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Peanut Butter
06-14-2009, 02:14 PM
I have three electric pencil sharpeners in this house and of course the one that died is the only one that gives me a nice sharp point on my prismas!:(

I did an internet search, hoping to find an exact replacement, no such luck. I searched the library here for a recommendation and the one that looked the most promising (the Panasonic) I can't find either. I don't know if I'm looking in the wrong place, or if there is a great new sharpener out there somewhere, but I am about to panic!

Can anyone help me? :(

MIG17
06-14-2009, 02:22 PM
$1.69 at Hobby Lobby.

ocmd123
06-14-2009, 02:23 PM
Is this (http://www.rapidsupplies.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=89102) what you were looking for? It's the one I, and I know several other people use. Works very well, and inexpensive.

pinkrybns
06-14-2009, 02:32 PM
yup, the Panasonic, that Elaine linked to, is the one I use, prefer, love.
Nice sharp points, never any broken leads.

scottsart
06-14-2009, 02:32 PM
This is the one I've got and I personally love it for my prismas....

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-KP-310-Electric-Pencil-Sharpener/dp/B00005QY0H

and I am guessing this is the new or similar version...

http://www.officemax.com/catalog/sku.jsp?productId=prod2040410&history=dl8iyoja|prodPage~15^freeText~pencil+sharpener^paramValue~true^refine~1^region~1^[email protected]|refineName~Brand^prodPage~15^paramValue~true^refine~1^sub_attr_name~1^region~1^param~return_skus^return_skus~Y^refineValue~Panasonic&ssp=true&csRedirectSearchString=null&csRedirectSearchResultCount=1&csSearchTag=true&_requestid=601172 (http://www.officemax.com/catalog/sku.jsp?productId=prod2040410&history=dl8iyoja%7CprodPage%7E15%5EfreeText%7Epencil+sharpener%5EparamValue%7Etrue%5Erefine%7E1%5Eregion%7E1%5Eparam%[email protected]%7CrefineName%7EBrand%5EprodPage%7E15%5EparamValue%7Etrue%5Erefine%7E1%5Esub_attr_name%7E1%5Eregion%7E1%5Eparam%7Ereturn_skus%5Ereturn_skus%7EY%5ErefineValue%7EPanasonic&ssp=true&csRedirectSearchString=null&csRedirectSearchResultCount=1&csSearchTag=true&_requestid=601172)

Peanut Butter
06-14-2009, 03:56 PM
Elaine and Judy - That one might just work. One question, though...since it is battery powered, how often do you need to replace the batteries?

Scott - I actually looked at the Amazon page you linked to before I posted, but I am leery of buying a used sharpener. I wonder if anywhere still has that one new? It was raved about in the cp library.

Mig - I assume the $1.69 sharpener is a hand sharpener? I have such horrible luck with those, I should probably stick to an electric!;)

ocmd123
06-14-2009, 04:43 PM
yup, the Panasonic, that Elaine linked to, is the one I use, prefer, love.
Nice sharp points, never any broken leads.

I'm sure Judy is using hers with more frequency than I am these days, but the batteries seem to wear very well, even when I am busy and using it frequently.

RobinZ
06-14-2009, 04:44 PM
I love battery operated b/c they are portable. I don't feel like they wear out very fast, and it takes me a while to realize when they ARE wearing out, lol. They just sort of churn slower and slower and slower... :D

Dory L
06-14-2009, 04:56 PM
Thanks for the link Elaine. I was wanting to pick up a battery sharpener, this will work nicely........

pinkrybns
06-14-2009, 05:01 PM
I don't find that my battery powered Panasonic waers out batteries very fast...and yes I use mine a lot. Get good batteries ... forget about getting the cheap batteries.

I have, however, worn down the motor in one, but that was after 3 years of daily usage. Still think it's a good sharpener, at a good price.
I can't get those Panasonics overhere, so I had a friend from the USA send me another one and that's one is now 2.5 years old, still working like a champ!

As Robin said, the portability of the battery powered Panasonic is a real plus too! Mine has been, many times to France, Germany, Belgium, Italy,the US, the UK and all over the Netherlands with me. It's a "travelling fool" that sharpener. :D

Judy

scottsart
06-14-2009, 05:43 PM
I actually have an electric and a battery powered one for those days I need the mobility.

The battery powered one I have is the KP4A linked above. It too is great, and I haven't really had to replace the batteries yet, and have been using it on and off for several months now. I use rechargable batteries too, I think that might save having to buy a zillion of them :D

mudfish
06-14-2009, 07:47 PM
Ahhhhh, I'm so behind the times. I have a crank sharpener salvaged from an old one room school my husband went to. Hey, it works like a champ.

Peanut Butter
06-14-2009, 07:58 PM
You all are wonderful! I'm going to order one of those battery operated ones tonight!

Thanks!!!!!

mudfish - gotta love those old school sharpeners!

ocmd123
06-14-2009, 09:12 PM
Ahhhhh, I'm so behind the times. I have a crank sharpener salvaged from an old one room school my husband went to. Hey, it works like a champ.

They don't make 'em like they used to. The one in my classroom chews all pencils to bits.

objectivistartist
06-14-2009, 11:32 PM
Hey, mudfish - that's the same as I have!! :D
like an old Timex, takes a lickin' but still keeps on tickin'... :thumbsup:

D.P.M
06-15-2009, 05:40 AM
I only have the manual type. Been looking at battery operated ones but unsure which to get.

Also been looking at electric erasers, again I'm not sure about those either.
So much to learn about CP art.

ArtsyBren
06-15-2009, 05:50 AM
Deb, you will be a amazed at the difference in the level of sharpness you will achieve with a battery operated sharpener. I also use the KP-4A and don't have a backup:eek: ...I should probably get one, because it would not be good in my household for mine to die...the neighbors would call the police because of the fit I would throw...

One word of advice to everyone, NEVER take your battery operated baby on any air flight anywhere...the TSA peeps stuck something (hubby said probably a screwdriver) in my last one and ruined it. I guess just for kicks...so when I go on trips, now I bring my hand held sharpener...and it stays IN MY CARRY ON, so Mama can watch it :D ...

drawstring
06-15-2009, 06:43 AM
Hi Deb:

I use and recommend the Sakura Cordless Electric Eraser. It works great for CP, it feels comfortable and is easy on battery power. Here it is:

http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/Eraser-Electric

I am sure it is available at most art supplies stores.

PS

If you decide to purchase it, I suggest you also purchase a pack of extra erasers for it is well. Also make sure you have a good erasing shield - another indispensable item :)

Cheers

drawstring
06-15-2009, 07:05 AM
Hi Laura:

I use the X-ACTO electric sharpener here: http://www.xacto.com/ProductDetail.asp?id=27 .

Works well with Prisma CPs and is inexpensive. It's not battery powered though (uses an AC adapter for power). I wanted to get one of the Panasonics that are so popular with the folks here, but I haven't found a place in Canada where I can buy one and I prefer not to mail order from the US.

TessDB
06-15-2009, 08:49 AM
I have two... Both plug in, and both are indespensible!
The Schoolhouse Pro (http://www.xacto.com/ProductDetail.asp?id=57) works great although the points aren't deadly-sharp, but definitely sharp enough! I like that the opening is a bit bigger than my other one, so it isn't a struggle to sharpen my FC polys or the Caran d'ache Luminance pencils (both of them have slightly fatter barrels than prismas or my pablos).

My other one, the Powerhouse (http://www.xacto.com/ProductDetail.asp?id=44) *does* get the points super-deadly sharp. Love it for prismas or Caran d'ache Pablos.

I've never had a problem with either one jamming... I just make sure to sharpen a graphite in them every so often (like when I empty their bins).

I purchased both of them through office supply stores. They were *much* cheaper there than at any of the art supply places.

I *would* like a battery operated one, though. Portable would be good.

Edited to Add: Hey, folks? We're getting loads of good info about electric (battery or plug-in) sharpeners in this thread. :thumbsup: While I know lots of you use manual sharpeners or blades of some sort, let's keep them out of this particular thread. :)

Rosemary

pinkrybns
06-15-2009, 10:54 AM
Edited to Add: Hey, folks? We're getting loads of good info about electric (battery or plug-in) sharpeners in this thread. :thumbsup: While I know lots of you use manual sharpeners or blades of some sort, let's keep them out of this particular thread. :)

Rosemary
I second this!

Just to reitterate what Rosemary said - Please, let's all keep this thread to discussing electric/battery powered sharpeners. We need a more current thread to archive on this subject.

If anyone wants to discuss the pros & cons (likes/dislikes and where to find), of handcrank/manual/ handheld sharpeners, please feel free to start a seperate thread about those. We can archive that one too.

Thanks,

Judy

Kev-B
06-15-2009, 03:34 PM
Hi folks ,

I use a battery powered "Pointy" 230 from Dahle UK .. I've had it for a few years now & it still works perfectly, though I don't think they're made any longer .. .. http://www.office365.co.uk/sf/sl.aspx?PageNo=2 ..

Alternatives might be ... http://www.artsupplies.co.uk/item-derwent-battery-operated-pencil-sharpener.htm

Or .. http://www.artsupplies.co.uk/item-derwent-battery-operated-pencil-sharpener.htm

Hope the links help .. and of course, I have no connection with any of them besides being a customer of Ken Bromley Art Supplies .. The Derwent sharpener is also available direct from ... http://www.pencils.co.uk/Default.aspx

Bye for now,

Kev ..

CRYork
06-15-2009, 07:09 PM
I hate to be the only dissenter, but I have bought 3 of the Panasonic battery-operated sharpeners, and each of them have been thrown away, because whenever I used them, the leads would get stuck and I would have to dig them out, and then they would not run properly. I am a fan of the Xacto electric sharpener...very seldom has a lead broke off in it, and when it does, I use a graphite pencil to push the lead through... and I get very sharp points.

Char

*AquaMarine*
06-15-2009, 07:53 PM
I am a fan of the Xacto electric sharpener...very seldom has a lead broke off in it, and when it does, I use a graphite pencil to push the lead through... and I get very sharp points.
Char

Hey Char, which model of the Exacto do you use?

Thanks,

ginny