Dimensions5.5 x 3.9 x 5.4 inches
Item model number1072
ColorSilver
Material TypeSteel
Number of Items1
Manufacturer Part Number1072
  
Additional Information
ASINB0000AQOMB
Best Sellers Rank #2,622 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableDecember 2, 2004
  
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The Boston KS heavy duty vacuum mount manual pencil sharpener. The all metal is perfect for a school environment. Comes with 8 Hole pencil selector.

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Customer Reviews

SHAME on X-Acto for putting out such a defective product!
Teaching_Muzik
Does just as it is supposed to, and has held up very well to my 6 year old, 5 year old, and 3 year old.
Courtney
Vacuum mount adheres to glass & smooth wood surfaces momentarily, but not strong enough or long enough.
Lady Di

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lady Di on August 31, 2007
After many years, our faithful Panasonic electric pencil sharpener's motor finally gave out. Needing a new sharpener for the upcoming school year, I hurriedly picked up this Boston "Xacto" Vacuum Mount POC. When I opened the box, I was appalled at the poor quality of... everything. I tried to follow the included directions to the letter, but it didn't work out for me. Here are some observations regarding my fruitless attempt to sharpen one ordinary #2 pencil with the Boston Vacuum Mount Pencil Sharpener:
1) Cheap metal (or is it metallic plastic?) housing falls apart in your hands.
2) Vacuum mount adheres to glass & smooth wood surfaces momentarily, but not strong enough or long enough.
3) Dull, inefficient blades grab and halt progress countless times.
4) Then it's re-connect the housing (did I mention that it falls apart?), re-attach vacuum mount, re-insert pencil, and try again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

In the end, I asked my 4th grader to hold the unit firmly on the desk while I continued the "sharpening" process, thereby unwittingly placing him in harm's way-- the housing fell apart in his hands and he nearly got cut. Well, probably not cut since the blades aren't sharp enough to cut anything, but at the very least pinched severely.... Anyway, that's not the real end-- I returned this shoddy, useless rattletrap practical joke and ordered a new Panasonic electric pencil sharpener.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mansairaku on December 12, 2006
OK, where should I begin, the unit is made of cheap metal, the vacuum mount is just horrible, I tried it on wood, and even glass, and it still comes off quite easily, there is no mechanism to hold the pencil for you, so you need to work with both hands, and imagine when the vacuum mount goes bad, you guessed it, you need a third hand! I tried it on a 5B pencil, which I agree is somewhat soft, but to have two thirds of the pencil chewed to dust by this monster is just unforgivable. Here's why: there is no mechanism to stop the unit from shaving your pencil away, so when you have a soft pencil, and you want to take it off, it's still in the grip of the unit, with a soft lead, it will break and you need to get some more chewed away. For $30 you can buy yourself a house full of pencils and sharpeners. There is an X-acto brand of this on Amazon too, both are from the same manufacturer.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By squintz22 on May 19, 2008
Bought one of these at the store quickly, as we were looking for a manual one - assuming incorrectly it would last longer than an electric. Worked great for less than one day, though the vacuum mount never worked properly. Can no longer sharpen anything with this, as it won't grab the pencil - regardless of what size I try. Horribly designed, ultra cheap, and not worth it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Frank on May 28, 2008
I bought this on sale for 1/2 price at Office Depot, and it's going back tomorrow. I didn't have a problem with the vacuum mount (yet), but it only seems to want to sharpen one side of the pencil, leaving the other half still covered in wood. How does one write with that? I kept sharpening, turning the pencil around to get all surfaces, but I ended up with an incredibly sharp skewer that doesn't write. Is this the only manual left on the market!? What a shame... I don't need one more battery-operated contraption in my house, but I don't think there's any alternative.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Balthrop on July 5, 2011
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After reading the variety of reviews here, we opted for this X-Acto product mainly because there aren't that many options out there. First, it is completely adequate as a pencil sharpener. Second, the suction base holds on tight. Third, the blades or whatever lines the pencil up doesn't quite sharpen the pencil perfectly even all around. This is not a big problem, though perfectionists will find it frustrating. I recommend this product if you need a portable sharpener.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Boston User on October 18, 2009
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I bought this for the name, thinking it would be superior. The pencil alignment ring is flimsy and aligns poorly, so the pencils often sharpen off-center. Don't bother buying this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By skareht on January 7, 2014
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If you have pencils larger in diameter than standard pencils, you don't have a lot of options for a sharpener. Ever since I started using TriConderoga soft-touch 3-sided pencils about 7 years ago, I haven't been able to use a regular electric sharpener. I know have three X-Acto sharpeners, this model or the X-Acto Ranger 55 Table/Wall-Mount sharpener. Both work very well.

I grant you that the suction on this model doesn't last very long and it does needs a pretty smooth surface to attach well, but it's quite workable. It even works just fine when I go on a mission and sharpen all of my children's pencils (well over 100). And the body disconnecting when it shouldn't is new-user error. You get the hang of how to handle it without it coming apart ever. As for dull blades...I really don't get it. The blades on these are sharp and have stayed that for years. I have a table mount at work that has been used by me and several of my colleagues for over 5 years and it works great.

One tip: If you find that the sharpener seems to no longer be working, there is probably a broken tip stuck at the very back of the mechanism. Stick the end of an elongated paper clip or an awl down in there and push gently to bust up anything stuck there. Tap the remnants out and it should work just fine.
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