I went by the ratings for this when I needed a new pencil sharpener. I always buy the best pencils for my kids- Ticonderoga black. The wood sharpens more smoothly than the standard yellow kind. But this sharpener manages to rip them up and the wood is now jagged. Yes the lead is pointy but it’s annoying to have the rough experience of them grinding in the sharpener. And now that I’ve used it, I probably can’t return it.