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Jakar Electrical Pencil Sharpener
on 21 August 2012
As a teacher, I thought that I should invest in an electrical pencil sharpener to make life easier. On the whole, I am pleased with the Jakar pencil sharpener as it has equipped my classroom with pots of perfectly sharpened pencils although there are things which could be improved on:
-if you let the machine guide you, it sharpens pencils to a point which is too sharp for my liking. You can, of course, pull out the pencil of your own accord to achieve a less sharp point;
-it is difficult and dangerous for your fingers to recover a lost pencil lead in the motor (on several occasions, I thought that the working life of the sharpener was over as I just could not sort out the jam despite all manner of pokings and shakings);
-it weighs quite a bit which means careful handling is required when cleaning it/trying to recover a jammed pencil lead;
-the shavings receptacle could do with being bigger.
I hoped to allow my pupils to use the sharpener but my worry that they will jam a lead in it and render the machine unusable has meant that I only allow myself to use it. Even when I use it, I dread the next lead jam!