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The Kum Automatic Long...
March 30, 2011
The Kum Automatic Long Point Pencil Sharpener has to be one of the best small portable sharpener I have so far used. Like the previous person said, I strongly recommend this sharpener to anyone who uses wooden pencils.

Pros: Easy to use. Small and portable. Gives a great very pointy lead. Comes with two replacement blades. Also has a sharpener for leadholders that use 2 mm or 3 mm leads.

I mention this end bit because I was really pleased with it. I bought a Lamy Scribble 3.15mm drafting pencil from here. And though I was really pleased with the pencil. I had no way of sharpening it. I bought this sharpener a couple of months before I bought the Scribble, and then I had no idea what a leadholder was. I was incredibly pleased to discover that I could sharpen my pencil graphite with this sharpener.
Cons: It fills up with lead shavings really quickly becaue it's so small. The blades became pretty dull after +5 months of use, but that may be because I used this alot and I had people asking me for this sharpener too. It would also sometimes but rarely break the lead of my pencils when I was sharpening ithem.

All in all, this is a wonderful great sharpener. Easy to use and gives a great point. But like I said, it fills will pencil shavings pretty quickly. And the blades dulled somewhat quickly. I have now though found a solution. I only use this sharpener when I am at University or not home. When I am home though, I use my Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener that can be bought here. Note: I'm not affiliated with them. I just really like their pencil sharpener:
Which I argue to some extent that it may sharpen a little better than this. But since it's so big, I don't take it with me to classes haha.
Buy this Kum sharpener. You honestly won't regret it. I know I haven't.
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A bad batch (?) or just...
February 1, 2014
A bad batch (?) or just bad? And needs some improvements. I bought this last fall, and Hole No. 1 basically wouldn't sharpen anything. So a friend at the store where I bought it, switched the blade for me. That used one of the spare blades. Now it mostly works, but I really didn't get four working blades. At the same time and same store, I heard that another customer bought 10 at a time (to use as gifts!), and returned 4 of them; I believe it was for the same reason.

I'm not that impressed with the actual sharpening that this does, but I think the concept is wonderful. Here are the things (besides a dull blade) that get in the way of functionality for me:

1) It's hard to see what you are doing: the shavings quickly cover up the blade on the left side, so you really can't see when you've gotten the pencil point to the stage where it's time to switch to the right blade. The blue color makes the interior dark, so another hard to see factor. In addition, the etched/embossed branding on the plastic cover also reduces visibility.

2) The spare blades are at great risk of falling out when you empty the shavings. That's happened to me twice, and the first time almost made me throw the whole thing away. I had emptied the shavings into the trash at a "food court", so you know it wasn't nice trash. As I was walking away, I noticed the spare blades were gone. Fortunately, I was able to go back and find the blades caught in some paper and retrieve them.

When one blade is DOA, and if you lose the other replacement blade because of poor product design, I think it's time to find another sharpener, despite the wonderful concept.
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Have you ever before...
February 9, 2013
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Have you ever before bought a pencil sharpener with adjustable and replaceable blades?

This is a precision instrument. And and inexpensive one, at that.

If you have some nice pencils - Faber-Castell, Rhodia, Staedtler - you will love how this sharpens them.

Step one "sharpens" the wood, grinding it back from the graphite.

Step two puts a beautiful point on the graphite.

The result is a long, slim, perfect point. Little breakage while sharpening (unless the pencil is a cheap one), and a clean, nice point at the end.

I bought several of these, so I'd always have one available.
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This is a great sharpener....
September 9, 2011
This is a great sharpener. I really like it. The blades are very sharp. The only complaint that I have is that I cannot find replacement blades. It's cheap enough that you can just buy another...but I'd rather just buy more blades.
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I reccomend this to anyone...
November 1, 2010
I reccomend this to anyone who uses wooden pencils! This is a very good pencil sharpener - works great on any pencil (HB, F etc.) and depending on wood length, the lead can be very long, which is very useful, e.g. for shading.
It may seem expensive, but looking at the quality and the items (it includes spare blades after all), it's worth buying!
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I got this KUM sharpener...
August 2, 2013
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I got this KUM sharpener after reading the glowing reviews here. I use clutch pencils as well as your standard wood and I have sharpeners for both lead holders and pencils...happen to be mostly Staedtlers. I thought here's an all in one for 5 bucks so what the hey...easier to stick one sharpener in the pencil box when on the road...maybe not.
I can't say that this is a worthwhile item. The 2 mm lead pointer barely pointed the lead...Maybe I have to adjust the blade? Kind of annoying that it needs adjusting..and the long point sharpener..having problems with that as well. Needs adjustment? ....sorry but can't agree with the other reviewers here. When something claims to do more then one thing well....clever idea KUM but it is barely one step above a .50 cent kiddie pencil sharpener. Get a Staedtler if you need to sharpen 2 mm lead.
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Works great on pencils...
July 22, 2015
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Works great on pencils just like the regular one, but the 2mm lead sharpener is a little too narrow and tends to break soft leads.
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Pros: Sharpens like nothing...
January 18, 2015
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Pros: Sharpens like nothing else, doesn't break the leads and makes for a very nice point.

Cons: The lid's joint is basically just a fold in the plastic (IDK how else to describe it). It is very very thin and it gave after very little use. I usually empty the sharpener after every use because it doesn't really have room to hold shavings.

Aside from that, the best I've ever had and I'd buy it again, even if annoyed at the fact that the lid now mostly holds on through sheer luck rather than having a clipping mechanism or something.
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I just got this sharpener...
December 25, 2012
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I just got this sharpener today and I love it! It sharpens really smothly and soesnt break the points, like some other sharpeners do. I mainly got this to sharpen my 2mm lead holders and my 3.15mm Worther Shorty Pencil. I thought the lead pointers on this sharpener were just somethign extra and wouldn't be the best. Boy was I wrong! It gave an amazingly long point to the leads to! This is the best sharpener I've ever had. Its good for lead holders and regular wooden pencils. Recommended.
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Not suggested for Uni...
September 30, 2016
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Not suggested for Uni 9000 pencils. I bought this as it seems like a great idea (it is!), but I have since needed to purchase a different sharpener, as this one continued to break the lead as I sharpened it. I use Uni 9000 (2B-4H) pencils, and when using the second step the lead of the pencil would consistently break off down to the wood I had just sharpened. No matter how softly I would attempt to use the sharpener, this would happen just as I thought the pencil was sharp. Additionally, when I would stop sharpening before it broke, there would be a small area of untouched lead before the wood started, that is, it was not a straight line from point to full diameter. This is somewhat of an aesthetic quibble, but a quibble nonetheless.

I have not tried this sharpener on any other pencil brands, and from the reviews I assume this is not the case everywhere. However, if you use Uni 9000 pencils, I suggest looking elsewhere for a sharpener.
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