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brynmr
04-04-2008, 04:19 PM
I'm looking for a new one and it's tough. What's everyone using these days? Any good ones out there?

brynmr
04-04-2008, 04:37 PM
Anyone have this one. It's on my list of potentials. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2008/58873-BOSEPS12HC_1_1.jpg

http://www.bostitch.com/default.asp?CATEGORY=BOS%5FPENCIL%5FSHARPENERS&TYPE=PRODUCT&PARTNUMBER=EPS12HC&SDesc=SuperPro+6%26%23153%3B+Commercial+Pencil+Sharpener

Bortai
04-04-2008, 05:03 PM
Hi Tommy :wave:
Look here, I use the left one, by Faber Castell.
http://www.faber-castell.de/docs/index_ebene3.asp?id=11449&domid=1010&sp=E&addlastid=&m1=10329&m2=10333&m3=10347&m4=11449
It contains 3 Sharpeners in one box (for cpīs, for pencils and for thick pencils). Itīs a very good sharpener :thumbsup:

pinkrybns
04-04-2008, 05:33 PM
I'm still using the Panasonic KP-4A battery powered in studio and I like to take it with me when I travel. With daily use, the motor lasts about 3.5 years, then I get a new one (have a few in boxes unused..have to order them from the US, hence the backups). Every brand of pencil I use fits into the opening just fine.

I also use a Dahle 100 hand crank type. Works great and adjusts to different pencils' barrel sizes....just have to crank it yourself. lol

Both have the same sort of spiral blade mechanism, so I never get broken leads on any brand of pencils.

Cord electric sharpeners are very expensive over here... another reason I chose the Panasonic KP-4A.

tlg24kgold
04-04-2008, 06:16 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2008/93210-iPoint1.jpg

The iPoint Electric Pencil Sharpener

I bought one of these at Costco for less than $20. Everywhere else I've seen it, it's been from about $35 to $60. There is a battery operated one that is cheaper. The one I bought at Costco is electric. Some have more features. Target has different types with the most expensive being $60.

This is the best pencil sharpener I've ever had. The point on the pencil is amazing, I've never gotten a pencil that sharp. Plus, I've broken no more than half a dozen pencils in the 2-3 months that I've had it. It was so great, I went back to Costco and bought 5 more...they do have that typical warning about not using wax-based pencils, but so far I haven't had any problems with it.

Go to this website. It tells all there is to tell about the different options.
http://www.holcombs.com/ipoint.html

Flame Lily
04-04-2008, 11:48 PM
Still using my trusty ol' Panasonic KP-310

Panasonic(R) KP-310 Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-KP-310-Electric-Pencil-Sharpener/dp/B00005QY0H/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1207365662&sr=8-1)

Perhaps I've just been lucky, but this sharpener has been brilliant. Never breaks pencil leads, sharpens perfectly every time, the kids use it all day long to sharpen their school pencils and it's just been going and going for years. I don't have problems with it, easy to clean, doesn't mess and it takes the thin pencils like Verithin's all the way to thicker pencils like Coloursoft's and Poly's. Got it at Office Depot, have seen them at Office Max, Staples, Hobby Lobby and you can get them on Amazon.

Judy's review of her battery operated Panasonic, has caused me to put one on my wish-list, I'm happy with the electric one and it sounds like the battery one is good too.


I got the Creative Mark Multi-point because of rave reviews, thinking I could use it when I'm drawing outdoors or on-the-go, also liked the multi-point idea...

MultiPoint Professional Delux Pencil Sharpener (http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-supply/catalogs/0057113000000)

I do not recommend this sharpener. I understand a lot of people do like it, but it eats my pencils and is just plain scary for that reason - imo. I can not sharpen a pencil when it becomes very short because the 'holder' (pencil clutch) won't hold them when they get real short. It's awkward to use, my children won't use it because it's fussy, takes too long to use, we prefer the electric sharpener and I'm sure the aforementioned battery operated sharpener will be easier and faster than this Creative Mark one.
Having said all that, it does sharpen nicely if you're patient enough, you can choose how sharp you want your pencil (various points) and the points are also shorter than what you get with the electric sharpeners (some people prefer that).

Good luck finding the one for you :)

TessDB
04-05-2008, 08:05 AM
Ok, I've got two... :o
Boston School House Pro like this one (http://www.dickblick.com/zz214/17/) (although I'm sure I got it for less $$ at an office supply) and the Exacto Powerhouse (http://www.dickblick.com/zz214/12a/). Although, once again, I'm pretty sure I got it at an office supply.

The opening for the pencil on the powerhouse is just a wee bit too small for my FC polys, although it gets the points super deadly (stabbed myself & drew blood more than once) sharp. The schoolhouse pro is quieter, and I love that I can *see* how full the shavings container is getting *before* there's a pencil dust erruption. Although the pencil points aren't quite so, um, pointy :D with it.

Rosemary

brynmr
04-05-2008, 08:08 AM
I can't find the 310 Lily. It's a single cutter model I suppose. (?) I'm also looking at the KP 380. That one looks pretty good too.

Flame Lily
04-05-2008, 08:40 AM
Uh oh :( Yeah, I see Amazon does not sell them anymore.
If it were me, I'd trust the Panasonic KP-380 that you mentioned... I'm looking at reviews on the net and it gets very good reviews. I need to get a new one sometime because surely my 310 will give out eventually - I think I'll keep an eye out for the 380 in stores next time I shop.

brynmr
04-05-2008, 09:06 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2008/93210-iPoint1.jpg

The iPoint Electric Pencil Sharpener

I bought one of these at Costco for less than $20. Everywhere else I've seen it, it's been from about $35 to $60. There is a battery operated one that is cheaper. The one I bought at Costco is electric. Some have more features. Target has different types with the most expensive being $60.

This is the best pencil sharpener I've ever had. The point on the pencil is amazing, I've never gotten a pencil that sharp. Plus, I've broken no more than half a dozen pencils in the 2-3 months that I've had it. It was so great, I went back to Costco and bought 5 more...they do have that typical warning about not using wax-based pencils, but so far I haven't had any problems with it.

Go to this website. It tells all there is to tell about the different options.
http://www.holcombs.com/ipoint.html

I came accross a more expensive model of this ipoint a few days ago but I can't seem to find it now. Had a different top to it. Cool looking design.

brynmr
04-05-2008, 09:10 AM
Uh oh :( Yeah, I see Amazon does not sell them anymore.
If it were me, I'd trust the Panasonic KP-380 that you mentioned... I'm looking at reviews on the net and it gets very good reviews. I need to get a new one sometime because surely my 310 will give out eventually - I think I'll keep an eye out for the 380 in stores next time I shop.

The many faces of the 380. :eek: You might get it cheaper online Lil.
http://www0.shopping.com/xPC-Panasonic-Panasonic-Kp-380BK-Classic-Electric-Pencil-Sharpener~PD-36867649~FD-95263~kworg-Classic%20Electric%20Pencil%20Sharpener%2C%20Black%20%252F%2D%201%20Each~linkin_id-8038694~DMT-4~VK-8038694

Delofasht
04-05-2008, 09:11 AM
Tommy, I've been using my Panasonic KP-310 for over 3 years now, has yet to break down on me. I can't seem to find it anywhere online though, it's sharpened well over 1000 pencils though, and I expect it'll continue to give me the perfect point for years to come now. Wait a second. . . Of course it'd be hard to find, and no wonder they would not be making it anymore! Expendability, things have to have a point at which they will fail otherwise you won't go spend money to buy another one. Refrigerators are built to fail after 3 to 5 years depending on the one you buy, why wouldn't they do that to something as simple as a pencil sharpener. The old hand crank ones that used to be used by schools for decades are still in use at many schools because they will never die, companies go out of business that way.

Too good for it's own good, that's the case of our Panasonic KP-310. I suspect that the 380 is a fine replacement, but you might have to buy another after a couple years. But I'll keep my eyes open for the old KP-310, if I see one (like at an office supply clearance place or flea market) I'll pick it up for you.

- Del

Teiokerahte
04-05-2008, 12:15 PM
Bortai

I have that sharper too and happy with it! :)

brynmr
04-05-2008, 04:16 PM
I ordered the KP 150. The vertical design tipped the scales and it has a five star rating. :) Thanks everyone for your input!

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-KP-150-Electric-Sharpener-Black/dp/B00006IEE3/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

pinkrybns
04-05-2008, 04:30 PM
Happy for you Tommy, but did you see this one?
http://www.amazon.com/Crayola-Monster-Colored-Pencil-Sharpner/dp/B000KWJ2QQ/ref=pd_sbs_op_img_24
Now really, I ask you, is that not the BEST looking pencil sharpener in the world??? :D
(and it burps! lol)

brynmr
04-05-2008, 04:50 PM
Happy for you Tommy, but did you see this one?
http://www.amazon.com/Crayola-Monster-Colored-Pencil-Sharpner/dp/B000KWJ2QQ/ref=pd_sbs_op_img_24
Now really, I ask you, is that not the BEST looking pencil sharpener in the world??? :D
(and it burps! lol)

:lol: I don't know if I could live with the chewy noises beyond a week or two. (love the burps though)

pinkrybns
04-05-2008, 04:54 PM
I fear I am going to have to order one... it's just too good to pass up and well, you all can be serious artists, but I like a good laugh...and from studio equiptment no less!
:lol: chewy noises!! :lol:

brynmr
04-05-2008, 05:50 PM
I fear I am going to have to order one... it's just too good to pass up and well, you all can be serious artists, but I like a good laugh...and from studio equiptment no less!
:lol: chewy noises!! :lol:

Order two. It might just be a collectors item in a few years.

HarvestMoon
04-05-2008, 06:21 PM
I bought the boston school one and have had no problems with it...

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-supply/catalogs/0057968000000

brynmr
04-05-2008, 10:47 PM
I bought the boston school one and have had no problems with it...

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-supply/catalogs/0057968000000

I've owned a few Bostons. Pretty good sharpeners. I think Xacto bought them up.

Hey Judy. Here's one for ya. The cat meows when you sharpen your pencil. Oweeeowe.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Apr-2008/58873-ENDD-0300.jpg

objectivistartist
04-05-2008, 11:31 PM
Bet there's somebody who does nothing but collect all these odd pencil sharpeners, too...:eek::lol::lol::lol:

Teiokerahte
04-05-2008, 11:48 PM
I've owned a few Bostons. Pretty good sharpeners. I think Xacto bought them up.

Hey Judy. Here's one for ya. The cat meows when you sharpen your pencil. Oweeeowe.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Apr-2008/58873-ENDD-0300.jpg


Wow seeing as im a cat lover..... wtb one of those! :lol:
Where can you get them? heh

pinkrybns
04-06-2008, 08:15 AM
:eek: :eek: Tommy!!! :lol: :lol:
a bit too much of a reminder about an annual checkup for my cats to ever let me own one of those... but :lol: :lol:

Robert, I also fear that I'm one of those people who does collect pencil sharpeners, mostly the hand held kind ... but I do other things too, so guess that's ok? :lol: :lol: :p

brynmr
04-06-2008, 08:51 AM
Wow seeing as im a cat lover..... wtb one of those! :lol:
Where can you get them? heh


http://www.perpetualkid.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2246

enjoy

Delofasht
04-06-2008, 12:14 PM
Looks like a good one Tommy, I think I saw Gary Greene using that moedel in his demo on Prismacolor.com, or it looked alot like it.

- Del

brynmr
04-06-2008, 02:00 PM
Looks like a good one Tommy, I think I saw Gary Greene using that moedel in his demo on Prismacolor.com, or it looked alot like it.

- Del

Another collectors item for sure. Funny stuff.


poor kitty

Delofasht
04-06-2008, 02:48 PM
:lol: I realized that my post was way late in coming. I was actually responding to the sharpener that you decided on, but I really got a laugh outta the cat one. Had to find my roommate to show her, it's seriously one of the funnier things that I've seen.

- Del

brynmr
04-06-2008, 04:46 PM
:lol: I realized that my post was way late in coming. I was actually responding to the sharpener that you decided on, but I really got a laugh outta the cat one. Had to find my roommate to show her, it's seriously one of the funnier things that I've seen.

- Del

Oh I see :lol: I missed that one. I'll let everyone how it goes with the Panasonic.


edit: I just watched the video Del. I'm not so sure it was the PK150. It stands 7.8 in. high.

CRYork
04-06-2008, 06:26 PM
Wow seeing as im a cat lover..... wtb one of those! :lol:
Where can you get them? heh

I'm a cat lover, too....and I DON'T want one of those!! It reminds me too much of animal abuse. I don't think it's funny at all!:( I'm sorry...I don't mean to start a debate....but I think it borders on being sadistic. This is just my opinion, so don't throw stones at me! Maybe I should "lighten up" and get the pencil out of mine!:lol:

BTW, I have had 3 of the X-Acto electic pencil sharpeners, and I like them the best, even though I do tend to wear them out. I do a LOT of sharpening, since I use all those tiny circles in my portrait work. I have tried a lot of other kinds of sharpeners, and always go back to the X-Acto.

Char

IrishRose
04-06-2008, 07:07 PM
I have used a portable battery operated one by Staples... it's olive green and I got a bunch of them for 3.50 on Ebay. They are diehards and haven't had any trouble with them. The kids love them too and I have used them for the last 2 years. My panasonic I hated, and it broke anyway, it made SO much noise and ate the pencils. Just my opinion, but never had a problem with the Staples sharpeners, they are small and easy to use, and don't make that grinding sound when you use them. I hate that!

BTW, hi Tommy, long time no see!

I love that cat sharpener (almost peed my pants!) and the Crayola Monster one is AWESOME, I would get that for my kids! Thanks! :)

brynmr
04-06-2008, 07:17 PM
BTW, hi Tommy, long time no see!

Hi Rose! Nice to hear from you again. :)

That panasonic wasn't a PK 150 was it? ... heh heh

IrishRose
04-06-2008, 07:21 PM
I'm not sure... It was what almost ever CPer uses in their books... I hated it, bought it and thought, oh, this is the one... NOT! I tried using it the other day, have only had it less than 6 months, and it's DEAD. No batteries could revive it. Now, my Staples sharpeners I've had for 2 yrs. Only replaced batteries 2 times. 4 AA's. :)

Good to see you Tommy! I wish I knew what kind of Panasonic, but it's the same kind that Arlene uses and Janie Gildow uses... etc. I don't like it, but maybe I got a bum one. Figures. Bleh.

brynmr
04-06-2008, 07:57 PM
I'm not sure... It was what almost ever CPer uses in their books... I hated it, bought it and thought, oh, this is the one... NOT! I tried using it the other day, have only had it less than 6 months, and it's DEAD. No batteries could revive it. Now, my Staples sharpeners I've had for 2 yrs. Only replaced batteries 2 times. 4 AA's. :)

Good to see you Tommy! I wish I knew what kind of Panasonic, but it's the same kind that Arlene uses and Janie Gildow uses... etc. I don't like it, but maybe I got a bum one. Figures. Bleh.

I've read a lot of reviews and it seems that almost every model has it's lemons. If I get a lemon I'll return it. Quality control. ;)

IrishRose
04-07-2008, 06:25 AM
Good idea, Tommy... send back the lemon. I should have. :( Good luck!

brynmr
04-08-2008, 11:16 PM
Ok I got my Panasonic KP 150. I like it!! It's a real pretty object. The rubber patches on it's base (3) do an amazingly good job of preventing slide. It would tumble over way before it would slide off a tilted table top. It's pretty quiet. Quietest one I've ever used. I love the top feed and the little light that goes off when the pencil is sharpened though I think the light goes off too early. You can feel when the blades stop cutting anyway so you don't really need it. Good point btw but we expect that. The container for the shavings is a bit small but no smaller then the old Boston sharpeners.

The only thing I'd change is an added cutter so you'd have dual cutters and maybe a heavier duty motor. Ahh... the perfect sharpener.

But in the meantime this one is pretty good. :D 2 thumbs up. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

IrishRose
04-09-2008, 06:25 AM
Now I DEFINITELY know I did NOT have a KP 150, mine didn't have a light! How cool!! Thanks for the review, Tommy. How much did you pay for this masterpiece?? ;)

brynmr
04-09-2008, 03:44 PM
It was $33.50 Rose but the shipping brought it to $42.19. Worth it if it lasts a while.

IrishRose
04-09-2008, 03:50 PM
That's not too bad, Tommy. That DEFINITELY was not my sharpener... the Panasonic I bought was under 15! :) And battery operated. I pray it lasts you a long while. If it does, I may consider one! I need the money right now though. Thanks for replying!

Bway Baby
04-14-2008, 11:48 AM
RE: The iPoint Electric Pencil Sharpener


I've been looking at these, but was wondering which model you got - the auto feed or the manual feed. I can't decide which would be better.

Thanks!
Jenn (aka Bway Baby)