Hello all! I’ve been trying out so many sharpeners lately that I absolutely had to write about it. I don’t get too many chances to talk about pencil/pen accessories but they are just as important as the writing instrument itself and it is nice to know that there are alternatives out there than just your average plastic pencil sharpener.
I’ve discovered over time that there are a surprising amount of choices out there and handful of decisions that need to be made to find the write sharpener for you or your choice of pencils. A few of those are:
- Size of pencil – Pencils usually come in 8mm but can go up to 10.5mm. Some sharpeners may have a common option and a jumbo option
- Shape – Is your pencil hexagonal, triangular, circular, flat?
- Sharpening angel – Do you like having a long point or a short point?
- Lead Point – Do you prefer it to be sharp or blunt?
With all of this in mind let’s get into a couple of sharpeners I’ve been using daily!
The Alvin Brass Bullet Sharpener , also known as the Mobius and Ruppert (M+R) Bullet Sharpener, is made of solid brass. It also has a nice diamond shaped machined grip. This sharpener also fits great in the pocket.
There is only 1 size option for points. It does work with circular, triangular, and hexagonal pencils.
The Alvin Brass Bullet sharpener creates what I call a “standard point”. It does not create a real long point. Having a shorter point helps give the point more stability but a lot of people prefer the visual of having a long point.
Overall the Alvin is a great pocket sharpener that you can throw in a pocket or in a bag and carry with you just about everywhere. It is made entirely out of brass and can stand quite a beating. The blades are replaceable and inexpensive. This is a pretty nice sharpener for between $2 and $3. Click to pick one up!
The Carl Angel-5 is what most people call a “Classroom Friendly sharpener”. It is an amazing hand-crank operated desk sharpener. This guy can take a massive amount of use before blades need to be made. I know teachers that use these for years and years. They are the desk work horses of pencil sharpeners!
To operate one of these you pull the front face forward, open the clamps, and stick your pencil in. It keeps the pencil centered and as you crank the sharpener it sharpens the pencil and stops automatically until it is perfect. Typically it only takes two or three cranks and that is about all a pencil needs. If you continue to try to sharpen the blades just spin but nothing happens. This can help cut down on unnecessary sharpening.
The classroom friendly sharpeners also come in a wide variety of colors. There are only two catches with these. The teeth in the clamps will typically bite down a little too much on the pencil and leave teeth marks after sharpening but that is such a minor thing to complain about The other catch is that it is about $20 – $25 for one but we are talking about a sharpener that will last you years of everyday use and abuse and sharpen pencils perfectly every time. It is an investment well worth it.
The Carl Angel-5 makes a nice long long point! Pick one up
The Kum Eclipse is a fun sharpener. They come in all sorts of bright colors and also has a shaving catcher. The shape makes it easy to slip it into a pencil case or bag without taking up too much room.
The Kum Eclipse only has an option for common sized pencils but it will work with different shaped pencils.
It sharpens a short point but not as well as the Alvin Bullet. This sharpener also costs about $4 – $6. Pick one up .
The Kum Long Point sharpener is also a really nice sharpener. It is only about $5 but makes really nice long points and has a shaving catch built in!
The Kum Long point requires a two-step process. Step 1 shaves the wood and Step 2 sharpens the lead.
That is a pretty nice point and decent alternative to a classroom friendly. Pick one up .
Kum Master Piece
The Kum Masterpiece is another popular favorite amongst the community but comes with a price of about $12.
The Masterpiece comes with a button pouch, a plastic container, and two replacement blades.
The Masterpiece is also a two-step sharpener like the Kum Long Point.
The blue end can also be removed to help replace blades or take up less space.
It sharpens a really nice long point as well. I struggle with this one though because it is a huge jump in cost from the Kum Long point sharpener but it is made our of steel and not plastic but you also loose the shaving catch that the Kum Long Point sharpener has and you end up using the carrying pouch as an impromptu shaving catcher until you are near a trash can. I can see the argument from both sides but if you are wanting a nice sharpener that is portable the Masterpiece is a nice addition to the arsenal.
Kum Pop High Cube
The Kum Pop High Cube is very similar to the Kum Eclipse. It has the same price but you sacrifice portability for the ability to sharpen jumbo pencils.
As you can see it sharpens a short tip, but like the Eclipse it is not perfect.
Overall my favorite portable sharpener has been the Kum Long Point Sharpener and my favorite desk sharpener is the Carl Angel-5 by far.
Thanks for reading as always and I hope you’ve enjoyed some info on manual pencil sharpeners. Hit me up in HERE or comment below and let me know what kind of sharpeners you like to use!