|Item Weight||0.32 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.8 x 1.4 x 1.2 inches|
|Item model number||105.30.21|
|Manufacturer Part Number||105.30.21|
Kum AS2, Two Hole Automatic Long Point Pencil Sharpener, Mfg Part Number 1053021 ( extra lids not included )
|Price:||$5.49 & FREE Shipping|
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This automatic long point pencil container sharpeners made from polystyrene. It comes in container shape. The blades are made of high-carbon steel, therefore long-lasting and very sharp. Dynamic torsion action built into each blade makes for a smoother, cleaner cut. Compact and portable, suitable for school, home or office use.
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This is a TWO-STEP sharpener. For those not familiar with a two-step sharpener, here's the process you should follow...
1) Empty the shavings from the container so that you can see the pencil as it is sharpening.
2) Carefully sharpen the pencil on the side marked "1". This will sharpen the wood part of the pencil and may leave the graphite tip looking a little weird and deformed. You may want to empty the container again so you can see what you're doing in the next step.
3) *Lightly" sharpen the pencil again on the side marked "2". This will sharpen the graphite tip of the pencil. You don't want to push too hard or the blade will bite into the tip and break it off (you'll then need to get something to push the broken tip out of the sharpener).
If all is done well you'll have a pencil sharp enough to be a prison shiv.
I'm not, I'll be fair here, an artist, so from that perspective I can't say too much - but I run a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, which means my group and I use our pencils a LOT for in-game record keeping, and as such I use this to sharpen usually 5 or 6 pencils at a time, often a couple times each. It does the job, and again, does it well.
I have yet to try it, but I also want to see if it works well on eyeliner pencils, which are much more expensive than colored pencils! If I could waste less and get a finer tip for the cat eye liner I prefer, that would be awesome.
I will say that my Prismacolor col-erase and verithins tend to break when I try to sharpen them with this, but I think that is either because they use cheap/brittle wood or because I'm bad at sharpening them.
When I tested the KUM with colored pencils, I used every kind I had except my Derwents as they are larger than the average pencil and would be a bit too big to fit the one-size hole. However, despite a cartoon that seemed to indicate that only hexagonal pencils were appropriate for use in the sharpener, I tried my round Prismacolor Premier, my Prismacolor Verithin, Caran D'ache Pablo, Derwent Studio thin, and my round Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. What a delight to find that each and every pencil sharpened perfectly in the KUM sharpener, when I followed the 2-step process.
THe points are extremely long and razor sharp, though because of this they are of course delicate and need to be handled with care. You cannot expect to press down hard on them without having them break. I will say, though, that not a single pencil broke inside the sharpener when I did my testing. In addition, when I attempted to mend a pencil with a known broken core, by "nuking" it in the microwave for 20 seconds, then using the KUM sharpener, the process actually worked the first time I did it. It was nice to know I could save a pencil I thought I had lost...
Two important suggestions: 1) I chose not to close the top of the sharpener, but used it over a wastebasket every time. This allowed me to watch the pencil as I sharpened it and to see when to stop step 1. The receptacle for shavings is tiny anyway, and gets in the way of seeing what is happening to your pencil, so I recommend that you do not use it. That way you won't run the risk of cutting off too much pencil wood at a time. 2) If you are using the KUM to sharpen colored pencils, you must make sure you sharpen a graphite pencil in it at least every 5 or 6 pencils. Otherwise the exquisite sharpness of the blades will get dull too fast. (It was a stroke of either genius or kindness that the KUM people included two extra blades inside the sharpener, to be attached with just a simple screw driver. So when the original blades dull, you won't be up a creek, having to wait for another KUM to arrive by mail...)
I never thought I would be giving thumbs up to one of the simplest of sharpeners as the best I have found, but there you have it: TWO THUMBS UP! Congratulations to KUM for designing a really decent pencil sharpener, one that works well and with nearly ALL pencils.