A bad batch (?) or just...
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
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
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