Don’t you just love writing with a nice, sharp pencil? I know, we’re not talking here about curing cancer or solving world hunger — but often in life, it’s the little things.
And one of those little things is a pencil with a great point.
How to get a pencil nicely sharpened? It can be more difficult than you might think. I’ve had many pencil sharpeners in my life, and I’ve experienced many more as a teacher. You always hope for a good one, but honestly, how many times have you turned the crank (or put a pencil into an automatic sharpener and listened to the WHIRRR) over and over and over and … finally you pull your pencil out, only to find it broken off, or just not sharpened well?
Well. Your fortunes are about to change, because I’m here to tell you about the best pencil sharpener you will ever use. Seriously!
It’s made by Classroom Friendly Supplies (yes, it was started by an elementary teacher). I’ve used one at home for several years, and just recently I learned about a new addition to the line: the sharpener in cheery Hello Yellow.
How to Use the Best Pencil Sharpener
In my experience, there’s a bit of a learning curve for these sharpeners. If you’re using them with a classroom, I recommend taking five minutes to teach the kids how to use them. First, you need to use one hand to hold the sharpener while with the other hand you pull the front silver portion forward.
Squeeze the black squares at the top together and insert your pencil. Let go: the pencil will stay in place. Turn the knob (you don’t need to hold the pencil). You’ll know your pencil is sharp when you turn the knob with no resistance. Here’s a how-to chart the company made.
In the top photo, you’ll see a piece that comes with the sharpener, for fastening it onto a counter edge. Maybe it’s just that my family is a little … um … enthusiastic, but this never worked too well for us. I prefer simply holding the top of the sharpener down with one hand while turning the crank with the other. Works great!
Thanks to Classroom Friendly Supplies for a sharpener to test. I don't earn anything from any purchases you may make --