IMPORTANT UPDATE 6/18/2013: Not Inadequate now has her own business to sell these pencil sharpeners. Go to http://www.bestpencilsharpenerever.com/ and buy yourself at least two. 🙂 I’m thinking of a reason to buy a third one. The RED one. It needs to be in my home.
I have an electric sharpener. It is my second Heavy Duty sharpener and it stinks. It sharpens unevenly, lead breaks, it’s noisy. Now we buy click pencils. The click pencils are squeaking. Like draging your fingers down the chalkboard squeaking! squeeeeeek, squeeeeek, squeeeeeek…. You get the picture. So, Deb’s post came at a very critical point in my life. We either had to get a new sharpener for real pencils or write with crayons. Crayons don’t erase math problems well, so a new sharpener it is.
I told Deb, I’d wait a month after she has it and if it is still great, I was going to buy one. Probably two. I don’t like to share my school supplies with my kids. I didn’t want them to use my crayons either.
After reading the post and seeing how cute the little thing was, I decided to have a look at this web-site Classroom Friendly Supplies. I wanted to know what else they sold and to my surprise they only sell two items. TWO! SHARPENERS! Nothing else. Nada, Zip, Zero, Noodle! Heck, if a company ONLY makes sharpeners, they must be grand at it.
Deb received four sharpeners to give away. She gave me one, because I let her know about the secret. I won’t repeat it here. It’s a secret. Last week I got the package in the mail. It is a pretty sharpener. So pretty, I decided to attach it to my Command Center, for all the world to see. Also the kids can use it without going to the other room and staying there for 3 hours, not doing their work.
Isn’t it pretty? It comes with the option to use it left-handed or right-handed. Since I have only two left-handed kids and I am right-handed myself, I attached it so that a normal right-handed person can use it.
If you get confused and can’t figure out what the thing is, all you have to do is look on the top. It tells you what it is. Look at those lovely pencils. All sharpened equally well. No squeaks!
It’s so easy to use. Here is Pea #1 demonstrating. I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying a second one of these. Homeschoolers cannot have too many sharpeners.
This sharpener is not quiet, but it is not as loud as my electric sharpener.
UPDATE 3/26/2011: We just sharpened 351 pencils for students to use in group testing. We had three electric sharpeners and the green manual one.
- Heavy Duty Electric Sharpener: 40 seconds to sharpen three pencils. We had to let it rest often, because the motor got hot and wouldn’t run. The wooden part at the sharp lead was uneven. Sharp broke often.
- Non-heavy duty Electric Sharpener: 3 min, 9 seconds to sharpen three pencils. The wooden part at the sharp lead was uneven. Sharp broke often. We had two non-heavy duty; one was dead.
- Green Manual Sharpener: 45 seconds to sharpen 3 pencils. Sharpened points stayed sharp. Wooden area is smooth and even.
- Kids fought over who was going to use the manual sharpener. They sharpened around 250 pencils with the manual one. Worked great.
Pencil Revolution review says it so much better than I do.