Typically, I go through 2-3 pencil sharpeners a year in my classroom, and it was about that time when I got an email from Troy at Classroom Friendly Supplies asking if I was interested in trying out his pencil sharpener. He claimed it was super quiet, and I had seen some other bloggers review it so I decided to go for it and really put it to the test. It arrived late last week in a cute little box, and we busted it out in our kitchen to test it immediately.
The first thing I noticed, besides it coming in my favorite hot pink color, was that it was a manual sharpener. I guess I hadn't been paying that close of attention when I had seen it before so it came as a little bit of a shock to me. However, if it could handle all the colored pencil sharpening craziness that goes on in my room, I was willing to cut the cord.
Now that I've had this great sharpener for a few weeks, here's what I can tell you.
- It really is quiet! The first time I used it at home the baby was in the same room sleeping...and she stayed sleeping. That, in itself, is a small miracle.
- It is AMAZING with pencils and colored pencils. You get an awesome, super sharp, smooth-writing point every time. None of that weird half-sharpened stuff I would get with our old sharpener.
- Its super cute. Okay, I know that sounds silly, but it coordinates perfectly with my room. Might not be important to some...but it matters to me. I've got to look at the thing every day.
- It is super easy to use. Once I taught my kids how to work it, every single student was able to use it quickly and easily. For many of them this was their first experience with a manual pencil sharpener...so I got a chance to school them on the fact that "back in my day" nearly all the pencil sharpeners in a school were "kid-powered".
- To work the best, it needs to be anchored. Overall, not an issue. However, there were a few tables in my classroom that it just didn't work well with.
- It has a learning curve. Again, not really a negative. I just had to specifically teach my students how to use it vs. an electric sharpener. Here's a super short and easy video to help you out with that process.
Those things being said. I definitely plan to invest in another of these sharpeners for my home. In a two teacher household sharpened pencils are like gold, and this sharpener rocked it. Throw in the fact that it is super cute, and how could I not buy one for our home office? Plus just look at the point on the colored pencil we tested it out on...
Even better? Troy has offered to give a sharpener free to a Third Wheel reader. How awesome is that, right? You even get to choose what color you'd like!