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Caran d’Ache Pencil Sharpening Machine

An icon of the pencil world not yet featured by this blog is the Caran d’Ache Pencil Sharpening Machine. A sturdy all metal desktop sharpener, the product has been in production for eighty years. In honour of that anniversary, Caran d’Ache issued a limited edition of 1933 in a matte black finish. It’s a beauty. [...]

KUM Special Diameter pencil sharpener

The website for the KUM Special Diameter pencil sharpener seems reserved in describing the sharpener’s purpose: 8 + 10” Double Pencil Sharpener, for some special-diameter triangular pencils, with 8mm and 10mm holes, container has pencil hole cover, assorted red and black. The idea of a specialty sharpener just for large triangular pencils is appealing, but [...]

El Casco pencil sharpener

From El Casco, here is the M-430 chrome plated and black pencil sharpener. I’ve heard good and bad things about these sharpeners for years. I also don’t seem to ever have read a review or heard a personal account from an owner. An online retailer recently had a very good sale, and I decided to [...]

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener

Troy from Classroom Friendly Supplies kindly sent a “Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener” this way. I’ve previously read reports on the sharpener at Pencil Revolution and Lung Sketching Scrolls. (Alberto really put it through the paces!) Some searching reveals further coverage at Unposted and Little Flower Petals. In terms of modern day desktop sharpeners, there is [...]

Five pencil accessories

Here are five pencil accessories. Purchased from JetPens, they are all inexpensive products aimed at children. Four are from Sun-Star, and one from Tombow. The pencil cap with sharpener allows you to keep a sharpener adjacent to your pencil (if you really want to do this): I can’t avoid noting that the plastic starts looking [...]

Handheld multisharpeners

A few ambitious handheld sharpeners attempt to offer multiple options. Here are four. Upper left: Kutsuwa T’GAAL Upper right: Kutsuwa K’ZOOL Lower left: Flute-like sharpener, name unknown Lower right: 5 steps pencil sharpener The T’GAAL mainly moves a backstop, and slightly moves the (large) blade’s angle: The K’ZOOL manipulates the angle of sharpening, a feature [...]