My title pretty much sums it up perfectly. I bought this because the area for the shavings is quite big compared to what I usually see. As soon as it arrived I started using it. I got through four colouring pencils when on the fifth the sharpener inside had cracked and split. It's now useless, I have tried using it on my crayons but even they are too much for the cracked sharpener to handle. If it were the shavings compartment I would have just stuck it back together without another word, but for the sharpener itself to crack and split so easily is just really disappointing. I think I'll have to stick with the smaller ones from WHSmith since they've all lasted years of uses compared to the piddly two minutes this lasted.