As a homeschooling mom, making sure we have a few good pencils in our school supply kit is a must. They're great to have around for practicing writing skills and completing activity books. Then there's the colored pencils, which are always a precious commodity to have in our art supplies. Of course our supply wouldn't be complete without a really good pencil sharpener. I, myself, am quite picky about how well my pencils write (I am the same way about pens, too, but I'll leave that for another day). They must have a nice, sharp point, but it can be hit or miss when you don't have the right sharpener. Many of the smaller, plastic handheld ones have a tendency to break easily. Motorized sharpeners are good, although a bit noisy at times. Then there's your traditional manual sharpener. These are the ones that I so fondly remember in my own school days as a child, many, many moons ago.
Something like this:
An added bonus that came with our home when we bought it.
Our manual sharpener works well, but it can be a little temperamental at times, breaking pencil points if we over sharpen. Then there's the fact that it's screwed down onto a shelf in an old storage closet, which means we have to trek ourselves downstairs each time we need to sharpen our pencils. Of course, I don't begrudge our friendly manual sharpener. It has still been kind to us for the most part. Even so, I can't help, but get excited about our newest school supply gadget, The Best Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies.
The Best Pencil Sharpener is very similar to a traditional manual sharpener with a few enhancements that make it actually live up to its name. For one, it's easy to use. Simply pull out the silver plate and squeeze the two black notches to insert your pencil. Once it is secure and in place, hold the top and turn the knob counterclockwise to sharpen. As you do this, the plate along with the pencil begins to pull inwards. Once the knob shows no resistance, your pencil is sharpened.
At first, I wondered how these steps this could produce results that would be different than an average manual sharpener, but truth be told the designers of this product have pencil sharpening down to a complete science. Really! I'm not kidding! I've tested this out on tons of pencils and each and every time, it never failed, I received a perfect point. There was no guesswork. I didn't have to keep pulling out the pencil every so often to see if it was done, because this actually lets you know when your pencil is ready. No batteries and no motors needed, and not one broken pencil point in the process!
Whoa! Look at the perfect point!
Additional Benefits of The Best Pencil Sharpener:
- It's easy to dispose of the pencil shavings without a mess. Simply pull out the plastic container and dump the shavings into a trash receptacle.
- There's an option to purchase replacement blades if need be.
- It comes in a nice selection of bright, fun colors. The hardest part will be choosing which one you want.
The Best Pencil Sharpener comes with two options. You can use it as a handheld sharpener or clamp it down to a surface. Since we personally prefer the convenience of using the sharpener wherever we choose, I have yet to set up the clamp. To be honest, it's so easy to use anywhere, I'm not sure if we will ever use that option. With that being said, I still think it's a neat extra to include in the package for those who would prefer a set place for their sharpener.
Whether you are homeschooling or not, everyone needs a few good pencils that are sharpened and ready to go. With so many sharpeners on the market, it can be daunting to find a good one that's going to last. What I like about the pencil sharpeners from Classroom Friendly Supplies is that they work just as good as a motorized one, achieving that perfect pencil point, while offering a less noisier option that's similar to a traditional manual sharpener. It's like having the best of both worlds! Plus, there's a 90-day money back guarantee and lifetime technical support, so you really have nothing to lose.
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