Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Good Pencil Sharpener is Hard to Find

If you spend any time at all in the teaching blogosphere, you've probably seen several reviews of this pencil sharpener already.

Well mine came in the mail a couple of days ago and I couldn't wait to get it out of the box and give it a try!

I was even kind of happy that mine was blue instead of green.  

This sharpener is very different than others.  However, it's not hard to use!  You just pull the front part out until it clicks, then squeeze the clippy-do at the top to allow the pencil to go in, and push the pencil all the way through.  The only thing left to do is sharpen away.  The plate in the front slides back as you sharpen and when it touches the rest of the sharpener, you're done!

Look at the point on that thing!!!

A clamp comes with the sharpener allowing you to attach it to a table or book shelf.  I didn't try it with the clamp because it was easy enough to use without it.  With my students, who are much clumsier most days, I will use the clamp just as a pre-caution.  

The only drawback I can see to having this in my classroom is that it's so different everyone will probably want to use it at the same time {maybe even when their pencils don't even need to be}.  It will take a few days for the novelty to wear off, I'm sure.  :)

I love the speed of electric pencil sharpeners, but I hate the noise, especially when I'm trying to talk to a group of students near it.  I have yet to have a classroom with a decent sharpener on the wall.

I'm hopeful this will be a great alternative in my classroom.  I usually have 2 or 3 sharpeners so that everyone can sharpen quickly as they enter the room and begin their daily warm-up.  So....I might just have to buy 1 or 2 more of these!

Did I mention that it really is pretty quiet?  Especially compared to electric versions.

Another thing I like about this pencil sharpener is that a real teacher sells them!  How cool is that?  His name is Troy and you can find out more about his product by clicking on the badge above.

Two quick reminders...

I blogged about this earlier in the week, but I wanted to remind you one more time.  I will be doing my first ever guest blog post for another blogger AND I will be hosting my first ever guest blogger here!  I'm so excited and hope you'll be sure to check out both posts.  There'll be a link at the bottom of the post so you can actually see many bloggers who are trading places on Saturday.  A bloggy friend referred to it as a Blogger Fruitbasket Tunrover.  

Be sure to check out Endless Possibilities each day this week as we are hosting our first Theme Week for Canada Day and July 4th!  There have been awesome ideas every day.  There's a cute, Patriotic printable available for download today...

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

{NOTE ~ This pencil sharpener was provided to me at no charge to review and use in my classroom.  However, the opinions stated in this post are completely my own and were in no way influenced by the supplier!}


  1. Mine is blue, too! My kids LOVED it (2nd graders) and I didn't let them use it because I got it right at the end of the year and I didn't want them to break it! It is absolutely terrific and everyone should have one. It even sharpens those cheap pencils that have the plastic coating on them. :)

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

    1. It's funny to be so excited about a pencil sharpener...but then, we are teachers! Even pencils and sheet protects excite me!

      Glad to hear that about the cheap pencils. We have a hard time with those, too!

      I appreciate you stopping by and taking time to leave a comment. :)


  2. Okay! I've been reading about these pencil sharpeners all over blogland. Time to breakdown and buy one!!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  3. Maybe reading this has peaked your interest in branded pencil parers. If so, start looking for them. The old ones that collectors enjoy aren't always easy to find, but the fun is in the hunt. Try the antique malls or looking online to see what kind of deals you can find on automatic sharpeners. pencil sharpener reviews

  4. Ah, this is a really good pencil sharpener! I owned one of these and it lasts for years - I still have mine in very good condition. dovetail jig reviews