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I'll get straight to the point . . . .
on 28 January 2011
My wife who is a teacher put one of these on her Christmas list and I assumed it would end up in school.
However, it was deemed 'too good' for school and has been used exclusively on what can only be described as a 'war reserve' of pencils accumulated in our household.
The basic construction is robust, although probably not as attractive as others on the market, I purchased it as it had better reviews than most and was on Prime.
As you can see from the photo, it has a movable dial on the top to accommodate various pencil sizes. As mentioned by other reviewers, it has two blades which do look like cleverly mounted pencil sharpeners.
The blade on the left will only service standard pencils whilst the one on the right can be be used to service standard to fat, although the one fat that we do have looked rather more like it had been polished than sharpened.
Each sharpener appears to have it's own motor so it takes 4 x AA batteries, 2 for each. The battery covers are easy but secure . . . no fiddly little screw that are so popular today, and it is a simple 'slide and click' affair, as is the transparent cover on the front for emptying shavings.
The operation is simply a push-to-sharpen procedure and I have to say, the end results have so far been impressive for standard pencils. We have had no lead breakages, save where a lead is broken the length of the pencil and you can achieve a point that would make a mosquito wince.
Overall, we have had no complaints although I bear in mind the blunting comments from others as that was my first concern when seeing the internal mechanism.