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Sunday, January 24

Retro Pencil Sharpener Review

We homeschool…which means that our kitchen and dining room pretty much look like a school room ALL the time.  So when we were given the opportunity to review this Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener, with its oh-so-cute retro look, I said yes!  It has a 1950’s feel to it, which I just love…especially in the Firehouse Red color that we received.

What makes it so special?  Well, for starters…
  • It is much quieter than your classic classroom sharpener.  You know, the grey metal ones that adjust to fit different pencil sizes…remember how grinding and loud they are?
  • It’s very easy to empty and clean.  The drawer simply slides out.
  • You can mount it or leave it portable.  We attached it to a desk.
  • It clamps on to the pencil so that it doesn’t slide around or go in at a wonky angle.  Do you remember how hard it was to hold a pencil just-so, in perfect place, while sharpening?  No more worrying about that.
  • It only takes a few cranks to get it perfectly sharp!  While you are sharpening the pencil, the chrome face plate slowly moves inward toward the sharpener’s base.  It has some sort of magic inside that prevents over-sharpening, so when you feel the crank handle become easier to turn, you know that it’s done!
  • It comes in six colors, with cute names, so you’re bound to find one that fits your personal style.
  • Replacement parts are available, if needed, at the supplier’s website.
  • Both lefties and righties can use it comfortably.  This is important.
A few downsides :
  • It doesn’t fit the big pre-school pencils, but they do have another version for those that would be worth investing in, if you are a preschool classroom teacher.
  • Instructions!  I could not figure this thing out.  It doesn’t come with paper instructions (although, there are apparently some that can be found online).  Luckily, I have a pre-teen boy who is good at figuring out mechanical things.
  • While quieter than a traditional classroom pencil sharpener, it is still loud.  We won’t be sharpening pencils during naptime or when mom is on the phone.
  • It actually gets the pencil a little too sharp for my liking.  Little hands use a lot of pressure when writing, and it quickly breaks because it is so sharp.  But the older kid is loving it for artistic purposes…the super sharp point is great for drawing!
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