Pencil Sharpener Buyer’s Guide

author: Lynn

A high-quality pencil sharpener can make a pencil a dream to write and draw with. When choosing an option for your needs, consider the following Key Considerations :


Some pencil sharpeners offer more than one sharpening hole to accommodate different sized pencils. If you always use standard 8mm size pencils then a single sharpener of this diameter should be fine but if you switch between pencil sizes and pencil types it may be a good idea to consider a sharpener that offers multiple size options.
You maybe choose below products:


Sharpening Angle

Different sharpeners offer varying sharpening angles. A smaller angle provides a sturdier tip with less breakage while a larger angle shows more lead and allows you to use the pencil for longer before needing to sharpen it again.
These types can adjust lead tip in "sharp" or "flat" mode

Overall Finish

A sharpener can be too harsh on a pencil leaving dents in the wood which can impact the integrity and strength of the pencil. The best pencil sharpeners need to be both gentle and effective.

Shavings Bin

Good sharpeners have a shavings bin that catches all the mess and keeps it contained until you can empty it into a waste bin. This is a great feature that ensures your bag or pencil case stays clean and means you don’t have to find a bin or worry about cleaning off your work area every time you want to sharpen a pencil. The size of the shavings bin varies between products so consider your use and how often you’ll need to empty it. As an example, classrooms would benefit from a larger bin.
These types have bigger shabing bin:

Electric Or Manual?

Electric pencil sharpeners can help streamline the sharpening process and get you back to work in next to no time. They tend to be a good option for schools as a classroom electric sharpener can ensure children don’t waste their time borrowing and using each other’s manual sharpeners or stationery. The downside to electric sharpeners is the battery power and the need to replace AA batteries or have it plugged in.

Manual sharpeners are inexpensive, lightweight and can be used anywhere. They involve slightly more effort by the user but can give you control over how sharp you want the pencil. Manual options can also be crank operated.


Blade Cutters Or Helical Cutters

A blade cutter is when the pencil is moved against the blade, it is very common and is often seen in small handheld sharpeners.

A helical blade is seen in crank-operated or wall mounted sharpeners. The pencil stays still and the blades rotate around the pencil. This tends to be a good option for children as the blades are not exposed making them safe to use. This cutter will create a fine point on most pencils.

Additional Considerations