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Old 12-23-2009, 03:42 AM
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Re: Best pastel pencil sharpener?

My pastel pencil breakage stopped after I used this Dahle 155 I bought at Dickblick. http://www.dickblick.com/products/da...cil-sharpener/ They have the new, smaller model 133 and I've read that it cuts better than the 155.
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:40 AM
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Re: Best pastel pencil sharpener?

I also purchased the Creative Mark Multi Point Sharpener after becoming exceedingly frustrated with impossible to sharpen pencils. I had a sepia pencil that I was never able to use after the initial use due to the fact that every time I tried to sharpen it, it would break (and this was with an exacto knife). Two bucks was whittling away before my eyes. So, I broke down and purchased the Creative Mark and WOW. It sharpens beautifully and I haven't broken another point yet. I've used a very good battery operated sharpener, exacto knives etc etc and nothing compares to the Creative Mark. I don't care if it gets dull, I'm saving so much in pencil wastage, that it would be well worth replacing it if it dulls down. Thanks for the recommendation Mary Ann - what a great sharpener.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:20 AM
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Re: Best pastel pencil sharpener?

I'm glad you took my recommendation, Kym. I still love my Creative Mark sharpener too.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:33 AM
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Re: Best pastel pencil sharpener?

I've had good results with the General's All-Art sharpener (handheld) as long as it's brand new. Or any wide-hole side of a two-hole sharpener as long as the blade is fresh. It's essential to have a fresh blade to sharpen pastel pencils.

I think that Dahle sharpener is interesting though -- nice that it's the crank type rather than needing batteries. I might try that sometime.

Robert A. Sloan, proud member of the Oil Pastel Society
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:50 AM
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Re: Best pastel pencil sharpener?

For my conte, pastel, and charcoal pencils, I use the General brand pencil sharpener. It's a little plastic thing (normally has a small hole and a large hole). Usually when you go to the art supply store they have the little hand held metal/silver ones. Somewhere in the vicinity should be a little red (or sometimes black) sharpener. I've never had broken lead with it.

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