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This thing is great....
August 18, 2013
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This thing is great. Tried it right away with Stabilo "All" 8400 series colored pencils. They are very soft and notoriously hard to sharpen without breaking the lead and this sharpener brought them to a long, fine point with little effort. The ratcheting mechanism works great although I found the pop-up button to be negligibly useful. The one design flaw I've found is that you can't access the blade to clean it if it becomes clogged with a broken lead, but the fact that breaking leads while sharpening doesn't really seem to be an issue so far that might not matter. The chamber holds a fair amount of shavings, much more so than other compact sharpeners I've owned. I'm not sure how long the blade will hold up so i'll be ordering another one for my second drawing kit.
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I like my pencils pointy...
June 22, 2015
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I like my pencils pointy and tend to over sharpen. I sharpened all (estimated 40) of my pencils with this sharpener and broke no tip. The only down side, and I use that term loosely, to this sharpener is that you can't let it get too full. It's design makes it a bit tricky to unload when a lot of shavings are on the opposite side of the opening. This has an easy fix so I will probably purchase more at another time. Another bonus was the color. I love orange.
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Nice but has lost its...
December 1, 2015
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Nice but has lost its precision over time. Bit awkward to empty.
This is the best sharpener...
September 19, 2015
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This is the best sharpener I've ever had!
Worth more than twice the price.
Very gentle using on my many expensive sets of color and watercolor pencils.
And it's cute as a button!
Will order more to give as gifts.
This is probably one...
September 3, 2015
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This is probably one of my favorite sharpeners for colored pencils right now.
Self-contained which...
March 6, 2015
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Self-contained which makes it great to carry anywhere... pockets to pencil case. Notifies you when your pencil's point is perfect everytime.
Having a sharpener that...
February 22, 2015
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Having a sharpener that rotates with the pencil has saved me broken leads on colored pencils that I seem to get with other "non-rotating" sharpeners. This sharpener is not perfect (emptying it is a little bit tricky and the button is basically useless), but is now my preferred sharpener for all pencils.
Sharp looking pencil...
December 18, 2014
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Sharp looking pencil sharpener
I love the mechanism...
November 2, 2014
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I love the mechanism that allows me to just hold onto the pencil and twist it back and forth. It makes something as simple as sharpening a pencil even simpler (and I didn't know that was possible!) The notification system works well, however, if it's too full, I find that a sharpened pencil doesn't always trigger the 'pop'. I would have given this a 5-star rating, but it lost the one star due to the difficulty of emptying the shavings from this sharpener. I found myself spending more time than necessary standing by the garbage bin, shaking all the shavings out. Because the latch is on one side of the sharpener, the shavings that get stuck on the other side (past the blade), takes a few good shakes before they make their way out.

I do see that Sonic Ratchetta now has a capsule version out. That might be worth a try and it might solve the issue I was having with this one.
Perfect for my students...
November 1, 2014
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Perfect for my students in class when a quick, quiet sharpener is needed. Just keep going till the button pops, so they can pay attention as they sharpen. More colors, please!!
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