Throughout the years, I've bought about a dozen brand name heavy duty pencil sharpeners for my classroom. They were all rather expensive and supposed to be durable. However, none of them ever lasted for more than a few months.
Last year, I finally gave up and simply relied on mechanical pencils and asked my students to bring a sharpener from home. However, this wasn't any better! After spending a year picking up pencil shavings from the floor, and having to remove pencil points from countless sharpeners, I decided to give a classroom sharpener one more try.
The only difference, was that this time I was going to use a pencil sharpener recommended by fellow teachers. That's how I ended up with my Classroom Friendly Sharpener. I kept seeing them on my Instagram feed and on Facebook and decided to give them a try.
*They come in a variety of colors, so you are no longer limited to blue and black... AMEN!
*Each costs $24.99 and includes free shipping. That's not too bad. Maybe a months worth of Starbucks coffee :0)
*They are simple to use and sharpen pencils in the blink of an eye. It's that quick!
*They are not noiseless, but fairly quiet.
*They sharpen pencils to a VERY sharp point EVERY single time.
*They can even handle pencils with metallic paper.
Let's talk about the con's:
*The clamp that is included with the sharpener does not do a great job of holding the sharpener in place. Over time the clamp does need to be retightened. If you'd like, for an additional $9.99 you can purchase a plate to mount them permanently. I've been making do without it and it's been working out just fine. I just tighten the clamp every few days or so.
So how does the sharpener work?
It's actually really simple. The first thing you have to do is pull the silver face forward until it locks into place like this...
Next, pinch the two black knobs together and insert your pencil completely into the sharpener...
Place one hand on top of the sharpener to secure it. Then turn the handle clockwise to begin sharpening the pencil. The handle will spin freely once the pencil is fully sharpened. While the pencil is sharpening do NOT touch the pencil. The silver face will pull the pencil in automatically so no need to push.
Pinch the two black knobs one final time to remove the pencil... All that's left now is to ooh and ahh over that point! Actually, that's exactly what my kids do... LOL!
So what's my verdict on Classroom Friendly Sharpeners? I think everyone should own one! They are that good!!! Not only is this sharpener quick, relatively quiet, and lightweight, but every pencil comes out perfectly sharpened time and time again.
Right now I wish I could be like a teacher version of Oprah and say, "Here's one for you and you and you!" Because you all would be loving me right now!
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