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Pencil Sharpener Reviews

Updated on August 7, 2013

Pencil Sharpener Reviews

One of the more amazing devices contrived by civilized humankind might be the pencil. Pencils write at virtually any angle. They work at any altitude. They produce a readable representation of thoughts, dreams, fantasies, and even columns of semi-interesting numbers. The Russian space program uses pencils in outer space.

Unfortunately, pencils tend to lose their edge in rather short order. A pencil sharpener represents a viable solution to dull pencil disease, but a wide variety of such devices exist. Winnowing down the list of potential sharpening candidates can be a daunting proposition. We present here a compendium of best-selling pencil sharpeners that are guaranteed to help you keep your edge in the competitive world of handwriting. You don't always need a keyboard. When it's time for some pencil-scribing, be sure to arm yourself with the latest in applied sharpening technology. Don't be caught with a dull writing device for your sharp words.


X-Acto Model KS Table- or Wall-Mount Pencil Sharpener

Retro devices are never out of style. Years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the fruited plain, shiny steel manually operated devices provided hours of sharpening enjoyment to students all across the elementary school landscape. Relive those days with the X-acto Model KS. Mount it to student desks for a secure and readily available sharpening experience, or hang it on the wall for use as a publicly accessible solution. Your 3rd grade teacher would be proud to know that you're carrying on the tradition of hand-cranked sharpening. No pencil is too big or too small: the specially engineered pencil guide is universally adjustable for everything from golf pencils to massive crayon-like pencils favored by tiny grade-school hands.

An oversize shavings accumulator accumulates all loose shavings and broken lead. When full, it easily separates from the sharpening sharpeners for easy disposal. It includes a 10 year warranty, so no child will be left behind. Don't leave your classroom or your home office without secure and reliable sharpening opportunities.

Automated sharpening
Automated sharpening

X-Acto 1744 Heavy-Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener

When the time arrives for massive no-holds-barred pencil sharpening, this little unit steps up and shines like a bottle rocket on the last day of school. No pencil wielding mathematician or Language Arts major will ever suffer the sting of a less than optimal graphite-based writing device. Like lunch ladies in the cafeteria, this electrically operated device keeps on working until the fuses blow or the recess bell rings.

Simply plug it in and walk away. Your friends and co-workers will know what to do. The poor huddled masses yearning to be sharp will flock to your cubicle.  Word spreads fast when there's a new sharpener in the accounting department.

This unit comes in any color you prefer, as long as it's black, faux wood grain, or putty. it matches every classroom ever built.

Cool kid sharpeners
Cool kid sharpeners

Prismacolor Oval Pencil Sharpener

They look like anything but pencil sharpeners, but they are nothing but pencil sharpeners. Nothing makes you look cooler than The Prismacolor Oval. Whip out a few of these babies in the library or at your next press conference: everyone will instantly realize that you came prepared to sharpen. Your pencils will never know what hit them. Jame Bond probably had several Prismacolor Ovals tucked away in the glove box of his Aston Martin. Of course, his Prismacolor Ovals probably had some special 'enhancements' such as sleeping gas or radio transmitters or supercomputers, but all you really need is pencil sharpening capability.

Prismacolor is widely known and respected for graphic arts supplies. Their line of colored pencils is nonpareil, but unfortunately they do tend get to dull rather quickly when they are actually used to draw stuff. Fortunately, the Prismacolor Oval rides to the rescue. Don't leave the art studio without a few of these oval-shaped devices.

Space-age high-tech sharpening of graphite-based writing devices
Space-age high-tech sharpening of graphite-based writing devices

Stanley Bostitch QuietSharp Executive Electric Pencil Sharpener

Should life present you with a slew of executive pencils that require modification, consider this space-age device from the Stanley Corporation. An array of high-tech blades silently slices away everything that doesn't look like a pencil point. A specially engineered motor carefully monitors itself and shuts off in advance of dangerous over-temperature conditions. A cool modular design offers a pleasant emptying experience from the first day you deploy it until the day you complete your PhD in nuclear physics. The thing just refuses to stop providing amazing features.

Stanley has been designing and manufacturing reliable tools since 1920. They make some really cool hack saws, crosscut saws, and tin snips, but none of these cutting tools rivals their QuietSharp Executive Electric Pencil Sharpener when the time comes to actually sharpen a pencil. Always use the proper tool for the job at hand. You wouldn't build a log cabin with an electric pencil sharpener, nor should you consider rolling out the 12" high tension hacksaw to apply a point to a #2 pencil.

This unit is specially designed to be extremely simple to use: it has one hole and it only accepts things that fit into that hole. The hole is mounted prominently on the front panel and is strategically pointed in the precise direction for optimal sharpening.


The world can get rather dull sometimes. Don't let it happen to your pencils.

Pencil sharpening is a human right

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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Insane: Sharpening a rock is not Monkey Calculus. You can do it!

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Outside of Amazon "power sellers," it generally takes a good guy to promote pencil sharpeners. I typically use rocks when I'm making caveman art inside my cave... Do they sell rock sharpeners?

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      JBeadle 7 years ago from Midwest

      We have the X-Acto model. It reminds me of grade school when I use it and how happy I am to not be there!

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've resorted to the cheap ones that staples has as loss leaders in the fall. Glad to know they still make the others.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      What level of niceness are we talking about here? Normal niceness? Superior niceness? or WTF niceness?

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Ummm... no?

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      Kindacrazy 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Ya just never know when you'll need a good pencil sharpener

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Do they still make pencils? I had no idea.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      He is not as nice as me are you drbj? (he'll say no - you watch)...anyway the motor shuts itself up when it gets too hot and what about a carpenter's pencil sharpener - that's a question for you.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @drbj : You are so nice!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      "Poor huddled masses yearning to be sharp?" You know, nicomp, I could never even hope to reach that level of superior journalistic effort. Bravo!