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Forum topic by tywalt posted 06-19-2019 05:05 PM 1884 views 0 times favorited 55 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tywalt

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06-19-2019 05:05 PM

OK, so by clicking on the title of this post, you are already aware that this is going to be a stupid question (yes, they do exist).

I’ve had the same old battery powered pencil sharpener in my shop for over a decade now. It has put a nice long and sharp point on my Ticonderoga #2’s every time I asked it to… until last week. Ol’ faithful gave out on me as I was sharpening up the box of dull pencils I keep on the bench. I bought a new one off amazon for about $10 and the thing was crap. Didn’t actually put a sharp point on the lead. So I stopped by a hobby lobby and grabbed another thinking that a fancy artsy one would work… but it doesn’t have enough torque to actually cut the wood.

Anyone have a lead on an electric sharpener that puts a long tapered point on a pencil?

Before you try and talk me into using some mechanical, refillable, lead extruding contraption, I actually enjoy my Ticonderoga #2 pencils. I have a box of sharp unused pencils in the bench well that I reach for and a box for dull ones when they start to dull. Once the dull box fills up, they all get sharpened and go back to the sharp box. It is a simple system and I am a simple (read: stubborn) man and I don’t want to change! :)

-- Tyler - Central TX


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#1 posted 06-19-2019 05:15 PM

Does it have to be battery powered? I have a very old antique I inherited from my Grandmother and it’s still going strong and puts a damn fine tip on a pencil.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 06-19-2019 05:20 PM

Yeah, I gave that some thought. But, when I go to sharpen, I end up sharpening a whole box of dulls (maybe 50+ pencils or so) and the battery is nice. Not necessary, but nice.

I didn’t think there was going to be this much hassle in getting a new sharpener or I would have taken apart the old one and tried to fix it before I threw it away.

-- Tyler - Central TX

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#3 posted 06-19-2019 05:21 PM

I had an old electric one that finally gave out. I tried several and ended up with a nice hand crank one (X-Acto) hanging on a cabinet. Could not be happier. I like wood pencils best also.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 06-19-2019 05:29 PM

Well, I googled it and looked at some top 10 lists and this one seems to consitently be on those lists. Has a lot of reviews on Amazon and some pretty high marks.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 06-19-2019 05:37 PM

Well, I bought an electric one at Costco that works ok, (mainly for kids), I use it when sharpening a few. But when I am just touching up one i’ll use the one in my tape measure/pencil holder on my pegboard:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Plastic-Peg-Pencil-Sharpener-with-Tape-Measure-Holder-in-Gray-24285/205489068

https://www.amazon.com/Lehigh-PBTMP-Measure-Pencil-Holder/dp/B0044FQOAW

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#6 posted 06-19-2019 05:52 PM

I have the crank virsion. Works great.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 06-19-2019 06:19 PM

We have a old Boston KS handcrank pencil shrarpener, but I like to pull out one of these. More fun and get a nice point
Plus the wheels turn to have some more fun.

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#8 posted 06-19-2019 06:19 PM

I’ve had this one for about three years. Works great.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QOCJYM8

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#9 posted 06-19-2019 06:42 PM

I’ve had this Royal electric the shop for at least 7 years, and I swiped from my wife’s desk when it was probably 5 years old. Still does a nice job, though this model has been superseded.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#10 posted 06-19-2019 07:25 PM

Purchased this Boston plug in electric 25 years ago at an office supply store, lots of power (2.0 A). Don’t know how many boxes of Dixon #2 HB’s I have sharpened down to their stubs, no sign of quiting so far.

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#11 posted 06-19-2019 07:52 PM

Fantastic. Thanks for the tips everyone!

-- Tyler - Central TX

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#12 posted 06-19-2019 08:30 PM

Love those old hand crankers

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#13 posted 06-19-2019 11:46 PM


Does it have to be battery powered? I have a very old antique I inherited from my Grandmother and it s still going strong and puts a damn fine tip on a pencil.

- HokieKen

I’ve got one of those in my home office and another in my workshop—does the job just fine!

-- PPBart

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#14 posted 06-20-2019 12:06 AM

Another choice from Amazon.

We have two of these in our home, with one of them living in my shop.

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#15 posted 06-20-2019 03:38 AM

Not a dumb question. Pencil sharpener is important. I love my pencil sharpener “X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener OK it’s maybe the most expensive one of its type, but its built for school use and it is amazingly fast. Jams less than any pencil sharpener I’ve used. Does need electricity.

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