Alvin 9866 Brass Bullet Sharpener
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- Solid brass
- Bullet shaped
- Replaceable stainless steel cutting blade
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Solid brass bullet-shaped construction with a replaceable stainless steel cutting blade. Blister-carded.
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Here's what I like about this product:
- Sharpens easily and quickly.
- Does not break the leads.
- Works great with both traditional and colored pencil products.
- Light weight.
What you should know:
- Technically, the metal in the sharpener does contain some lead in the product, so you are advised to wash your hands after usage.
Overall, I love this sharpener! By far, it's the best one that I've owned. It even beats my electric sharpener (that I paid three times as much for) hands down...
Here is a picture of just a couple of hand helds that I used on colored pencils (that can get a hard tip) and the results this gave. I tried to stop before the tips were super sharp since I was coloring with them. The surprisingly logical technique is that you can tell when you are into the lead by looking at the shavings as they are falling into the trash. So no unecessary waste here! The only pencil I have seen it get a "sideways" tip on was one that you can see the lead isn't even anywhere near the center of the wood! So, it can't work miracles if you have "junk" to start with, but it is reliable and consistent with it's results with a standard product.
I have arthritis in my hands and still managed to sharpen all 36 colored pencils without any trouble at all! So start HERE and save time, space and money!
I also found a you tube video by Prismacolor (colored pencils) that tells you the proper way to sharpen colored pencils and how you should rotate the sharpener, not the pencil. Keep it moving in the same direction (don't rotate back and forth) and how you should only sharpen a couple of colored pencils in an automatic sharpener (the gears get hot), then sharpen 1 with a manual sharpener (hence the need for the bullet still). Ideally after 3 colored pencils and sharpening 1 with a manual sharper (letting the gears cool) you should sharpen a graphite pencil to help sharpen and lubricate the gears and blade again before putting another couple of colored pencils in again. This explains intermittent success with my some of my sharpeners in the past. But I knew these tips before I used each of these manual sharpeners and the bullet was the still the best. If you are sharpening a lot of colored pencils make sure to add a graphite in to sharpen to keep your blade working at it's best! If you are having lots of problems with colored pencil leads breaking let them warm up a little (in the sun etc) before you sharpen for best results! :)
COLORED PENCIL USERS:
I still highly recommend that this is by far the best sharpener, but if you wind up occasionally needed one that will hold a few shavings.. And not eat up your expensive lead on your colored pencils this Triangle sharpener from Faber-Castell is a consistent performer and will accommodate most shapes and sizes with it's three holes. It is Not Mess Proof! But it consistently "trims" your points to sharpen them evenly without eating much of your wooden pencils. The tiny "splinters" of colors can fall out of the sharpener hole itself since there's not a lot of wooden shavings to hold them in. But it's definitely handy to have on hand for a few sharper points here and there. To avoid some of the mess, just open it once and don't close it until you are finished and then the specks won't fall out. You'll see the hole labeled "Colour Grip" insert there and just a few turns will do (unless the pencil has never been used).. When you do go to the trash it is easy to open, empty and close. Handy for those with arthritis or kids. The Prismacolor sharpener has a two hole option, one with a shorter point (like the Faber Castell) and the standard long sharp point too. It doesn't show the triangle pencil as being "accepted" to sharpen, but can say that the round pencils sharpen great in the short tip side. I've not had a chance to try a triangle pencil yet.. It makes less mess since it has a lid on top that doesn't have shavings on both sides.. So it's a round pencil travel Winner for sure. I'll have to try out the triangle shapes...
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It's gentle on them, but makes an ideal point for use.